Cape Cod Guide 2010: Beaches: Upper Cape
East Sandwich Beach
The view from the beach at this quiet little summer colony captures the entire Cape and Cape Cod Bay.
North Shore Boulevard, East Sandwich.
Yes, the Knob is a bit of a hike, but it’s worth it. Often deserted, this crescent-shaped beach offers spectacular ogling of the Elizabeth Islands, as well as the towns of Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Fairhaven. Insider tip: If you’re lucky, you can score one of the limited free parking spots at Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole.
Quissett Harbor Road, Falmouth.
Old Silver Beach
The dearth of other options in the area can mean a lot of people packed onto one not-especially-large patch of sand, but once you’ve staked your claim, this beach has an unbeatable combo: wicked warm water and vistas that stretch across Buzzards Bay. Insider tip: There’s nothing to eat for miles (other than at the adjacent Sea Crest Resort), so come prepared.
Quaker Road off Route 28A, North Falmouth.
Surf Drive Beach
This Vineyard Sound beach is popular with older couples (all seemingly accessorized with paperback novels) and younger families, who enjoy the mellow vibe and great views of Martha’s Vineyard.
Surf Drive, Falmouth.
Town Neck/ Boardwalk Beach
This is technically one beach with two parking lots, though locals vehemently differentiate between the two. Park at the Town Neck Road lot and see where it all begins, "it" being Cape Cod itself (the mouth of the canal is just steps away). On the Boardwalk Beach side, enjoy a scenic walk along the long, narrow boardwalk that winds over a marsh. There the surest sign of summer is present: scads of deeply tanned locals jumping into the creek at high tide.
Wood Avenue, Sandwich.