The Cape Cod beaches are among the best beaches in the country, especially once summer rolls around. Found just off the Massachusetts mainland, Cape Cod is entirely surrounded by water, and much of the island's coastline is lined with sandy stretches. In fact, there are nearly 560 miles of unspoiled coastline on Cape Cod, and you will hardly find beaches anywhere that are more pristine than those along the Cape Cod National Seashore.
The Cape Cod National Seashore stretches for about 40 miles along Outer Cape Cod, and as you might expect in a coastal reserve, pristine beaches figure among its best assets. No fewer than six ocean beaches in a few different towns are managed by the seashore, and they all have ample facilities. Lifeguards are on duty from late June to Labor Day, which helps to keep visitors of all ages safe. It should be noted that the Cape Cod beaches that front the Atlantic Ocean generally have rougher water conditions than those that are found on Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound.
Two of the very best Cape Cod Massachusetts beaches within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore are Race Point Beach and Nauset Beach. Race Point Beach is found close to Provincetown and is known for being a good surf-fishing destination. As for Nauset Beach, it tends to attract the younger crowd, and many visitors come to see and be seen.
Excellent beaches are found all over the island of Cape Cod, so beach enthusiasts don't have to limit themselves to the Cape Cod National Seashore. On the south coast, for example, you will find Craigville Beach, Veterans Beach, and Falmouth Heights Beach. You can spot Martha's Vineyard from Falmouth Heights Beach on a clear day, and much like Craigville Beach and Veterans Beach, it is very popular with families.
On Cape Cod's north coast, a sandy stretch that beach enthusiasts won't want to miss is Sandy Neck Beach. Easily one of the best Cape Cod Massachusetts beaches, Sandy Neck is a barrier beach that stretches for approximately six miles. On one end is the town of Sandwich, and on the other is Barnstable Harbor. Sandy Neck beach is among the least populated Cape Cod beaches on most days, and unlike the majority of the beaches on Cape Cod Bay, it features picturesque sand dunes.
The biggest dunes that can be found on the Cape Cod beaches are those that build up along the Atlantic Ocean coast. One such dune leads down to Cahoon Hollow Beach, which is found along the Cape Cod National Seashore in the town of Wellfleet. A wonderful beach, Cahoon Hollow Beach can only be reached by hiking down a dune that is more than 70 feet tall.
Both beach rentals and beach hotels are available in Cape Cod for those who wish to stay close to the sand. Visitors might also interest themselves in the beach stickers that the Cape Cod towns and villages sell. These stickers allow holders to park for multiple days at specific beaches, and there are separate ones for visitors and residents. Those who just need parking for one day can simply pay upon arrival at the public beach of their choice.