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First Encounter Beach

Where: Samoset Road, Eastham

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Calm

  • Amenities:
  • LifeguardsLifeguards
  • BathBath

Good for: Skimboarding, Swimming

About First Encounter Beach: A nice quiet family beach, First Encounter Beach, has warm water and like most bay beaches is very gentle. An ice cream truck goes by the beach several times a day so bring some money to enjoy a cool treat on a hot day. There is a bathhouse and a large parking lot.

Reviews (20 reviews total)

2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018


After Salt Beach, First Encounter is our favorite for the kids. Plenty to do during bith low and high tide. Plan to spend the day!

Middlebury, VT
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2017


Close to home [Vacation Rental ID 27009], within biking distance. Gentle, easy surf. Water is warm!

Windsor, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2017


Love this beach and very close to this home [Vacation Rental ID 27188]. Perfect for young children, especially when tide going out. Beautiful sunsets!

2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2017


Wonderful sunsets. Family friendly.

Derby, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2017


We love First Encounter, especially at low tide. You can walk forever.

2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2014


Best beach to walk the flats and watch the sunset

Northborough, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2017


This is our favorite beach. It is the largest bay side beach we've found. It is great for kids to run and explore, and we love seeing the change in tide. You get the best of both worlds as the tide changes.

Schenectady, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2015


this is a lovely beach for families - when it is low tide goes there is a wonderfully long and smooth area to play and stand and. never too crowded. nice sand.

Carmel, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2017


We went at low tide at sunset and at sunrise. How fabulous to meet nature!

Burlington, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2016


We love the bay and First Encounter goes on forever.

Clifton Park, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2016


It was great for a young child with lots of nice shallow water and no waves. Also the water was warm in June there.

Acton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2016


We were able to walk [Vacation Rental ID 24508] to First Encounter beach and check out the Marsh on the way by. Beautiful spot!

Newton Center, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2015


We went there 3 times during our trip. It was low tide in the late afternoon. You can walk miles out towards the ocean on the sandy beach. Plenty of little fishes, hermit crabs, regular crabs, spider crabs were trapped in the shallow water. My two children had great time catching the fishes. We were also lucky enough to find a live razor clam.

North Attleboro, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Jan 2009


This is a child friendly beach with a shallow bottom. Also, this is where to go to view the sunset.

Boise, ID
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2015


Only about a half mile from the house [Vacation Rental ID 24508]. Quiet and secluded.

New York, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2014


Great beach area and water temp for young children. Opportunities to see crabs and minnows as tide went out. Fascinating water as it went to low tide.

2 reviews
Member since: May 2014


Although we enjoyed the ocean at Nauset Light and Coast Guard beaches, our group particularly liked First Encounter Beach on the Bay side. At low tide, you can walk far out among the tide pools and watch the seagulls snatching fish and crabs. You can also see the tide come in and surround the beached boat near the shore.

Pleasantville, NY
2 reviews
Member since: May 2013


Fantastic Beach for Children! My 4yr old would not go anywhere else! She loved it. High Tide - Low Tide, she just played and played! We found so many crabs and clams, etc. at low tide, such a great beach!

Westwood, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2013


For kids under the age of 5, it's a fun place at low tide. My boys loved catching crabs, hermit crabs, and little fishes.

Schenectady, NY
2 reviews
Member since: May 2014


This is a bay side beach that is just a 5 minute stroll from the Private Association Beach that came with our cottage. It was fun to watch the kids hang out with other kids, building sand structures and flying kites