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Race Point, Cape Cod

Provincetown, MA

42.080452° N, -70.218945° W

Where: Race Point Rd, Provincetown View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Surf

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Good for: Skimboarding, Surfing, Swimming, Walking


Vehicle permits can be purchased at Race Point Beach from April 10-November 15. A part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this beach is north facing so gets sun all day long. It has good surf, but also can have a strong undertow. Beautiful sand dunes line the beach. Short walk to Race Point Lighthouse.

Note: Pedestrians and bicyclists also have a daily fee. There is no entrance fee for active duty military and their dependents with proper ID, nor for any children under the age of 16. Fees for all visitors start on July 2.

Lifeguards will be at this beach from July 2 thru Labor Day.

Bathroom facilities will be sanitized on a regular basis, but there will be no public showers.


9 rated reviews | 22 total reviews

Salem, VA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2023


We got to see seals playing in the waves. Beach wasn't crowded and easy to walk.

Cranston, RI
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2015


Wide open with nice facilities, no seaweed, few rocks. It's a pretty long walk to beach from the car, so pack lightly if you can!

Northampton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2020


We've seen whales there!

2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2021


I love the openness of it.

United States
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2017


Uncrowded, waves were excellent, and the restroom and shower facilities very useful.

Marlborough, MA
2 reviews
Member since: May 2022


Absolutely beautiful. Long walks and great swimming!

Arlington, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2021


Endless dunes, fantastic walking. Just spectacular.

Ossining, NY
6 reviews
Member since: Jun 2020


Very natural, lots of space, never crowded, water is soothing, fun to watch the seals, beautiful light!

3 reviews
Member since: Aug 2018


Driving over sand in the summer, nothing better!

Randolph Center, VT
5 reviews
Member since: Jul 2011


Although there is a great beach right at the cottage, I love the ocean side beaches the best. This one never seems to get crowded and is so wide open.

United States
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2016


Race Point Beach is a beautiful ocean beach. We only went once because why would you leave the private beach right across the street?? [Eastham Vacation Rental ID 24382]

Attleboro, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2017


Stunning beach at tip of Cape Cod. Deep water surf. Views are spectacular. Whales swim by with regularity. Deep sand; don't over pack as it's a bit of a hike from the parking lot to the water. Bath house has showers and changing areas in addition to toilets. Save $ and get a weekly pass if you'll be there every day; or go after hours for a sunset picnic. Awesome bike path through the dunes also connects P-town center to this amazing beach. You can get a permit for a beach campfire as well- See the National Seashore Visitor Center.

United Statea
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2010


Best views and great spot for whale watching.

Goldens Bridge, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2016


It's the only beach we could go off road with our beach.

Ledyard, CT
4 reviews
Member since: Jul 2014


Wonderful National Park with a great bike/walking trail. Wide, long ocean beach. Plenty of parking. Hard to beat.

United States
2 reviews
Member since: Nov 2014


Just a 30 minute drive right on to the beach. No crowds, no lugging of beach gear, and miles of beautiful beach!

2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2014


We loved Race point beach. Beautiful beach from which you can whale spot and swim with seals

Ledyard, CT
4 reviews
Member since: Jul 2014


The Park Rangers were very nice and informative. The facilities were clean. Plenty of parking. The beach is spacious. And Province Lands bike trail is right there and fun.

Weymouth, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014


Race Point is the perfect Cape Code beach with breathtaking views. This beach is open until midnight and great for a romantic stroll.

Southington, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2009


We love the beach at Race Point. A National Seashore beach with white soft sand, different access options from the parking lot, a well maintained bath house, frequent seal sightings, not too crowded, and a great beach for viewing the sunset. There is also an old life-saving station you can visit and a very long walk to Race Point Light (only for those in great condition and bring plenty of water and snacks!) If you visit the Provincelands Visitors Center you can get a beautiful panoramic view of the dunes and shoreline in the area. Highly recommend visiting this remote, natural area!

Spencer, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2013


Race Point in Provincetown is my favorite beach to visit while at the cape, it's very peaceful and beautiful.

West Sand Lake, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2013


Race Point Beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The dunes there are some of the largest, and they are absolutely beautiful, especially late in the day. The sand has a different texture and color on this beach, but it is somehow very comfortable to walk and play in. The sunset was amazing, but the purity of the area is what makes it so special.