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Red River Beach, Cape Cod

Harwich, MA

41.667302° N, -70.043035° W

Where: Uncle Venie's Road, Harwich View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Calm

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Good for: Swimming, Walking


Requires daily fee between Memorial & Labor Days. A very popular beach, Red River is large a fun place for swimming, playing in the waves, and boogies boarding. In addition, there is a kayak and canoe launch.


24 rated reviews | 36 total reviews

United Kingdom
7 reviews
Member since: Dec 2011


Clean, lots of parking, safe to swim and a great family location.

Glastonbury, CT
3 reviews
Member since: Mar 2012


Red River provides lots of parking, restrooms, and snack options.

Pittsfield, MA
4 reviews
Member since: Oct 2013


Good sized beach for walking and plenty of room to spread out. Food truck most days and has bathrooms and shower. Parking lot is very large.

Jamaica Plain, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2023


We love Red River Beach but we also love Fernandes Bog at Long Pond for the little ones.

Natick, MA
4 reviews
Member since: Apr 2007


Nice beach, with easy parking and beach access.

2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2023


great vibe, clean, pretty white sand, nicely sized (not too big), bathrooms available.

Weatogue, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2022


Large beach with plenty of parking (get there early on super hot days/weekends)! There is a "quieter" side and a more lively side. They have bathrooms (okay...but better than porta-potty) and a food truck on site. The ice cream truck comes a few times a day and goes up and down the beach! Lifeguards are on duty and the beach is super clean!

East Longmeadow, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Jun 2020


Red River Beach is long with plenty of room to spread out. The town cleaned the beach almost every day so that the sand was soft and easy to walk on. The views are spectacular and parking is fairly easy.

2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2022


Plenty of parking near the beach with restrooms and outdoor shower (sticker required from Harwich Chamber of Commerce).

Beachwood, OH
3 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018


Red River beach is terrific. Lots of parking, clean restrooms, food trucks, and a lovely beach with good options for wading or swimming.

Claremont, CA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2021


Softest sand and not over crowded more like a neighborhood beach Great for
All ages

Hillsborough, NJ
19 reviews
Member since: Sep 2009


Great facilities including both food and ice cream trucks - best kept secret.....Tidal Marshes. You're children will put down their phones, won't complain about the connectivity and play like we all used too.

2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2020


Red River beach is our favorite to visit when we are down here! Very clean, parking is so close and has bathrooms. The tide does not come in or out here so it is perfect to bring the kids to!

Dedham, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2013


Daily fee parking and weekly passes available at Harwich. Bathrooms and cocktails available at beach.

Ludlow, MA
2 reviews
Member since: May 2021


Flat Sandy beach with a calm and beautiful view of the ocean. Perfect for a long walk

Wayland, MA
5 reviews
Member since: Aug 2007


White powdery sand

South Glens Falls, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2020


White sands up close parking lots of shells

Stoughton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2011


Nice off beat beach

Queensbury, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2019


We could see the beach from our deck [Vacation Rental ID 5382] - very calming view. People complied with social distancing on the beach so it did not feel crowded at all. There is a food available also.

2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2018


Clean, beachgoers observed Covid-19 precautions, has restrooms, snackshack and ice cream truck visits multiple times per day. Water warm in June! We noodle floated each day.

2 reviews
Member since: May 2020


The beach is vast, with many different areas including a river for crabbing with children.

Oak Park, IL
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2020


We like to hang out on the far end (towards Chatham). Less people, amazing views and great swimming.

Acton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018


This is a smaller beach, but it wasn't crowded and we were able to park easily -- even arriving very late in the morning (11:30). I loved that the beach is right next to the parking lot as it can get tiring to schlep chairs, bags, etc. to some of the beaches with a longer walk from parking lot to sand. And being on the sound, the water was about ten degrees warmer than the ocean-side beaches.

Buffalo, NY
4 reviews
Member since: Jul 2008


Usually not crowded. A beautiful, large sandy beach, calm, warm water for swimming, plenty of parking, clean rest rooms available.

Phoenix, AZ
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2017


We've been coming here for over 30 years. There is almost always a breeze. There are bathrooms, a snack shack and the ice cream truck always always shows up. You need a pair of water shoes because there are small rocks as you walk in, but the water is clean. You can fish off the piers. If you haven't brought lunch with you, we recommend The Mason Jar in Harwich.

Acton, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Dec 2017


Red River beach continues to be our favorite beach . It is ideally located on Nantucket Sound, clean, has restrooms, plenty of parking, visiting vendors and jetties for fishing.

Lynnfield, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2017


Very Close! [Harwich Harwich Vacation Rental ID 28274] Parking easy, very clean

Wilbraham, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2016


It is home to me! Been taking my family there for 15 years

Durham, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2013


Smaller beach that is never too crowded. Some waves. Lots of shells. It is worth getting the parking pass from the town if you are going to be there for a week or more!

Bainbridge Island, WA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2016


Plenty of parking with multiple entrances to the beach. It is a long beach so we were able to find a not so crowded area on a pretty busy day. Also had a bathroom, food truck and icecream truck! I great beach day.

Milford, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2011


Very clean beach as it gets raked daily. Parking lot will fill up on busy days

United States
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2015


Long beach front with plenty of parking. Excellent for walking the shoreline.

Belmont, MA
4 reviews
Member since: May 2011


wonderful for children and families. best family beach around. New snack truck was added bonus

United Kingdom
7 reviews
Member since: Dec 2011


Clean, big, nice sea to swim in, nice sand for building castles, lots of parking, toilets and this year a great outside catering van this year, staffed by some very charming and friendly U.S. army veterans.

Brooklyn, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2012


Wonderful beach with almost 200 parking spaces. Even during busy times of the day we always found this to have plenty of room. Very clean and convenient. Cars can drive up almost right on top of it. Best in the vacinity imho.

Belmont, MA
4 reviews
Member since: May 2011


great family beach, short distance from the cottage [Property ID 7091]. Easy parking, clean beach and restrooms.

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