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Skaket Beach, Cape Cod

Orleans, MA

41.794672° N, -70.016212° W

Where: West Rd, Orleans View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Calm

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Good for: Skimboarding, Swimming, Walking

About

Skaket Beach is a lovely bay beach that is popular with families due to its warm water and calm surf. At low tide, flats are exposed allowing you to walk out over a mile and explore tidal pools. A large beach with soft sand remains even at high tide and surf is calm making this beach one of the best spots for young children.

Parking is available here at $20/day (cash only at the gate) or with a weekly or season pass thru the town of Orleans at 40 Giddiah Hill Road Orleans, MA. Passes are required between 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM on weekends starting on Memorial Day weekend, and daily starting on June 15 thru Labor Day.

Dogs are also allowed during the off-season. They are not allowed from April 1 thru Labor Day.

Reviews

13 rated reviews | 58 total reviews


Middlebury, CT
4 reviews
Member since: Apr 2014

8/18/2019

Such a great beach for those with little ones. Be sure to go a little before low tide.


Lancaster, MA
4 reviews
Member since: Sep 2015

8/3/2019

We love this beach for our young grandchildren who can explore for creatures at low tide, where there is no water without a long walk, and the easy waves when the tide is in. Great beach for riding a skim board,if you have good balance!


Stafford Springs, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2016

8/3/2019

Perfect for young kids. At low tide, the water goes out forever, leaving tidal pools with tons of marine life and shells to find. At high tide it is calm, again perfect for young kids.


United States
2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2018

7/21/2019

Skaket Beach is perfect for families with little kids. We happened to hit the tide schedule right and got the best of both worlds with a swimmable high tide in the morning and a sea creature hunt low tide in the afternoon. The icing on the cake... You can't find a better sunset show


Buzzards Bay, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2011

7/20/2019

This beach was our favorite because we had a 4 year old, and two 1 year olds. The tidal pools were perfect for the babies to play in...and the surf was just right. Beautiful sunsets also! Loved it!


2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2017

7/20/2019

great for kids.....you could walk out forever without going past your knees. perfect for little ones!


Clifton Springs, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2019

7/13/2019

Our grandkids loved it, high tide and low tide. Beautiful sunsets! Lots to do at the beach.


Bridgewater, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2018

7/13/2019

Skaket Beach is a 10 minute ride [Brewster Vacation Rental ID 4735], this is our favorite beach . Parking is level with the sand, water is so warm and calm for the kids. Bathrooms are clean and snack shack has delicious food. Sand bars and tide pools go on for miles at low tide and the beach is so clean and picturesque. If you are looking for a beach for kids this is it!!!!!


2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2018

7/6/2019

Gorgeous sunsets, family friendy and warmer water.


Hamden, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2018

7/6/2019

My parents took me and my young brothers to Skaket Beach back in the mid 40s. It was then and still is today a popular and very safe beach (no sharks!) for young children, especially at low tide when one can walk almost a mile out into Cape Cod Bay. There is no protection from the sun whatsoever, so an umbrella and lots of sunscreen are necessities. There is a snack shack (fried onion rings!), clean rest rooms, changing areas, and an outdoor shower next to the parking lot. Entrance costs are high, but a weekly ticket pays for itself if used three or four times (2019). One of the Cape's true gems.


Springfield, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2019

6/15/2019

Skatet Beach great for kids! Sunsets are amazing!!! Lots of fun catching crabs!


Burlington, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2019

9/22/2018

Beautiful, clean ability to walk out at low tide.
Find hermit crabs, shells etc.
Great for kids and adults! Plenty of space to spread out even on a crowded day


Putnam Valley, NY
1 review
Member since: Jul 2019

Heaven on Earth
8/28/2018

This is my favorite beach since childhood, and now I am fortunate enough to take my children as they grow up. I describe Skaket as "magical" when I talk about it to others. The tide pools, shallow waters, and breathtaking view of the sea are just a few of the reasons that this beach is so special. I can't wait to go back again.


Lynnfield, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2018

7/21/2018

If you have young children, then Skatet is the place to go in the Orleans area. It's on the bay side, so the waves are pretty small. When the tide goes out, you can walk for what seems like miles in waist deep water. It is a small area and the parking fills up fast. We were lucky enough to be the last car in at about 10:30 on a Friday. It's a good alternative to Nauset if you don't want to have to deal with the strong waves and shark interruptions.


Randolph, NJ
4 reviews
Member since: Dec 2006

7/21/2018

Low tide you can walk out over a mile. Great inlet for exploring. Snack stand and public bathrooms. We prefer sitting to the right of the protected beach because it’s less crowded. Parking often an issue so we rent where we can walk down, or park by the Capt Linnel House.


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2018

7/20/2018

Close and easy parking until at least 9:45 a.m. Full services and great tides that allow safe swimming for the little ones along with deeper swimming further out for the older kids. We feel this beach offers the best of everything.


Boynton Beach, FL
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2018

7/14/2018

Skaket is our fav. Low tide is just perfect for the little ones. Sand castles, hermit crabs, skim surfing
Love it !!!!’


Hudson, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2019

7/14/2018

As always, Nauset Beach is our favorite. Perfect for all ages. But Skaket beach was great for the young kids. The nets at the house [vacation rental ID 10363] were perfect for catching minnows and hermit crabs during low tide. It's great that you have so many beach chairs, beach towels and beach toys at the house. Less stuff we had to pack!


United States
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2018

7/14/2018

I love visiting this beach at low tide because you can walk for ages! And by staying so close, you can walk and not risk being turned away when the lot is full!


White Plains, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018

7/8/2018

This beach is about a 25 minute drive from South Yarmouth but the drive is easy and worth it to be on the bayside. This beach is GREAT for little kids. It has a clean bathroom, snack bar and lots and lots of families so there are always new friends to meet and spend the day with.


Old Lyme, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014

6/23/2018

Beautiful sunsets , has bathroom facility , great for kids


Rhinebeck, NY
6 reviews
Member since: Sep 2015

6/10/2018

At low tide, you can walk for miles. Very beautiful and quiet in ‘off’ season.


Westlake Village, CA
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2017

6/2/2018

Walk for miles at low tide on this amazing beach...it's like no other.


Montpelier, VT
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2018

5/26/2018

Warm, shallow bay waters, ideal for kids' wading and swimming; tidal pools with shells and critters and shore birds; stunning sunsets; walking excursions far to the horizon at low tide.


Framingham, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2012

8/26/2017

Perfectly beautiful! Just be sure you study the tide charts; both high and low tides have their special qualities. The tidal pools, the special glacial erratic --Skaket's seamark, the creek, the soft white sands and the gorgeous green sea grass all combine to make this place uniquely lovely.
Skaket also has also a snackbar, an outdoor shower, restrooms and a place to change, as well as lifeguards on duty. In high season, the parking lot reaches capacity very easily. No fee after 4:30 or 5:00 PM.
Shallow waters and sandbars make Skaket a great place for families. The sunsets are spectacular!


2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2017

8/20/2017

Love walking out at low tide at sunset! You could walk out for forever!


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2016

7/29/2017

Perfect beach for kids of all ages! We went every day and back at night for sunset - Skaket is our families favorite!


Randolph, NJ
4 reviews
Member since: Dec 2006

7/29/2017

Tidal flats, swimming holes, lots of exploring, safe for kids to wander
Parking can be a challenge (and costs $20). Arrive early or park up by the Capt Linnell house and walk down (free)


2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2017

7/22/2017

We loved being able to walk to the beach from the cottage [Orleans Vacation Rental ID 21048]. Also, we loved being able to walk out into the sound when the tide was out. Water is warm, no waves. Great for young children.


united states
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2016

7/8/2017

perfect for little kids. Bay beach without waves. Long shallow spit of sand at low tide. Watch out for how fast the tide comes in. You can lose clothes left on high spots sandy spots. We did!


Napa, CA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2017

7/1/2017

The part of the beach closest to the rental [Orleans Vacation Rental ID 6756] is very peaceful and quiet, affording long walks during low tide, lovely swimming during high tide. A couple hundred feet in on direction, and you'll find beach visitors and concessions. Renting this house does save the cost for a beach parking spot for Skaket Beach.


Houston, TX
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2017

6/17/2017

The beach was clean and beautiful. Incredible sunsets!


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2017

4/21/2017

We watched the sun set over Skaket Beach, and it was truly magnificent.


Maplewood, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2008

8/13/2016

Beautiful, wide bay beach that has spectacular sunsets and you can walk out a mile or more at low tide. Convenient as it has a snack bar and real bathrooms. Great for families. Fills up early in the summer.


Sudbury, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2017

8/6/2016

We loved Skaket beach at low tide. The water goes out a mile and the kids loved it. They searched for hermit crabs and minnows (the owners even had nets at the house for the kids to use on the beach to catch the minnows)


Atlantic Highlands, NJ
3 reviews
Member since: Jan 2009

7/30/2016

Intimate neighborhood beach just 5 minutes away Orleans Vacation Rental ID 25897 and a short walk from the parking lot to the beach. Great refreshment bar with amazing burgers! Tidal flats great for small children and exploring. At low tide, walk out to see the oyster farm...fascinating.


USA
3 reviews
Member since: Jan 2015

7/30/2016

Warm waters, great for young and old alike- beautiful views


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2015

7/30/2016

Free parking after 430 and beautiful sunsets, great frisbee territory.


Holyoke, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Feb 2011

7/9/2016

The bay side... Meaning warmer water, smaller waves. When the tide goes out, you can walk forever! Best sunsets on Cape Cod, guaranteed!


Palo Alto, CA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2016

6/18/2016

Great for kids at low tide.


United States
3 reviews
Member since: Nov 2014

6/17/2016

Great access, lots of space! Just be mindful of the tide! it goes way out, and comes in quickly, which is awesome to experience.
Try going after an early dinner (No charge to park after 5), arriving before sunset and watching the sun set into Cape Cod Bay !!!


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2015

10/16/2015

This is a favorite of our grandchildren. The water is warmer and gentler. You can walk out very far when low tide or take a long walk along the shore. They found lots of hermit crabs and minnows.


Montclair, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: May 2015

8/29/2015

Very dramatic tidal changes, great swimming in the bay, lots of fun for kids, worth a day trip if you've never been there


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2016

7/25/2015

We love Skaket Beach and find it to be one of the most beautiful around, with the green sea grass and nice sand. It is really perfect for kids. The little river that one can float on is a lot of fun, too. The snack shack has good food at reasonable prices. We found that the parking lot fills up by 10am, sometimes earlier.


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2015

7/4/2015

It is like a bit of heaven to walk out on the flats for a mile or so when the tide is out, the sun is shining and a warm, gentle breeze surrounds you. We love it! And returned over and over.


Newton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014

7/4/2015

Close by to Orleans Vacation Rental ID 23532 and pretty in the evening. Great to walk in the shallow waters. But we don't go often because we have the lake at our door.


Maplewood, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2009

6/27/2015

The tidal flats are amazing.


Castleton On Hudson, NY
4 reviews
Member since: Jun 2007

6/13/2015

Always our favorite beach! On Cape Cod Bay - great for swimming (high tide) as well as walking the tidal flats forever (low tide).


2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2015

5/15/2015

Quiet, beautiful, accessible


Schenectady, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2015

4/16/2015

A beautiful bay beach for swimming at high tide and spending hours observing the sea life during low tide.


Endicott, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2015

9/1/2014

Skaket Beach is perfect for a quiet day at the beach, especially if you have young children! A bay beach, the water is "bath-water warm", but still cool enough to be refreshing, and offers little explorers lots of fun chasing down hermit crabs and minnows in the sea grass during low tide. The waves rolling up on the beach are calm and gentle, easy for a small child to navigate and enjoy.


Florence, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2012

7/26/2014

We love Skaket because it is great for our young kids. At high tide they can swim and play in the water, and at low tide they can play in the tide pools, go for long walks, and explore. They almost always find friends to play with, too!


Troy, NY
5 reviews
Member since: Jun 2009

7/19/2014

We love to go to Skatet if we want to enjoy the low tide. You can walk out forever and see interesting sights along the way. It is a must for children and for the cooler days you might experience.


Princeton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2013

6/7/2014

The color of the water is amazing, the tidal pools are beautiful!


Massapequa, NY
4 reviews
Member since: Jul 2012

8/17/2013

This year we visited Skaket beach often. The kids really enjoy going out far when the tide goes in. When we want waves, our favorite beach is Nauset.


Paxton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2013

8/3/2013

It's a great place to go for viewing the most spectacular sunsets. Also, little children love it to look for crabs as the tide recedes. As far as we're concerned, the beach at Pochet, although not public, is the most beautiful beach ever. The short walk there is incredibly beautiful!


Prospect, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2013

7/28/2013

Short drive .. nice restrooms .. very clean sand and water


Wellesley, MA
12 reviews
Member since: Dec 2006

Awesome beach for kids
7/6/2013

This popular bay beach is terrific for children. Not only is the water shallow and wave-free, but during low tide, you can walk out forever and still be up to your knees! The kids love searching for all sorts of sealife in the tidal pools.

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