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Cape Cod Beaches

Explore beaches on Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound and Buzzards Bay

Learn more about the Cape & Islands beach rules during COVID-19 

Cape Cod is world renowned for their beaches. With over 600 miles of gorgeous sandy coastline, you are always within an easy walk, bike, or drive of a beautiful beach. What's more, the beaches are both abundant and diverse in nature: from the calm, sandy flats of Cape Cod Bay to the more exciting surf of the National Seashore which faces the Atlantic ocean.

List of Beaches by Town:

Cape Cod Beach Guides

Cape Cod Beach Reviews


As we visited early April, it was not for a swim, but it seems to be a good spot for kiteboarding and I had a great time looking at them. Impressive!

Berwyn, PA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2021


Nausset beach....the waves are fun and the beach is spacious.

Newtonville, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2021


Vast open beach. Stunning. Good parking.

Staatsburg, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2021


6 recommendations for beach-goers to "Beach Well"

Cape Cod Reopening Task Force has created guidelines to prevent overcrowding and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

  1. Avoid high tide when less beach is available.
  2. Consider going three hours before or after high tide.
  3. Bayside beaches have more room at low tide.
  4. Limiting social gatherings to less than 10 people, remaining six feet from others and maintaining 12 feet between towel and beach blanket areas.
  5. Wear a mask while walking the beach or to/from the parking lot.
  6. Refrain from beach sports such as volleyball, soccer, and bocce.

Beach Rules during Coronavirus

Q: Are beaches on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket open?

Yes, all beaches are open as of Phase I (May 18, 2020).

Q: Do I need to wear a mask or face covering at the beach?

Face masks and coverings must be worn in public places, including beaches, when social distancing is not possible. This means they must be worn if 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between other people. They do not need to be worn while swimming.

Q: How many people can gather on the beach?

Groups of people are allowed up to 10.

Q: How far apart do people need to be on the beach?

People are expected to maintain at least 6 feet apart at all times on the beach while towels and beach blankets should be spaced at least 12 feet apart to allow for movement of others along the beach.

Q: Are games allowed on the beach?

Organized ball games are not allowed activity including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce

Q: Is parking available to non-residents at the beaches?

Parking for resident and non-residents will be monitored by management at each individual beach. Each beach may have reduced parking availability, so check with the town on specific procedures which can also vary from beach to beach within a town.

Q: Do I need to pay or make a reservation in advance?

You may as each town is encouraged to provide admissions via a no contact process (online reservation, permit or sticker, etc.). Hand transactions at the beach are permitted if contactless payment is not possible. Check with each individual town on their procedures.

Q: Will restrooms be open?

Yes, restrooms may remain open provided they have adequate hand washing or sanitizing stations. Each beach will be responsible for ensuring CDC guidelines are followed for cleaning and disinfecting for interior spaces and that social distancing can be maintained.

Q: Will changing facilities be open?

These will not be open during Phase 1 (until June 8th). More information is expected for Phase 2.

Q: Will food be available at the beach?

Food service may be available for take-out only during Phase 1.

For more information, please view the Massachusetts beach safety and re-opening standards announced on May 18, 2020.