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Orleans Beaches

The beaches in Orleans are home to some of the most popular beaches on Cape Cod. The beaches range from Nauset Beach on the Atlantic Ocean to the calmer Cape Cod bay with Skaket Beach and Rock Harbor Beaches.

Nauset Beach, is ten miles long, with wide sandy beaches bounded by high dune. The public Nauset Beach at the end of Beach Road offers public parking for a fee, has lifeguards during the summer and several food trucks providing concessions. The Outer Beach at Nauset is a hidden gem accessible only via an off road vehicle and requires an over sand permit from the town of Orleans.

Great for toddlers, young kids and families is Skaket Beach, another public beach on the bay side. At low tide, both Skaket and Rock Harbor beaches reveal extensive flats that are great for long walks and exploring tidal pools.

Dogs are allowed on beaches only during specific times of year. Most beaches are closed to dogs between April 1 and Labor day while Crystal Lake and Pilgrim Lake are May 15 thru Labor Day.

Where to get an Orleans beach sticker?

The Orleans Sticker Office is at 40 Giddiah Hill Road Orleans, MA 02653. Open Thursday through Monday, 9 AM - 4 PM.

Which beaches in Orleans have daily parking?

Nauset Beach and Skaket Beach have daily parking rates on weekends starting Memorial Day and daily starting June 15 thru Labor Day. $20 cash only at the gates.

Crystal Lake, Orleans

Crystal Lake

3 reviews

Where: Monument Rd, Orleans

Good for: Swimming, Boating

Crystal lake, just like its; name has crystal clear water for swimming, canoeing and fishing. It has a narrow strip of beach, but the views are lovely. Very limited parking.

Nauset Beach, Orleans

Nauset Beach

80 reviews

Where: End of Nauset Beach Road, Orleans

Good for: Bodyboarding, Skimboarding, Surfing, Swimming

Nauset Beach is an expansive, 10-mile long beach stretching to Chatham Harbor. While it is a large beach, it fills up quickly so plan to arrive early. There is a restroom and several different food tr...

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Pilgrim Lake, Orleans

Pilgrim Lake

Where: Herring Brook Road, Orleans

Good for: Swimming, canoeing, Kayaking

Pilgrim lake encompasses 39 acres and there are a plethora of activities to do at this lake ranging from swimming, kayaking, picnicing(there is an established picnic area) and lounging in the sun. The...

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Pochet Association at Nauset Beach, Orleans

Pochet Association at Nauset Beach

1 review

Where: Pochet Road, Orleans

Good for: Surfing, kite flying, walkers, fishing, sunbathing

Beautiful, expansive, white sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean

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Quanset Harbor Club Beach

Where: Lake Drive, Orleans

Good for: Swimming, boating, fishing, sunbathing

Part of Pleasant Bay, the waters are shallow and warm with very little surf.

Rock Harbor, Orleans

Rock Harbor

1 review

Where: Dyer Prince Road, Orleans

Good for: Swimming, Walking

Rock Harbor is a great family beach. It is small, but the extensive low tide allows for lots of exploring and space to run around. It is also one of the best spots on the Cape to catch the sunset.

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Skaket Beach, Orleans

Skaket Beach

45 reviews

Where: West Rd, Orleans

Good for: Skimboarding, Swimming, Walking

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 lar...

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South Orleans Beach, Orleans

South Orleans Beach

Where: Route 28, Orleans

Good for: Swimming

South Orleans Beach, also known as Little Pleasant Bay, is a small beach located just off Route 28. There is no parking lot, street parking only. The calm waters of the bay are perfect for swimming an...

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