• Kate Ivers

Cape Cod Beaches This Fall: What’s Open to the Public

Fall is secretly the best time of year on Cape Cod. It means fewer crowds, cool nights, and foliage near the beach. It also means modified beach schedules and amenities. After August in any given year, public beaches on Cape Cod are generally not staffed with lifeguards. However, COVID brings additional restrictions for public beaches to remain safe for patrons. 


Towns across the Cape are enforcing the following actions to reduce your risk of getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus:

  • Avoid high tide when there’s less beach space available. Find out when high tide is at your beach here. Pro tip: bayside beaches have a lot more room at low tide!

  • Beach distancing. Maintain at least 12-feet of distance from your nearest neighbor in any direction. This frees up enough space for others to safely walk between towel/beach blanket areas.

  • Masks are required when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. This includes walking past others on a beach and walking around a parking lot. Masks are not required to be worn while swimming or sunbathing.

  • Limited (if any) trash receptacles.

  • Groups larger than 10 are not allowed to gather.

  • Games like frisbee and beach volleyball are not allowed.

  • No portable grills or campfires.

See the full list of beach guidelines during COVID-19 from the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force.

https://www.reopeningcapecod.org/beaches

UPPER CAPE

Falmouth

Old Silver Beach

Parking cost: Typically $20, but the lot is currently unlocked and open to the public, without parking stickers being checked or daily fees collected. Parking is limited.

Amenities: Snack bar service and portable toilets are on-site until Monday, October 19, though the number of units at each beach will decrease on Tuesday, September 22.

Surf Drive Beach

Surf Drive Beach

Parking: Typically $20, but the lot is currently unlocked and open to the public, without parking stickers being checked or daily fees collected. Parking is limited.

Amenities: Bathhouses will be closed until 2021. Portable toilets will remain on-site until Monday, October 19, though the number of units at each beach will decrease on Tuesday, September 22. Beach concessions will remain open at the discretion of the vendor.


Menauhant Beach

Parking: Typically $10 but the lot is currently unlocked and open to the public, without parking stickers being checked or daily fees collected. Parking is limited.

Amenities: Bathhouses will be closed until 2021. Portable toilets will remain on-site until Monday, October 19, though the number of units at each beach will decrease on Tuesday, September 22. Beach concessions will remain open at the discretion of the vendor.


Sandwich

Town Neck Beach

Parking: One vehicle is $35, two vehicles are $20 each, and three vehicles are $35 each for residents, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Includes a popular boardwalk and wildlife scenery.


East Sandwich Beach

Parking: One vehicle is $35, two vehicles are $20 each, and three vehicles are $35 each for residents, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Public restrooms are open from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Mashpee

South Cape Beach

Parking: $40 for non-Massachusetts residents and $15 for locals, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Bathrooms available. Grills closed to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19.



MID CAPE

Barnstable

Sandy Neck Beach

Parking: $25, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Bathrooms, showers, and a snack bar. Four-wheel drive and open fire permits are available at the Gatehouse or through the Barnstable Department of Natural Resources that can be reached at (508) 790-6272.


Craigville Beach

Parking: $25, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Bathrooms and showers may be available.


Hyannis

Veteran's Beach

Parking: $25, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Bathrooms are available from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Showers available.


West Yarmouth

Seagull Beach

Parking: $20, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Bathrooms are open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Showers available.


Dennis

West Dennis Beach

Mayflower Beach

Parking: $25 (Monday-Friday), $30 (weekends), but maybe free during the offseason. The upper parking lot will be temporarily closed, in addition to a portion of the lower lot depending on the high tide that day.

Amenities: Bathrooms, showers and a snack bar may be available. 


West Dennis Beach

Parking: $25 (Monday-Friday), $30 (weekends). Portions of the westerly end of the main parking lot are temporarily closed.

Amenities: Lifeguards on duty. Bathrooms, showers, and a snack bar may be available.


Corporation Beach

Parking: $25 (Monday-Friday), $30 (weekends). The ballfield overflow parking will be temporarily closed.

Amenities: Bathrooms, showers, and a snack bar may be available.



LOWER CAPE

Brewster

Breakwater Beach

Parking: $20 to park, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Bathrooms available during the summer; portable toilets available through Columbus Day Weekend.


Nickerson State Park

Parking: $30 to park ($8 for Massachusetts residents), but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Restrooms and showers are available, as well as a playground for kids.


Harwich

Red River Beach

Parking: $30, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Restrooms are available. Plenty of room to spread out!

Bank Street Beach

Bank Street Beach

Parking: $30, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Restrooms are available.

Chatham

Harding Beach

Parking: $20, but maybe free during the offseason.

Amenities: Restrooms and Snackmobile are available.


Lighthouse Beach

Parking: Free, 30 minute parking limit, which may not be enforced during the off-season

Amenities: Free, 30-minute parking limit, which may not be enforced during the off-season


OUTER CAPE

Orleans

Nauset Beach

Parking: $20, but maybe free during the offseason. Parking is reduced.

Amenities: Bathrooms, showers, and picnic tables are available.

Nauset Beach. Taken by @simplymekb on Instagram

Eastham 

Coast Guard Beach

Parking: $20, but maybe free during the offseason. Parking is limited. There is no shuttle service at this time.

Amenities: Restrooms are seasonal.


Wellfleet

Cahoon Hollow Beach

Parking: $15-$20 (includes credit to Beachcomber Restaurant, which is open through October), but parking may be free during the offseason. 

Amenities: Restrooms are available. Gorgeous 75-foot dunes border the beach, so be careful walking down them!


Truro

Head of the Meadow Beach

Parking: $20, but maybe free during the offseason. 

Amenities: Bathrooms, showers, and, during the summer season, a snack bar.


Provincetown

Race Point

Parking: $25, but maybe free during the offseason. 

Amenities: Bathrooms, showers, and, during the summer season, a snack bar.



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