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Best Beaches to Visit on Cape Cod

Planning a summer getaway for your family? Cape Cod is the ideal destination. There’s truly something for everyone, from seafood restaurants for the foodie in your group to numerous lighthouses for the history buff. Art lovers will find plenty of museums, and nature lovers will thrive in the wildlife refuges. There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping, nightlife, and family-friendly destinations. Spending the entire summer in Cape Cod is the best way to make sure you can fit everything in!

Cape Cod is full of incredible attractions for every interest, but you simply can’t deny that the beaches are one of the most popular things to do. Luckily, there’s plenty of shoreline for everyone, so you’ll never feel crowded and can make the most of your time away. Here are some of the best beaches in Cape Cod, all conveniently located near our Cape Cod summer rentals.

Family relaxing on the Cape Cod coast of Massachusetts

Cape Cod National Seashore History

Cape Cod National Seashore spans 40 miles of coastline on the outer portion of the Cape Cod peninsula, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown. It was preserved by John F. Kennedy in the summer of 1961 and quickly became popular with locals and tourists alike. 

The National Seashore has everything from incredible coastal bluffs to serene forests and ponds, giving you access to a variety of ecosystems. Whether you want to swim, bike, kayak, or do any other outdoor activities, you can find it on the Cape Cod National Seashore. 

Skaket Beach (Orleans)

Skaket Beach is unofficially titled as the best family-friendly beach in Orleans. There are miles of exposed beach for you and your kids to take advantage of, and the high tide makes for shallow and warm waters that everyone will enjoy. There are plenty of amenities here including a snack bar, outdoor showers, and lifeguards, so you can spend the whole day knowing you are safe and secure in your adventures. You can buy a parking pass for $20 a day, which is good for the whole day at both Skaket and Nauset. If you’re in town for a longer period of time, you can also buy a weekly or annual pass.

Two children playing in the ocean at sunset in Cape Cod.

Ballston Beach (Truro)

Ballston Beach is one of the hidden gems of Cape Cod, located in the small town of Truro, so there won’t be quite as many crowds as you’ll find at other beaches. This is a popular destination for surfers and body surfers, but if you go a little further out, the swimming is great as well. Do take caution, as the undertow can be strong. Bring a picnic basket and lay a blanket on the sand to enjoy a romantic lunch with your sweetheart or visit at sunset to watch the colors appear over the rolling dunes and golden hills.

Mayflower Beach (Dennis)

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot to visit during your summer in Cape Cod, Mayflower Beach in Dennis is the perfect choice. There are miles of tidal flats that become visible at low tide, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to have a sunset photoshoot or just watch the sun dip down under the horizon. There’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out on the shore, so bring a frisbee or a beach chair and plan to stay awhile. You’ll also find lifeguards on duty and public restrooms, as well as a picnic area for your lunch.

Nauset Beach (Orleans)

This 10-mile stretch of shoreline reaches to Chatham Harbor, and while it is expansive, it tends to fill up quickly. It’s definitely worth it to arrive early to secure your spot on the sand. Nauset beach is a family-friendly destination that offers everything you’ll need to spend the entire day on the sand. You’ll find conveniently placed restrooms and multiple food trucks on-site, so you don’t even have to worry about where to get lunch! It’s not uncommon to find visitors swimming, boogie boarding, and surfing, and you’re welcome to simply lay back and work on your tan as well. Purchase a parking pass for $20 per day, $75 per week, or $220 for the whole summer season.

Man surfing the waves at Nauset Beach Massachusetts

Gray’s Beach (Yarmouth)

Gray’s Beach, also known as Bass Hall Beach, is a smaller destination that is great for kids and adults alike. Nature lovers will particularly feel at home here, where you can get an excellent view of the marine and plant life of the area. The beach is rather small, and there’s very little water at low tide, making it perfect for young children. While there’s not much space on the shore, there is a large picnic area and pavilion for you to have lunch with a view. Gray’s Beach is the perfect destination if you simply need a break from the hustle and bustle of Cape Cod or you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy a meal with the ones you love most.

Sea Gull Beach (Yarmouth)

Also located in Yarmouth, Sea Gull Beach is a larger and more popular spot. This beach is a picturesque destination on Nantucket Sound, popular with high school and college students of the area. There’s a large parking lot to accommodate all visitors, and the beach has lots of room to spread out and lounge or play beach games. The water is fairly calm, making it great for families with younger children. Feel free to wade in the water or try your hand at windsurfing! Despite the name, there are surprisingly few seagulls here, but you’ll definitely find your fair share of seashells. There’s also an attendant on duty to ensure your safety.

Plan Your Visit to Cape Cod

When planning your getaway, look into our vacation rentals on Cape Cod. We offer rental properties for every budget and every size group, so you can have plenty of room whether you’re traveling with the whole extended family or just your sweetheart. Our staff is always here to help, from the first stages of booking to the end of your stay. Contact us today to start planning for your summer in Cape Cod!