Your Summer Cape Cod Beach Guide

Cape Cod BeachWhen you come to Cape Cod this summer, a visit to at least one of our fantastic beaches should be on your list of things to do. Cape Cod is home to the National Seashore, which encompasses 40 miles of beach, marshes, ponds, and woodlands. Each Cape Cod beach has its own personality and draws different types of people depending on the experience they’re looking to have.  Check out just a handful of the beaches that Cape Cod has to offer and see how many you can visit during your time at Chatham Gables Inn this summer!


Chatham Lighthouse Beach

This large Cape Cod beach is near the center of Chatham. Named for the lighthouse across the street, this beach is a great place to catch some seals basking in the sun.  Facilities such as restrooms and vending on Chatham Lighthouse Beach are limited, but the views are some of the best on the Cape.


Hardings Beach

Another Cape Cod beach in Chatham is Hardings Beach.  Hardings Beach is on the side of Cape Cod on Nantucket Sound, with warmer, calm waters good for swimming.  This Cape Cod beach is popular among families for this reasons.  Restrooms and concessions are available at Hardings Beach, making it a great tourist-friendly option.


Race Point Beach

Voted one of the best beaches in the US by Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards, Race Point Beach is located in Provincetown.  Race Point has large sandy beach and amazing dunes.  The beach is on the Atlantic side of the Cape, making the tides stronger and the water colder.  Strong swimming ability is recommended if you want to take on the waves.  This Cape Cod beach is also popular among sunbathers, since the north facing shore gets plenty of sun.


Coastguard Beach

Coastguard Beach is a well-known Cape Cod beach with sandy cliffs and an historic Coast Guard Station standing above it.  Surfers and swimmers flock to Coastguard Beach, and in the summer it is only accessible by shuttle bus from remote parking.


Nauset Light Beach

Nauset Light Beach is contained a picturesque sandy scarp that is often associated with New England beaches.  The views of the beach and dunes as well as the lighthouse (Nauset Light) make it an ideal Cape Cod beach for those who crave scenic vistas.


Sandy Neck Beach

This Cape Cod beach is in Barnstable on the longest side of the Cape.  It affords great views of the bay area.  If you’re interesting in taking an ATV trip across a Cape Cod beach, Sandy Neck is a good option.


Head of the Meadow Beach

This Cape Cod beach is known as a “ship graveyard” due to the multitude of sunken ships in the sandbars.  Head of the Meadow is in Eastham and is a great Cape Cod beach for strolling and exploring.


North Beach

Accessible only by boat, North Beach is ideal for those seaking solitude.  Take a water taxi or ferry ride to get away from crowds in take in the natural beauty of the area.


No matter which Cape Cod Beach you choose, we know you’ll have a great trip!  And to make your getaway really stand out, don’t forget to book your room at Chatham Gables Inn.  Our Cape Cod bed and breakfast is close to many of the above beaches, so you’ll never be far from fun in the sun.  There is no better place to unwind after a day on the sand than one of our elegant guest rooms, each with its own private bath and luxury amenities.  Each morning, enjoy a complimentary full breakfast in the garden room to start your day off right.  We look forward to having you with us soon!



Photo courtesy Anthony Quintano.