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P-Town Beaches, Provincetown Vacation, Cape Cod Attractions

Our little town at the tip of Cape Cod is practically surrounded by water, making P-Town beaches the most accessible of all Cape Cod attractions in the area!  Provincetown was recently listed as the sixth best beach location in the United States, proving that a Provincetown Vacation is a great summer activity.

The most convenient beach is referred to as Town Beach, or Provincetown Beach, and is just off Commercial Street – just follow the marked access locations!  This bay-beach can actually disappear, depending on the tide, so make sure to watch the water!  This is the best location to walk dogs, or take a casual evening stroll after dinner downtown, and is very family-friendly.  Be aware that some parts of this beach are private, so be sure to look for public access signs.

Race Point Beach is the family beach on the north side of town near the airport and the Province Lands Visitor Center… and is at the edge of the actual Atlantic Ocean.  Because of the distance from town, the walk might be a long one, and you may instead want to drive, take a shuttle, or ride a bike up to the parking area.  The name of the beach originates from the rolling surge created when the Atlantic Ocean meets Cape Cod Bay waters.  Due to this potentially strong current, we would recommend that children be watched very carefully if you choose to bring them to this beach.  The good news is that the beach has ample lifeguards!  This beach may also be a good spot for kite-flying, thanks to the Atlantic winds.  Located at the north end of Race Point Road, this beach has a bath house, but no concessions.

All those who enjoy alternative lifestyles should definitely head west!  Herring Cove Beach spans almost the entire length of the west coast and is THE place to be for all you gay/lesbian/bi   beachbums!  Enjoy the calm, warm water (averaging 65 degrees), combined with very little undertow and the “inland” tidal pools that are full at high tide!  While nudity is prohibited at any of the area beaches, you might just run into some risk-takers as you move south towards the Moors and the Wood End Lighthouse.  Located at Route 6 and Province Lands Road, this beach has a concession stand and bath house near the parking area.  Herring Cove is handicapped-accessible.

Please note that Race Point and Herring Cove beaches are on National Park land, and require a $15 daily access fee.  Also, if you choose to wander the sands, please observe beach rules.  Also watch for the nesting areas of the endangered Piping Plover and steer clear.

Beach Rules:

  • Do not disturb natural or cultural features; all are protected by federal law.
  • Glass containers, flotation devices (rafts, rubber-tubes), snorkels, and masks are prohibited on any life
  • guard-protected beach.
  • Pets must be leashed and under control at all times. Leashes may not exceed six feet. Pets are not
  • permitted in public buildings, picnic areas, on life-guarded beaches, self-guiding trails, or on locations
  • posted as shorebird nesting areas.
  • Public nudity is prohibited.
  • No license is required for saltwater fishing, but a state license is required for freshwater fishing.
  • Town licenses for shell fishing are required. Regulations and fees vary by town.
  • Surfing and windsurfing are permitted in waters outside life-guarded beaches.
  • Permits are required for all beach fires. They may be obtained on a first come, first serve basis at Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers. Do not bury coals.
  • Sand collapses easily. Climbing slopes or digging deep holes above knee level is hazardous and prohibited.

Member Inns of the Distinctive Inns of Provincetown welcome you to our beach-loving town.  We hope you make us your Provincetown lodging choice, and that we can make your Cape Cod beach vacation something to remember!

The Innkeepers of The Distinctive Inns of Provincetown

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