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The Top Five Best Cape Cod Beaches

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Find the Best Beaches on Cape Cod - from Race Point Beach to Sandy Neck

Cape Cod is known for the beautiful white sands, rolling sand dunes, lighthouses, shorebirds, and the gentle waves of Cape Cod Bay. Every summer, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Cape Cod from all over the country to take in the beautiful views and beaches of Race Point, Rock Harbor, Sandy Neck, and other favorites across the Cape. Here are five of the best Cape Cod beaches, in no particular order, featured for their spectacular sunsets, scenic seaside views, beautiful white sands, and pristine shoreline.

Race Point Beach - Provincetown's beautiful Race Point Beach

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Race Point isn't the most convenient beach on the Cape, but it's the most remote, and has an incredible view of Stellwagen Bank, the marine sanctuary in Massachusetts Bay. If you're lucky, you might be able to spot a whale or two off the coast with the naked eye. Race Point is also far away from downtown Provincetown. Race Point also has miles of hiking available on the trails (which are actually bike trails). To get to Race Point, head as far north as you can go on Route 6 (the sign says east, but you're really heading north). Eventually you'll see signage for Race Point. Take that road, and you'll come to a giant parking lot with sand dunes in the background. That's Race Point Beach.

Above, right: Race Point Lighthouse Mousepad

Rock Harbor Orleans - One of Cape Cod's best sunsets

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From Route 6, you can take the Orleans rotary to Rock Harbor Road. This leads directly to Rock Harbor, which has some of the most unique scenery for a Cape Cod beach. Pine trees line harbor and head out into the water, facing west. At sunset, you can catch a glimpse of one of the best sunsets on Cape Cod, and one of the few western facing beaches on Cape Cod. Get there early if you plan on seeing the sunset, as it tends to get crowded in the summer.

Right: Rock Harbor Poster

Find the Best Things to do on Cape Cod - Restaurants, hotels, beaches, lighthouses, and activities

Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard might not be gigantic, but they have hundreds of miles of coastline to explore. With all of this coastline, plus the beautiful backroads, historical sites, and seaside restaurants, you can't possibly soak in all of them. That's why reading a guide to the area is a great idea, like this one from Fodor's. This guide has excellent reviews from people who have purchased it, and will help you fin the best seafood restaurants in the area, the best beach walks, where to find easy parking at the best beaches, and what the best scenic drives are on the Cape.

Sandy Neck Beach - Barnstable's Sandy Neck Beach

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Sandy Neck is located off of Route 6A in Sandwich, at the end of Sandy Neck Road. The end of the peninsula is actually located in West Barnstable, while the entrance is in Sandwich. Sandy Neck is part of the 4,000 acre Great Salt Marsh, which is a haven for local birds and wildlife. At the end of the peninsula, you can find beach parking, as well as the decommissioned Sandy Neck Lighthouse (now private property). Sandy Neck Beach is a one of the Cape's most scenic beaches, with sand dunes making up much of the beach, and the Great Salt Marsh just in the distance.

Beach Essentials for Your Trip to One of these Cape Cod Beaches - What to bring to the beach...

Here are some great things to bring to the beach that you might not want to forget:

Even on a hot day, the water at Nauset Beach is frigid (to be expected at almost any beach on Cape Cod). Nauset Beach boasts clean, soft sands with no dirt or clay, beautiful views, and some of the biggest waves on the East Coast. The fee for the beach is expensive, so you'll want to spend the entire day there. Pack a lunch, bring a cooler, and bring enough money to visit Liam's Clam Shack. To get to Nauset Beach, take Route 6 to Orleans, then follow Beach Rd. Further to the north, you can find Nauset Light Beach in Eastham,another very popular sandy beach.

Lighthouse Beach, just like the name implies, is located at Chatham Lighthouse in Chatham. While the water might be a little cooler and rougher on Lighthouse Beach than the south facing Nantucket Sound beaches, it's the experience and scenery that makes this beach great. Across the water, you can see the beginning spits of Monomoy Island, home to some frequent seals that visit the island. The sands of the beach are incredibly white, with Chatham Lighthouse as the backdrop behind you.

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What's Your Favorite Cape Cod Beach? - Tell us about your favorite Cape Cod Beach,and you're experience!

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on March 11, 2013:

Lovely! It's my dream to travel to as many places as I possibly can afford. LOL. ^_^ Thanks for sharing your favorite beaches.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on January 17, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks for the tip!

anonymous on January 08, 2013:

White Crest beach in Wellfleet - towering dunes - it's had to walk down and up as it's so far down you have to do it diagonally. However, once down, especially in the off season, you feel like you are on a deserted beach and it is so dang peaceful

MrMojo01 on August 25, 2012:

It's been a long time since I've been to Cape Cod but I'd like to go back!

anonymous on August 07, 2012:

Maconi beach is the best!!!!!!

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

May flower Beach

Michey LM on July 28, 2012:

Come back to give Blessings to the lens! I has great info.

Redhotyogi on July 18, 2012:

@Kiwisoutback: Excellent. sounds great. will definitely do that. Thanks for the feedback.

Kiwisoutback (author) from Massachusetts on July 17, 2012:

@Redhotyogi: Cape Cod in November is traffic free, and it's about an hour south of Boston. To get to the Outer Cape, it takes about another hour. It's an easy day trip, I'd recommend it!

Redhotyogi on July 16, 2012:

Some of these beaches look lush. I am visiting Boston in November and wonder whether they are close enough to visit for a day?

Kristen from Boston on June 25, 2012:

Nauset Beach of course, but you can't beat the sunsets at Rock Harbor!

biminibahamas on June 22, 2012:

I'm ready to hit the beach! Nice lens ...

Kathryn Wallace from Greenbank, WA, USA on June 20, 2012:

I visited my parents in their retirement home on Cape Cod for 20 years, my favorite beach was Sandy Neck. Love the marshes...

AlleyCatLane on June 16, 2012:

Never been to Cape Cod - maybe one day. Nauset beach looks great to me.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on June 16, 2012:

Maybe I will earn enough vacation dough on Squidoo to go the Cape Cod someday. lol I live all the way on the west coast.

motobidia on June 14, 2012:

I've been to most of these, but Old Silver Beach remains my favorite Cape Cod beach. It's great for watching the sunset, the water is much warmer than the other beaches, and there is a bar that serves food and drinks right on the beach. What more can one ask for?

Blackspaniel1 on June 14, 2012:

Great photos

srsddn lm on June 13, 2012:

Wonderful beaches.

piarejuden on May 30, 2012:

Hi, Kiwisoutback! Published my lens on 12 tips to perfect beach bumming yesterday! So thrilled that it not only got me a purple star, but got me onto the monsterboard! Yay! This lens that you created has been linked onto my lens so I thought you should know!! :) Thank you so much for sharing and being a part of Squidoo! Cheers!

costumesngifts on May 13, 2012:

cape cod is such a picturesque place and the pictures you chose to show really captured that!

infiniti99 lm on April 08, 2012:

The heights beach was a blast in the eighties and early ninties.Grew up on Sippewissett rd in Falmouth.Sandy neck and Chappachoit Beach and old silver ain't bad either.

julieannbrady on March 25, 2012:

Do you know? I had no idea that there would be more than ONE Cape Cod Beach ... heck, it sounds better than Jacksonville, FL!

Katzeye on October 06, 2011:

Can't beat a weekend at the Cape!

WebSpinstress on August 15, 2011:

Our favorite Cape Cod beach is Skaket - especially during low tide for the tide pooling and shell collecting. :-)

soloibiza on July 04, 2011:

Nauset Beach , of course

AuthorNormaBudden on May 29, 2011:

Another stunning lens!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on March 17, 2011:

I love a good beach...and if there is a lighthouse that is even better! Blessed and added to my United States Travel Angel lens.

nesandbar on October 25, 2010:

Rock harbor has awesome sunsets...

Robin S from USA on September 08, 2010:

I've never been but they all look pretty!

anonymous on July 31, 2010:

it's a secret!!

justholidays on June 26, 2010:

Once again you did a great job on this page and this really invites people to visit this place!

LoKackl on May 02, 2010:

Great information! SquidAngel Blessed

northamerica on April 16, 2010:

5 stars!

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