Cape Cod Beaches

Cape Cod beaches vary from quiet Cape Cod Bay side beaches with calm cool water, to the warm gentle waves of the beaches on Nantucket Sound, to the wild and roaring surf of the beaches laying on Cape Cod's eastern shore. Which beach is for you depends on whether you're looking for a beach suitable for small children or looking to surf some big waves, or something in between.

Harding Beach on Nantucket Sound, West Chatham
Calm waters. Mostly flat beach area with some dunes. Sanitary facilities and bathhouse. Snackbar. Seasonal Life Guards. Fee for parking.

Ridgevale Beach on Nantucket Sound, South Chatham
Calm waters. Small flat beach. Favorite for families with small children. “Outhouse” style facilities. Seasonal Life Guards. Fee for parking

Forest Beach on Nantucket Sound, South Chatham
Calm waters. Rocky jetties. Shallow beach area. Limited parking, with no fee. No Life Guards. No facilities.

South Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, Chatham
Located across from the Lighthouse. Great beachcombing beach in the early evening. Calm to rough water. Strong currents. No Life Guards. No facilities. Limited time parking (20 minutes) until 5pm.

Nauset Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, Orleans
Best wave action! Great beach area. Full snack bar. Shower, restroom and changing facilities. Seasonal Life Guards. Parking fee.