Guide to Beaches

Guide to Summer Swimming Beaches:
There are six swimming beaches within Cape Cod National Seashore each with its own interesting natural features, and some with cultural associations.

For Your Safety: After Labor Day, and until late June, there are no lifeguards on duty at national seashore beaches. Read and heed off-season safety advisories posted at the six national seashore beaches.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sharks and Public Safety

Campfire Permits

A limited number of permits per beach per day for campfires at the park's six swimming beaches are available at park visitor centers. Reservations may be made up to 3 days in advance by calling Salt Pond Visitor Center at (508)255-3421 for beaches in Eastham and Wellfleet, and Province Lands Visitor Center at (508)487-1256 for beaches in Truro and Provincetown, or in person at the visitor centers beginning at 9:00 am. Demand for reservations is extremely high during the summer months and park policy is to take reservations from those physically at the visitor center each morning before phone reservations are accepted. Permits are free, and must be picked up the day of the fire at the reserving visitor center, before 3:30 pm.

Fire permits for the Off Road Vehicle corridor are issued through the ORV office at Race Point Ranger Station in Provincetown. You may call them at (508)487-2100 extension 0927, or in person at the ORV office beginning at 8:00 am.

Permits are not required for stoves using manufactured fuels or for charcoal grills when used in designated picnic areas at Doane Rock, Great Island, Pilgrim Heights, and Beech Forest, or on sandy or rocky beaches bordering tidewater.

A crowd with colorful blankets and umbrellas enjoys a a sunny beach day.

Coast Guard Beach

Family friendly fun on a wide stretch of beach.

A group of beach visitors stretch out across a sandy beach with colorful blankets and umbrellas.

Nauset Light Beach

A picturesque beach under the famous Nauset Lighthouse.

Wooden stairs lead down to a beach with many multi-colored blankets and umbrellas.

Marconi Beach

A historic site for recreation!

A crowded beach with people lounging under colorful umbrellas.

Head of the Meadow Beach

Where the Frances came to rest.

A glorious sun sets behind several fishermen casting into the crashing surf.

Race Point Beach

A favorite spot.

A blue mat designed for improved beach access stretches out from a grey bath house structure.

Herring Cove Beach

Accessibility, food and entertainment.


Fees and Passes

Cape Cod National Seashore beaches charge access fees. We also offer Seasonal and America the Beautiful Passes.

Entrance Fees and Locations

Last updated: November 7, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

99 Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667


(508) 255-3421

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