Celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, Samuel Jackson and even politicians, such as the Obamas and the Clinton’s love visiting Cape Cod, MA every summer. It is a summer destination known for the famous and wealthy but also known for its beautiful beaches that attract 5.23 million visitors a year. Mainly in the summer and early fall. Here are 3 Cape Cod beaches to visit in the Outer Cape.
Parts of Cape Cod
Cape Cod is subdivided into 4 sections and the 2 Islands.
- There is the Upper Cape when you enter Cape Cod and you have the popular destination, Falmouth, along with Bourne and Sandwich.
- Mid Cape – About 70% of the Cape Cod population are in these areas – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Hyannis (and a few more).
- The Lower Cape introduces you to the outer cape. Here you have towns, such as, Chatham and Orleans and Nickerson State Park.
- The Outer Cape is “deep in the cape” as my family and I like to refer to this area. These areas are more secluded, surrounded by more trees and MANY beaches. Here you have Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. These towns are known for their beaches.
- Islands – Cape Cod also has 2 islands, known as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. To get to these Islands you take a ferry.
Why Visit Beaches in the Outer Cape?
If you love beaches and plan to go to the beach everyday on your vacation, the outer cape is your best bet. You truly get to experience the lifestyle of living by the beach. No need to bring fancy clothes. Everyone dresses very casual since it’s sandy, lots of dunes and lots of beaches!
Cahoon Hollow Beach (Known as Beachcomber Beach)
Cahoon Hollow beach is known as Beachcomber Beach. Google Beachcomber and you will find this beach. It is one of the most popular beaches in the Cape, located in Wellfleet. Get there early to find parking. The cost is $30 but you get a voucher for the same amount to use at their restaurant, located right on the beach. Fun fact, Beachcomber Restaurant is protected by the National Seashore. It is the only privately held commercial property allowed and the only ocean front restaurant and club, in the Cape (not including the 2 islands). Really good food as well!
The beach is known for its dunes. Prepare to walk downhill to the beach. That part isn’t bad considering you do have to walk uphill with your beach essentials when your done! Prepare to spend the day and enjoy the water, the view of the dunes and the beautiful sand. Pack snacks and walk up to the restaurant for lunch. After your done, return to the beach to enjoy the rest of your beach day!
Marconi beach is also located in Wellfleet. It is part of the National Seashore. The entrance fee is $25. This beach also has dunes. Looking at my pictures it looks like I am in Egypt. Super cool. If you want to surf or learn to surf, this the beach to go to. It was fun watching the instructors give surfing lessons and then watching the people surf. Paddle boarding is also lots of fun at Marconi beach. There are also sand bars that attract more people to the ocean. Watch out for the seals. They are super friendly but keep out of their way and do not touch them. They swim in packs, bobbing in and out of the water.
Ryder beach is amazing, located in Truro. It is pretty secluded and many may not know of this beautiful hidden gem. I recommend going in the evening to watch the sunset. The water is warm, like bath water. I have to say in all my life have I ever found a warm Atlantic ocean, living in Massachusetts. My assumption is, it is warm because it is inside the “hook” of Massachusetts. There is plenty of parking in the evening and just locals walking their dogs or also enjoying the view.
Cape Cod & Beaches
If your heading to the Cape, make sure to visit a beach or two. After all, Cape Cod is known for its beautiful beaches!
What’s your favorite Cape Cod beach?