The Ultimate Cape Cod Beach Guide was curated by our very own marketing interns. Each beach represented below was researched and vetted based upon the following criteria; parking availability and ease, the 'swimmability' of the surf, and its friendliness to families with young children. Check out the sandy shores listed by location and be sure to download our app for an interactive user-friendly map to plan your next beach day!
From local small businesses to irresistible views, a beach trip on the Lower Cape is always a day well spent. Visit a bayside beach, soak in some rays at a Cape Cod lake, or enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean while munching on seafood favorites. Find the best beach for your Cape outing with our guide below.
Walk along the shore at low tide and explore Cape Cod sea life at Breakwater Beach. Looking for a quiet public beach? This local spot is ideal for kids and adults alike and offers a front row seat to some of the Cape's best ocean front views. Parking is $20/day.
With its miles of flats and quiet local vibe, Paines Creek is one of Brewster's best beaches. The beautiful blue water is perfect for a mid-day swim or refreshing cool-down. Walk along the shore while relishing in the remarkable Brewster views. Beachgoers can park at this local spot for $20/day.
Catch a glimpse of quintessential Cape Cod views from the top of the stairs at Lighthouse Beach. This local favorite is the largest beach in Chatham and is equipped with lifeguards in the summer season. Grab a bite to eat from the on-site snack shack and soak in the sun from the shores of this Lower Cape staple.
Make a splash in the bridge-side inlets or munch on summertime snacks at Ridgevale Beach. These shores are ideal for ocean front walks and calm Cape Cod swims. Take a break from the beach and explore the town of Chatham with its local eateries and classic Cape atmosphere. Visitors can park at Ridgevale for $20/day.
With 10 miles of soft sand paired with lively Atlantic waves, Nauset Beach is boogie-boarder's paradise. An Orleans staple, this lifeguard-equipped location is handicap accessible and offers restrooms for all Cape-goers. Grab a beachside snack and park at this Lower Cape oasis for $30/day.
With calm waters and classic Cape Cod sand flats, Skaket beach is a popular family-friendly spot. Explore the tidal pools at low tide or take an ocean side nap at this lifeguarded location. With snack options for all members of the family, this Lower Cape favorite is perfect for young beach-goers. Parking is $30/day.
Take in the freshwater views at one of Cape Cod’s largest ponds. With clear blue water, this local spot is ideal for fishing, relaxing on shore, or partaking in water activities. Cruise around the pond with a kayak or walk along the water's edge with friends. Visitors can park at this freshwater attraction for $20/day.
Bank Street Beach
A local gem, Bank Street Beach is one of Harwich’s best kept secrets. Search for seashells on shore or escape the heat by taking a dip in the clear blue water. With miles of sand for walking and laying out in the sun, Bank Street offers a fun beach experience for all members of your Cape trip. Parking at this location is residents-only.
Pleasant Road Beach
Nicknamed "pretty girl beach," this Harwich favorite offers views, life guard surveillance, and handicap accessibility to ensure fun in the sun for all guests. Make a splash in the warm, peaceful waters, play a round of Spikeball on the shore, or read a book while listening to the subtle Lower Cape waves. Beach-lovers can park at this Harwich spot for $20/day.