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Upper Cape Beaches


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!

The Upper Cape has a plethora of beaches in Mashpee, Falmouth, & Sandwich. From the perfect place to watch the sunset, to the best beaches to keep the kids entertained, there is a beach for everyone. This blog highlights some of the most popular beaches in the Upper Cape, but for some more hidden gems, make sure to download the FREE New England Travel App for further resources on how to have an authentic local experience.


Falmouth

Old Silver

Equipped with lifeguards and concessions, Old Silver provides a go-to relaxation spot for both individual beachgoers and Cape-loving families. Located on Buzzard's Bay in North Falmouth, this popular summer spot is split in half by Herring Brook, which creates an area for Falmouth residents and a separate spot for visitors. Offering public parking for $30 per day, Old Silver is the ideal spot for a full day filled with Cape Cod sun and fun. Finish the day by taking in the iconic sunset view from the powdery shores.

Surf Drive

Surf Drive beach provides views and amenities for all Upper Cape visitors. Paddle board in the Surf Drive waves, stop by the concession stand to pick up some beach-worthy snacks, or take a break from the sun and drive 3 minutes to shop in downtown Falmouth. Public parking is available for $20 per day.










Menauhant Beach

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Cape Cod summer months and take a day trip to Menauhant Beach. This quiet location is monitored by lifeguards during the summer season and offers a snack bar for hungry beach goers. This Falmouth staple offers public parking for $20/day.











Chapoquoit Beach

Take a break from the Cape Cod summer crowds and spend a day at Chapoquoit Beach. Nestled between Buzzards Bay and West Falmouth Harbor, this local gem features an endless seashell collection and a breezy beach grass landscape. Munch on some favorite summer snacks after stopping at the concession stand and listen to the crashing waves at Chapoquoit Beach. To park at this beach during the summer season, beach goers will need a resident sticker.









Photo Credit: Steve Hall

Falmouth Heights Beach

With Martha's Vineyard outlining the horizon, Falmouth Heights Beach is the perfect spot to catch some sun while taking in the view. Swim in the sound, relax on land, or explore Falmouth's ocean-side restaurants just walking distance from the beach. Parking during the summer season can be tricky, as Falmouth Heights requires a resident sticker.










Mashpee


South Cape Beach

Look out towards Nantucket Sound and Martha's Vineyard on the shores of South Cape Beach. Stroll along this mile-long stretch of sand or venture off into the various walking trails. Watch boats pass by on their way to the Vineyard while relaxing on the sand.








Photo Credit: Dan Truesdale

Popponesset Peninsula

Walk to Popponesset Peninsula to enjoy a day on the sand. Home to several conservation projects and a bird sanctuary, the peninsula is a great place to find protected wildlife. The peninsula has a fascinating history of erosion and, restoration and is a demonstration of the cape’s efforts to preserve its natural beaches. There is no parking for this destination and is walking-in only.








Photo Credit: WeNeedaVacation

South Cape Beach

Look out towards Nantucket Sound and Martha's Vineyard on the shores of South Cape Beach. Stroll along this mile-long stretch of sand or venture off into the various walking trails. Watch boats pass by on their way to the Vineyard while relaxing on the sand.


Photo Credit: Jessye Sarno


Sandwich

Snake Pond Beach

Play volleyball and make a splash at Sandwich's Snake Pond Beach. This freshwater attraction is perfect for lounging, fishing, and making time for family and friends. To park at Snake Pond, beachgoers will need a Sandwich resident pass.








Photo Credit: Amy Riley

Town Neck

Spend a day with friends at this quiet, local spot. Jump off the boardwalk and play in the water at high tide. This summer will be the last for visitors to enjoy the original boardwalk, built in 1870, as it will soon be replaced with one that can better withstand strong storms. A local favorite, Town Neck is a great spot to watch boats pass through the canal and appreciate a summer day. Parking is $20 per day.


Photo Credit: @southcoastandthecape

East Sandwich Beach

Soak in the sun from the sand bars or sit around a fire with family on East Sandwich Beach. This local favorite is known for its rocky sand, grassy dunes, and incredible views. Catch some rays and collect seashells while walking along the shore. $20 per day can get visitors a parking spot on this beautiful beach.

Photo Credit: Danne Frances Dzenawagis