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The most beautiful beaches around Provincetown, Cape Cod

Harbor Beach with the best Provincetown view
Harbor Beach with the best Provincetown view

Where can I find the most beautiful beaches around Provincetown?

The question of where the most beautiful beaches around Provincetown, Cape Cod are located, is not so easy to answer. The reason is that there are many. No wonder! Is it still the Cape Cod National Seashore - The protected landscape dunes of the peninsula - practically on the doorstep. If you drive to the bottom of the sandy elbow of Cape Cod and look for good beaches, you're spoiled for choice. Therefore, here we present you the most beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the city at the extreme end of the elbow-shaped peninsula. You can meet her in one day. However, it is much more fun to take time for this region and explore it in detail. Because there are many ways to do this.

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Beaches you should not miss

The Harbor Beach in the city

This beach is the most easily accessible beach from Provincetown. It's best to park your car at MacMillan Wharf (where the boats to Provincetown Whale watching tours lay down). Incidentally, the Provincetown Whale Watch Tours are so successful that they guarantee the sighting of whales. If you still don't see one, you can repeat your tour on another day. From there you have direct access to the beach and can take a beach hike past the pretty villas and houses along the Provincetown harbor bay.

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From Whale Watching Wharf at Provincetown Harbor, you have a good view of the city, the Pilgrim Monument and the miles of sandy beach that stretches along the north coast of the city. From here, boats leave for Whale Watching at Stellwagen Bay, the bay that connects Cape Cod with Boston.

Harbor Beach in Provincetown with boats
Provincetown Harbor with boats

This beach is perfect for those who want to get to know Provincetown from an unusual perspective. Most visitors choose Commercial Street for a stroll through the city past their countless shops and restaurants. For a different impression, a beach walk will take you parallel to the main street, overlooking the harbor, the boats and the pretty beach houses. (Map)

With Provincetown Dune Tours to Race Point Beach
Provincetown Dune Tours pass Race Point Beach

Race Point at the Cape Cod National Seashore

The Race Point Beach is located beyond the dunes in the south of the city. This can be reached via the driveway to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Parking is available south of the airport. This stretch of beach is open to the public for an entrance fee payable before entering the National Seashore.

Provincetown restaurants

These restaurants are located off Provincetown Harbor on Commercial Street and near Provincetown Beach:

  • The Lobster Pot, 321 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-0842
  • The Squealing Pig, 335 Commercial St. Tel. 508-487-5804
  • Tin Pan Alley, 269 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-1648
  • Ross' Grill, 237 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-8878
  • The Canteen, 225 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-3800

However, this lookout point to the former Coast Guard Station shown here can only be reached on a guided jeep tour through the dune landscapes south of Provincetown, which are offered from the city center. The Provincetown Dune Tours are not just worth the drive through the dunes. You will also learn many interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the dunes. We were most fascinated by the stories about the people who chose the lonely dune landscapes to build their cottages. (Map)

Beach of Herring Cove
Provincetown Lighthouse at Herring Cove Beach

Herring Cove Beach at the eastern tip of the Cape

The Herring Cove Beach is located on the eastern tip of Cape Cod at Provincetown and is accessible via both the 6 Highway and the 6a Highway. Strictly speaking, the narrow sandy beach lies at the eastern end of the two streets. The Herring Cove Beach is popular with the inhabitants of the city, where you can experience the most beautiful sunsets.

The fastest way to get there (definitely book or book in advance! Tickets are hardly available on the spot:

  • Travel with the Fast Ferry * from Boston to Provincetown. In 90 minutes you are there.

Many pack a picnic and expect a glass of sparkling wine and delicious lobster buns the time when the setting sun makes the sky shine in the most beautiful colors. This is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. (Map)

Long Point Beach overlooking the tower
Long Point Beach overlooking Provincetown Tower

Long Point Beach - only accessible by boat or on foot

The Long Point Beach is located on the headland, which at the end Cape Cods again direction Provincetown points. It is not accessible by car, but only by boat or on foot from the end of Commercial Street. Because of its seclusion, this beach is almost deserted.

This is one of the Beaches of Cape Codbest seen from the sea. The whale watching tours pass by on their way out into Stellwagen Bay. From the boat you have an overall view of the beach and the town with the Provincetown Monument. (Map)

That belongs in the suitcase:

  • A windbreaker * - Since Provincetown is located by the sea, the wind is blowing there almost always. You should definitely pack a windbreaker.
  • Practical is a baseball cap *that keeps hair in check even in strong winds.
  • Slippers * do not forget. If you are planning a day or a longer stay on the beach, then bathing shoes must be in the suitcase.
  • In summer - and often in autumn - Cape Cod is warm and sunny. Therefore, we also recommend one sun hat.

Whale Watching with the guarantee to see whales

Especially the beaches that face Cape Cod Bay are best seen from whale watching boats. These boats leave throughout the day from the Provincetown Pier. The Cape Cod Whale Watching Season takes a long time. The whales usually stay in the waters of Cape Cod Bay between April and October. The mackerel swarms lure them there. However, whales have already been spotted there in mid-March to mid-November. The best daytime for whale watching is usually the morning. Then the sea is calmer and the whales are easier to see. In the afternoon, the wind often refreshes, making the waves higher. As a result, the whales are not so good to see. Locals recommend going out with the second boat of the day since the first boat has already discovered the whales and reports the message to all following boats.

Provincetown Whale Watching Best Time: from April to October

Point of Interest & Sights

Apart from the Pilgrim Monument, the city itself does not offer many attractions. On Commercial Street there are galleries and souvenir shops that invite to a stroll. Other attractions include the beaches and activities described here:

  • The Race Point Beach Lighthouse
  • The Cape Cod Provincelands Trail
  • The Long Point Lighthouse
  • The Beech Forest
  • McMillan Peer
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Art's Dune Tours
  • Provincetown Theater
  • Charles Baltivik Gallery and Sculpture Garden
  • Adam Peck Gallery
  • Impulse Art Gallery
  • Old Harbor Life Saving Station
  • whale watching

More about Cape Cod and New England

Cape Cod

  • The The best beach on Cape Cod Not only around Provincetown and Cape Cod National Seashore are beautiful beaches. On this page we introduce you to others who are worth a detour. To get to know everyone, you need a lot of time. If you have less time, we recommend a stop at Nauset Beach near Chatham.

Rockport

  • Rockport, Massachusetts, a lovely fishing village on the north side of the bay. It's time to drive until you get there from Cape Cod. The place is worth the effort, however.

Sandwich

  • The Sandwich Cape Cod's oldest settlement. You should not miss this place. It offers some very interesting sights, which also give you an insight into what life on the island used to look like.

Cranberry harvest

  • Cranberry harvest In autumn, the cranberries are harvested on Cape Cod. We had no opportunity to see this on our trip to the peninsula. We were there too early in the year. However, in Ontario, Canada, we visited a cranberry farm at harvest time. Impressions of this are presented in this report. It looks a little different on Cape Cod. There you flood the cranberry fields. Then you beat the fruits with machines from the plants. The healthy fruits float up in the water and are simply skimmed off. This is a feast for the eyes. The red fruits cover the entire water surface, which arises on the field.

Pilgrim Fathers

  • As the Pilgrim Fathers Having crossed the Atlantic on board the Mayflower, they first landed on Cape Cod. The First Encounter Beach on the peninsula recalls this. There they met the first Indians. However, they quickly realized that the region would not ensure their survival. So they got back in their ship and sailed on to the Bay of Plymouth. There they built their first settlement in North America. If you are interested in the history of the Pilgrim Fathers, then you will find a story about the Pilgrim Fathers Museum in Leiden in Holland. This is reminiscent of her time in Holland. They had fled there when the persecution increased in England. However, they soon realized that even in their new home they could not live the life they longed for. Therefore, they joined a group of other Puritans who wanted to leave England. The goal was actually the English colony in Northern Virginia. However, a storm brought them to the coast of New England. Here they built their own lives as they wished. The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial in Provincetown reminds of them.

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Source: own research on site for "The most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod". We financed this trip ourselves.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Claudia
    | Reply

    Hi monika,
    Cape Cod has been on my travel list for a long time, even though the US has recently slipped a bit further down the bucket list. For reasons. But times are changing again ...
    I've been to the US before, even a week in New York, but unfortunately we didn't make the trip to the Cape. Next time, it will definitely be made up for.
    I find your photo "Race Point Beach" particularly charming. Fantastically beautiful. I could hang it on the wall immediately! Would also be great as a calendar sheet. The picnic idea is also a good tip!
    Thank you so much for the really very helpful contribution.
    Greetings!
    Claudia

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Liebe Claudia,

      I'm glad if you like our article about Cape Cod. The beaches around Provincetown are gorgeous and very varied. Cape Cod lures us again - but only in a few years.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Nicole from PASSENGER X
    | Reply

    Sooo many beautiful beaches, the decision is difficult, but I think I would take the Herring Cove Beach. Sunset, that was the keyword, which convinced me :)

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Yes that's true. The selection of beaches around Provincetown is large and varied. We did not stay there long enough to test everyone, but the ones we visited were all class.

  3. Victoria
    | Reply

    Hello you two,

    Once again, you're dreaming to come up with this great report. New England has to be fascinating and the landscape is so wonderfully rough and yet beautiful. That was definitely a great time there.

    Regards
    Victoria

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Victoria,

      yes, the dunes and beach landscapes around Provincetown are already very impressive. No wonder this is also a national park.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Ricarda Christina Hollweg
    | Reply

    Hello Monika and Petar,
    As a teenager I read a novel that played on Cape Cod. The descriptions of the landscape I found inspiring even then, but somehow I never came up with the idea to travel there. The dune landscape, however, I find very attractive and whale watching is a great thing. Renting a cottage here would be great.
    Best regards,
    Ricarda

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Ricarda,

      We've been to Cape Cod a few times, and I've often been there during my time as a tour guide. I love Cape Cod since I saw the peninsula for the first time. There are not only the dunes, beaches and whales interesting. I also like the lifestyle of the people there very well.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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