Beaches are what brings many people to the Cape. This picture illustrates
the flat beaches on Cape Cod Bay in Brewster and Orleans. A visit
to a beach can be combined with a walk, a bicycle ride, some boating,
CapeGuide has a list
of Cape beaches with directions. Another list is at SunSol.
The list at Cape Cod Recreation
includes many ponds. Parking restrictions can plague the casual
beachgoer. Some towns require you to buy a parking sticker ahead
of time. A good way to get free entry is on your bicycle.
The Cape has a variety of beaches for different kinds of fun.
- Along the Atlantic Ocean, beaches
have the most exciting surf and the coldest water.
- On Cape Cod Bay, beaches are more
sheltered. They're positioned for watching sunsets. Many are so
flat that low tide exposes a wide expanse of beach with tidewater
pools, as in this picture.
- On Nantucket Sound, beaches are
also more sheltered than those facing east.
- Pleasant Bay and other protected saltwater
such as Chatham's Oyster Pond stay far warmer than the ocean waters
they connect with. They're great for swimming, combining the best
aspects of salt water and lakes. The tides change, the water is
salty, and interesting creatures live in the marshes.
- Freshwater lakes and ponds
are plentiful on the Cape and many have public beaches.