Top 10 Cape Cod Beaches

cape cod wind surfingThe beaches at Cape Cod have inspired filmmakers for years with their striking sunsets and picture-perfect shores. For tourists, there's lots of exploring to do: dunes, off shore seals, intimate alcoves, and cliffs. The Cape beaches not only boast attractive landscapes, but are also known for world class wind surfing - which is great since summertime water temperatures average 70 degrees.

Check out these top Cape Cod beaches as you plan your trip to New England's coast.

1. Breakwater Beach

This beach in Brewster is ideal for families and small children. There are homes that border this beach, making it feel like a small community. It's also down the street from the town local market, Brewsters , where you can purchase beach bags and pick up some world famous ice cream.

2. Sandwich Town Beach

If you're looking for the right terrain for scuba diving, this beach offers a clay reef, as well as ship

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wreckage and a glimpse into sea life. There are quaint boardwalks that allow visitors to enter the beach, which is located on the tip of the Sandwich community.

3. Sandy Neck Beach

Located in Barnstable, this is Cape Cod's longest beach on the Cape side, offering nice views of the bay area. Sandy Neck is a dredged beach and is open to ATVs and four wheeling. If hiking is more in line, consider the salt brush and explore endangered animals native to the area, like turtles and toads.

4. Cahoon Hollow Beach

Sitting at the bottom of a 75-foot drop off, the flat sandy surfaces and quaint valley feel provide a cozy setting for beach goers. The calm waters are perfect for paddle boarding and resting. When the day is said and done, have dinner at the town's only local restaurant, The Beachcomber , boasting a rich New England style menu. Located in Barnstable.

5. Nauset Light Beach

Perfect for swimming and surfing, waves and swells at Nauset Light Beach measure in at two to four feet during the different tides of the day. Located in Eastham.

cape cod shipwreck6. Head of the Meadow Beach

Known for being a ship graveyard , Meadow Beach in Eastham features hundreds of sunken ships caught in this beach's many hidden sandbars. This is a great beach for exploration above or under water, as many of the shipwrecks can be seen at low tide.

7. Herring Cove Beach

Park on the beach's narrow opening, and walk about a quarter mile to see clear water, open sand, and plenty of room for everyone. This Provincetown beach is best know for enchanting sunsets and caters to alternative lifestyles, providing marked areas for visitors.

8. Campground Beach

The name says it all. Bring your canteen, tents, and bathing suits. This beach in Eastham is the perfect setting for camping and enjoying the ocean.

9. Chapin Memorial Beach

Come and have a clam bake at this outdoor lovers hotspot in Dennis. Open to ATVs and four wheelers, this beach is also famous for its clamming.

10. Newcomb Hollow Beach

Located in Wellfleet, this beach is perfect for those that enjoy running on the beach. There are steep paths that lead to a long stretch of flat sand. The waves are calm and low, and many enjoy taking a few hours to simply rest on the sand, run, or investigate the creature filled tide pools.

Book a vacation rental in Cape Cod right on one of these great beaches to experience the area in the most relaxing way possible. You can't go wrong with a spacious home all to yourself, and the sand and surf just steps away.

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