Cape Cod Beaches in Eastham

The Cape Cod beaches in Eastham are some of the most scenic and varied on all of the Cape!

cape cod beaches in eastham

Eastham is an outer Cape coastal community featuring the Cape Cod beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Cape Cod Bay to the west.

The east side is comprised of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

These are the raw, untamed beaches of the Atlantic, featuring big surf and cold water.

Here you will find the beaches protected by high dunes, making beach access difficult for those who cannot climb stairs.

To the west are the Cape Cod beaches of the bay, featuring calm, placid waters, and miles of tidal flats at low tide.

Ah, Cape Cod Beaches in Eastham…The best of both worlds!

Stickers for the Cape Cod beaches in Eastham can be purchased at the Recreation and Beach Department, located at 2500 State Highway in Eastham.

For more information on Eastham beach stickers, call 508-240-5974.

These stickers are for town beaches only.

They are not for Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, however, if you pay to park at a National Seashore beach, save your receipt, because that entitles you to access any of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches.

Campground Beach

Campground Beach is a small Cape Cod Bay beach with no amenities. A beach sticker is required for parking.

Directions: Take Massasoit Rd. off of Rt. 6.

Coast Guard Beach

When we think of Cape Cod beaches in Eastham, Coast Guard is one that comes to mind.

Coast Guard Beach is run by the Cape Cod National Seashore, and is recognized as one of the top ten beaches in America, that’s right, top ten in America!

Very popular with locals, tourists and surfers, Coast Guard can get quite crowded, but if you are willing to walk, you can always find an uncrowded spot.

There is very little parking at the beach, except for disabled persons. All beachgoers are shuttled from separate parking lots.

We have found that by packing our bikes and parking at the Salt Pond Visitors Center, we can ride the couple of miles to the beach, and bike parking is free. Amenities include:

Restrooms

Showers

Lifeguards In-Season

$15 Daily Parking Fee

Directions: From Rt 6 Take Doane Rd at the Salt Pond Visitor Center and follow the signs.

Cooks Brook Beach

Cooks Brook is a Cape Cod Bay beach in North Eastham. There are restrooms and a beach sticker is required for parking.

Directions: Take Massasoit Rd. off of Rt. 6

First Encounter Beachfirst encounter beach

First Encounter get its name from the first encounter between Pilgrims and Native Americans before they landed at Plymouth Rock.

This is one of the great Cape Cod beaches in Eastham on the bay, featuring warm, calm water and plenty of parking with easy access to the beach. A beach sticker is required for parking. Amenities include:

Restrooms

Lifeguards In-Season

Ice Cream Truck visits regularly

Directions: From Rt 6 take Samoset Road to its very end.

Nauset LightNauset Light Beach

Nauset Light is run by the Cape Cod National Seashore and is a wide Atlantic beach protected by a high dune bluff.

Named for the lighthouse that once sat on top of the bluff, but had to be moved 300 feet back in 1996, due to advancing erosion.

This is one of the very popular Cape Cod beaches in Eastham with tourists and surfers. Amenities include:

Restrooms

Showers

Lifeguards In-Season

$15 Daily Parking Fee

Directions: From Route 6 in North Eastham take Nauset Rd. to Cable Rd.

Sunken Meadow Beach

Sunken Meadow is a Cape Cod Bay beach known for some good fishing. There are no amenities, and a beach sticker is required for parking.

Directions: In N. Eastham off Massasoit Rd.

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