Cape Cod’s famous beaches – from calmer waters on the Cape Cod Bay side to rougher waters on the Atlantic Ocean and Buzzards Bay side – are open and welcoming. Many have plenty of open space to allow for social distancing. Here is a sampling that touches on all parts of the Cape:
Nauset Beach in Orleans — Managed by the town of Orleans, this beach, on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Cape, is a very long beach good for surfing and boogie boards and watching playful sea life, like offshore seals. Ocean water will be cool and waves may be vigorous. Popular beach for shore fishing for bass and blues. Off-road vehicles are allowed, with a town permit. Lots of open space, so good for social distancing. Map.
Marconi Beach in Wellfleet — Named for Guglielmo Marconi, who sent the first radio transmission to Europe from Cape Cod in 1903, this long beach has vast views in each direction. It is easy to find enough room on the beach to keep distance between people. The bike trail of the Cape Cod National Seashore passes this beach and there is a one-mile nature trail to the interesting Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. Mac’s on the Pier is a good take-out clam shack near the beach. https://goo.gl/maps/npSJ6cvBqK8PxvWb6.
Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth — This pretty beach on Buzzard’s Bay, in the southwestern lobe of Cape Cod, has fine, white sand, and it is very popular. The nearby Sea Crest Beach Hotel sells takeout food. Parking is $20 per car. Summer 2020: The beach and its parking lot fill up very early in the day, so social distancing can get difficult as the day gets longer. Best advice is to get to the beach early. The Falmouth Town Beach Department gives daily online updates of parking lots conditions. Map.
Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown — Beautiful sand beaches, nearby walks on the dunes, glorious sunsets, adjacent to a bike trail, all part of the magnificent Cape Cod National Seashore. Herring Cove snack bar is a concession stand that operates from noon to 5 p.m. daily; accepting cash only. Summer 2020: The beach is very large, so it is easy to maintain distance from others. No life guards on duty this season. Entrance fee is $25 for a vehicle, but $10 for bicycles. Map.