Travel in New England: Cape Cod Beach Hopping

We are lucky enough to live less than an hour from my favorite place on earth, Cape Cod. For those of you less familiar with the Cape, it is the arm that juts out of Massachusetts into the Atlantic Ocean. What this means is that every Cape Cod beach is one of the most beautiful and diverse beaches around.

Map of Cape Cod beach

So on a beautiful New England summer weekend, there is no better traveling to be done than to beach hop through the Cape.

Like with any trip to the Cape, we have to make sure to get some time in at Provincetown (Ptown to New Englanders). We didn’t get time on Race Point or Herring Cove beaches this trip, but we have spent many long, beautiful, lazy days at both.

Early morning on McMillan Wharf

Early morning on McMillan Wharf

5:00 am on Commercial Street is almost as peaceful and beautiful as the beach.

5:00 am on Commercial Street is almost as peaceful and beautiful as the beach.

Relaxing with a cool beverage at the Aqua Bar in Provincetown

Relaxing with a cool beverage at the Aqua Bar after a long day on the beach is a must!

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Strolling through the East End Galleries is a great way to wind down the day!

Now for the beach hopping. First up, Nauset Beach. Nauset and Nauset Light are up there amongst our favorite beaches on the Cape. There are waves, and not many rocks. Plus, the Cape scenery….

Nauset Beach from on top of the dunes.

Nauset Beach from on top of the dunes.

Our next stop on this trip was Coast Guard Beach. The baby soft sand on Coast Guard is by far our favorite sand of the Cape beaches. The only thing that keeps us from visiting more frequently is that the parking lot is far away in the busy season, and requires taking a shuttle to the beach (or a really long hike).

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

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Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

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Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA

By this point, some refueling was in order, and what else do you eat on day like this but Fish & Chips. The iffy service at the Friendly Fisherman was totally worth working through in order to enjoy one of the best fish & chips that I have had in some time.

Fish & Chips from the Friendly Fisherman in Eastham, MA

Fish & Chips from the Friendly Fisherman in Eastham, MA

And on to our final and most unexpected experience of the trip, First Encounter Beach. For many years, we heard folk-lore about this being the pathway to a nudist beach, and for some reason that kept us from visiting. But on this beach hopping trip we were no holds barred, and took the turn to this bay-side beach.

First encounter beach at low tide

Wonder how far and to what towns we can walk to at low tide.

First encounter beach at low tide

I am literally walking on the ocean’s floor.

First encounter beach at low tide.

First encounter beach at low tide.

Getting to First Encounter at low tide was Mother Nature’s final amazing gift to us for this weekend. It literally felt like we could walk miles on the ocean floor. Next time we visit, we will be ready with our tidal charts, refreshments and chairs!

What are your favorite Cape beaches?

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