All beaches require parking stickers or a day pass. Eastham Bay and Pond Beaches require different stickers than the National Seashore Beaches.
Town of Eastham Beach Stickers can be obtained at the Department of Public Works Building on 555 Old Orchard Road. Town of Eastham Day Passes are only available at the following beaches: Campground, Cooks Brook, First Encounter and Wiley Park.
Cape Cod National Seashore manages Eastham’s two Ocean Beaches, Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach. Both are perennial favorites on several lists of the beach superlatives.
Eastham’s beaches on Cape Cod Bay are beautiful, calm and warm, perfect family and walking beaches. At low tide, the tide goes out seemingly forever. It is a paradise for children, with small pools of water that create opportunities for sandcastle building, splashing, exploring, and making friends of strangers immediately.
Coast Guard Beach is one of the best beaches in the United States, and has been chosen by National Geographic as the “Best Family Beach in the US”. Dr. Beach consistently lists it as one of the “Top 10” beaches in the US. It is reached by a shuttle from the Little Creek parking lot on Doane Road.
Nauset Light Beach is named for the iconic lighthouse that overlooks the area. This beach is reached by a pathway from the parking lot, and it is now handicapped accessable.
Fresh Water Beaches
There are two fresh water ponds for swimming in Eastham: Great Pond, with full facilities at Wiley Park, and Herring Pond. Wiley Park has all amenities including lifeguards. Day passes are available at both locations.
The Outer Cape is one of the few places in the United States where you can watch the sun melts right into the Atlantic. All of our beaches provide the perfect setting to picnic and view spectacular sunsets. This should be a ‘must do’ on your itinerary for residents and visitors alike.