Cockle Cove Beach

(508) 945-5158
41.672800, -70.011475
Cockle Cove Road
 South Chatham, MA 02659
Barnstable County

Cockle Cove Beach is mid-sized beach located near neighboring Ridgevale Beach. The slope to the water is gradual with wave size varying from small to mid-sized with warmer water for the New England area. Seaweed and shells leave a reminder of past high-tides; at the water’s edge pebbles and shells accumulate. Beach space can be limited near the entrance to the beach during high-tide.

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Hours Of Operation

One hour before sunrise to 10pm

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Beach Sticker needed to park. Non-resident passes are available at the beach for:
$20 daily; $75 weekly; or $175 seasonal
Resident beach stickers can be purchased at the Sticker (permit) Office:
261 George Ryder Road, rear of building, lower level  $25 first sticker, $20 second sticker
Beach sticker application

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Life Guard

On duty 9am-4:30pm June 23 to September 4th

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Not Allowed

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Carry in/carry out beach with food vendors available within 5 minutes driving

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Motels/hotels and rentals are available within 5 minutes driving.

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No pets allowed May 1st to September 15th with the exception of seeing eye dogs.

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Picnic Area


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Public Transportation

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Restrooms / Showers


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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

“No person shall use rafts, rubber tubes, any floatation device, or scuba gear as swimming accessories in a designated swim area, except for rescue and U.S. Coast Guard approved type floatation Life Jackets.” If operating boats, wind surfers, water skis, or similar may not be conducted within 150 feet of swim areas.

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Walking Trails

Trails through dunes lead to Ridgevale Beach.

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to the current year. Cockle Cove Water Quality

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Water Temperature
Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

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