Eugenia Fortes Beach

41.632177, -70.300138
40 Iyanough Road
Barnstable/Hyannis Port, MA 02601
Barnstable County

Eugenia Fortes Beach or “East Beach” is a mid-Cape beach located on Nantucket Sound. Renamed from East Beach in 2004, Eugenia Fortes was at segregated East Beach in 1945 when a police officer asked her to leave. After she refused to leave, a group attempted to purchase and privatize the beach the following year; but Fortes stepped forward during the town hall meeting and discouraged the idea; explaining the discrimination she faced This beach is a popular spot for launching small vessels with storage. Sand is soft but has built up seaweed and shells with large concentration at the water’s edge where the slope is gradual. The water has a fair amount of seaweed, and waves are mostly small although the weather and boat traffic can create mid-sized waves.

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Hours Of Operation

9am to 9pm

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Resident beach stickers are required to park year round. Stickers are on sale May 1 and are available at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center at 141 Basset Lane, Hyannis. (508) 790-6345 x110
Resident Recreation Parking Permit, $40
Handicap Individual Parking Permit, $15
Landlord Transferable Parking Permit, $300
Beach Sticker Information 

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Life Guard

On-duty daily 9am to 5pm starting mid-June and ending Labor Day, if available

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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 of driving.

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Not allowed May 15-September 15

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Picnic Area


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Restrooms / Showers


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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Allowed, wind surfing not allowed, heavy boat traffic

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Walking Trails


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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 2002 to the current year. Eugenia Fortes Beach Water Quality

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

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