Herring Cove Beach

(508) 487-1256
42.045892, -70.218193
Province Lands Road
  Provincetown, MA 02657
Barnstable County

Herring Cove Beach is the most popular beach in Provincetown and considered one of America’s best beaches. Managed by the Cape Cod National Seashore, this beach offers traditional amenities such as bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, and a food vendor. The two parking areas offer two different beach experiences, convenience to the beach or to the amenities. The soft sand has a light mix of dried seaweed from high-tides, and the slope to the water is gradual. Some rocky areas are in the parking area next to the beach. Water tends to be calm and handicap beach chairs are available. Summer concerts are held here in July and August.

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Hours Of Operation

6am to midnight

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Cape Cod National Seashore beach entrance fees are collected from late June through early September when lifeguards are on duty, and on weekends/holidays from Memorial Day to the end of September.
Daily vehicle - $20
Motorcycles - $10
Pedestrians, bicyclists - $3
Cape Cod National Seashore annual pass - $60
There is no entrance fee for active duty military and their dependents with proper ID, nor for any children under the age of 16.

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Life Guard

On-duty during summer months 9am-4pm near the restrooms and vendors

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Not Allowed

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Carry in/carry out beach with food vendors on-site

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

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Not allowed during summer months on lifeguard protected beaches

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Picnic Area


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Public Transportation


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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms, changing rooms, and showers are available.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Not allowed in areas where lifeguards are on duty

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Walking Trails

Trail Map

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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. Herring Cove Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

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

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