Kalmus Beach

(508) 790-9884
41.635083, -70.277916
670 Ocean Street
Barnstable/Hyannis, MA 02601
Barnstable County

Kalmus Beach offers large ocean and bay beach areas, each accessible from the parking area. Beach sand is coarse in both sections of beach with large amounts of crushed shells, pebbles, and dried seaweed. The entry to the water is easy with the mild decent to the water’s edge, although the ocean side of the beach can have a high accumulation of shells. Both beach areas have seaweed at the water’s edge and in the water, with the ocean side having heavier amounts from the tides. Kalmus Beach is considered one of the better windsurfing areas in the Cape region due to the off-shore breezes the ocean side of the beach receives. The bay beach has lake-like water with the exception of boat wakes.

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Hours Of Operation

9am to 9pm

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Resident and non-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 141 Basset Lane, Hyannis. (508) 790-6345 x110
Resident Recreation Parking Permit, $40
Daily Resident and Non-resident Pass, $20
Handicap Individual Parking Permit, $15
Visitor’s Weekly Parking Permit, $70
Visitor’s Seasonal Parking Permit, $250
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

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Not allowed

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Carry in/carry out beach with concessions stand available on-site

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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; must be leashes at all other times

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Picnic Area

Covered pavilion with tables near the concessions stand

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and showers available on-site 9am to 4:30pm.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

According to the Town of Barnstable Rules and Regulations, “Floatation devices are allowed in on-shore breezes only.”

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Walking Trails

Trail leading through dunes to Dunbar Point

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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. Kalmus Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

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

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