Nauset Beach

(508) 240-3780
41.786897, -69.936539
250 Beach Road
  Orleans, MA 02653
Barnstable County

Nauset Beach is picturesque and the home of Cape Cod’s first shipwreck, the Ketch Sparrowhawk on December 17, 1626. The walk to the beach from the parking lot can be challenging with the trek through the sand, although handicap beach chairs are available. This expansive beach has clean white sand that covers close to 10 miles. The grade to the water is gradual with large waves and strong undertows; sharks and seals are seen annually. Pebbles at the shore line may require water shoes in some areas; the water at Nauset Beach is not as warm as other Cape beaches. Seaweed and shells are on the beach although not in large amounts.  A beach camera is available to check out the crowds and surf. Nauset Beach also hosts a free summer concert series.

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Hours Of Operation

7am to midnight

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900 car parking lot that can fill up fast on sunny, warm days
Fees for parking start on weekends, late May; daily, mid June. Mid-September, last days for parking fees.
Daily fee, $20 available at front gate
Week pass, $75 per week (7 days from date of purchase)
Season pass, $220 per season
Week and season passes can be purchased at the Nauset Administration Building, 220 Beach Road, 9am-3:30pm, cash or check only.
Parking fees are not collected after 4:30pm.

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Life Guard

On-duty daily

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Not Allowed

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

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

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No pets allowed April 1st to Labor Day.

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Picnic Area

Tables available near food vendor

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Public Transportation

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms, showers, and changing rooms

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

May be permitted in designated areas; refer to a lifeguard for more information.

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Walking Trails

Walking and off road vehicle trails Trail Information

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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. Nauset Beach Water Quality

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

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