Nauset Light Beach

(508) 255-3421
41.858880, -69.952031
780 Ocean View Drive
  Eastham, MA 02642
Barnstable County

Nauset Light Beach is a scenic beach with towering, eroded dunes. The walk from the parking lot to the beach can be challenging with the large amount of stairs down to the beach. A trail from the parking area to the beach is also available but is a longer distance. The beach area is over a mile of unobstructed space with large waves and a strong undertow. The beach surface is extremely rocky in areas and may require beach shoes to navigate. Sparse seaweed and shells can be found on the beach; the grade to the water is gradual. A popular area for surfers and boogie boarders may not be the best area for kids or the elderly to swim. Seals are often seen swimming here.

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Hours Of Operation

6am to midnight

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The parking area on-site is closed mid-June to Labor Day to all but park staff and visitors who are disabled.  Parking is available at the Little Creek parking area (across from the Doane Area). Access to the beach is provided by shuttle bus which comes every 5-10 minutes.
Run by the National Park Service and not the town of Eastham, the parking fees are as follows:
Daily Vehicle - $20
Motorcycles - $10
Walk-Ins and Bicycles - $3
Cape Cod National Seashore Annual Pass - $60
There is no entrance fee for active duty military and their dependants with proper ID, nor for any children under the age of 16.
Resident annual passes - $45
Resident 62 annual passes -$10

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Life Guard

On duty late June to Labor Day

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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 June 15th to Labor Day; no pets on lifeguard protected beaches; you may walk leashed pets through these areas

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Picnic Area


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Public Transportation

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and showers are available.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Popular area for surfing and boogie boarding

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Walking Trails

Yes, entire loop is 4.5 miles eastham.htm

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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 Light Beach Water Quality

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

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