Pleasant Bay Beach

(508) 430-7552
41.713474, -69.995739
Orleans Road/End of Bay Road
 Harwich, MA 02645
Barnstable County

Pleasant Bay Beach is also known as “Jack Knife Harbor Beach” and is located on the Harwich-Chatham town line. Two access points to the beach are available (see “Parking” below). Each beach area is small although each has a gradual grade to the water and small waves which, is great for children. Be aware that there are strong currents in the deeper water. Each entrance to the beach at the water’s edge has thick bands of seaweed and shells. The side entrance has pebbles and debris scattered about and can make for uncomfortable footing.

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Hours Of Operation

6am-10pm

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Parking

Two parking areas to the beach are available. Each is located on RT-28 on Orleans Road; the first is at the Bay/Orleans Road intersection and provides limited roadside parking. The second is a short, steep drive down a side road less than a minute driving from the Bay Road intersection. This too has limited parking on a dirt surface.
 
Parking requires a sticker
Daily Pass, $20
Resident/Taxpayer Beach, $25
Seasonal Beach, $150
1 week Beach, $65
2 week Beach, $125
Beach stickers info: http://www.harwich-ma.gov/treasurertown-collector/pages/beach-stickers-transfer-station-access

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Life Guard

No lifeguard on-duty.

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Campfires

Not Allowed

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Food

Carry in/carry out beach with food vendors available within 5 minutes driving

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Lodging

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

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Pets

No dogs allowed

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Picnic Area

N/A

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Playground

N/A

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Restrooms / Showers

N/A

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Kayak and surfing are allowed

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Walking Trails

N/A

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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. Pleasant Bay Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature

http://ma.usharbors.com/harbor-guide/harwich-port/weather
Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

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