Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod

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Enjoy the pristine landscape and tranquil beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore, where you can observe the ocean from the lighthouse or the sandy dunes. Many visitors to the area come for the chance to see whales in their natural habitat, while groups of seals frolick just off shore most of the time. Ride along the well-kept bike paths, take a walk on many hiking trails along the seashore, or swim in the clear, calm water. The park complex contains an info booth with knowledgeable and friendly staff, a gift store, and an observation deck overlooking the sea. You can also pop into the old harbor museum for information on local history. Make Cape Cod National Seashore part of your personalized Wellfleet itinerary using our Wellfleet trip itinerary site .
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  • The entire area of Cape Cod is a marvel of beaches, picturesque villages, good food and opportunity to spot sea lions. Ideal for spending a few relaxing days.
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  • I'll start with parking: All shoulder and parked. There is a huge parking lot facing the beach where an hour like 20 bucks. Had to throw the machine on the far parking lot in the forest and at the local tram to reach the promised beach. Many cyclists. The beach itself: at the entrance sign: Beware of white sharks!) Beach beautiful-Yes. A lot of people. Such an unpleasant and unexpected effect as many-sided wind mode. Like a hairdryer, ice, but warm. Because of this really swim. Brave with the can of beer the American students came to the waist dip. Some met nose-to-nose with sea cat, which is not now in fear the crowds on the shore of the vynyrival periodically and immediately get on photo and recruitment of iPhones in the generally very picturesque places, something reminiscent of the Baltic States due to cold ocean and pine forests. I understand why this Cape a favorite place of all American Presidents. Weather in August is not pleased, it was hot but thunderstorms and downpours.
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  • I’ve been visiting cape cod for over 30 years, and the national seashore has given me such amazing memories over the years. Beautiful pristine beaches, great walking trails, informative visitor center...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful places on this continent. My family went surfing and had a blast. Wetsuits are recommended for early in summer. Incredible facilities including lifeguards, showers, parking, and a new boardwalk/staircase. Just download the Shark Alert app provided by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and keep your eyes peeled for large dark shapes in the water 😉!
  • Beautiful and breath taking and pretty. It was nice that there wasn't a single person there. I guess it was in the 30s when I went and very cold wind, I still enjoyed it
  • Views are great year in and year out. Can get a bit cold after dark or when the wind picks up. Super family friendly environment.
  • Between one of the best beaches and plenty of other activities around, this is my favorite beach on the Cape. Now I know the National Seashore is mainly for tourists, is colder than the bay, has more sharks, is more difficult to walk to, and has less lifeguards, but it's nearly abandoned for swimming and recreation. The views are great and the swimming is decent for the hardier people. The radio towers and history is pretty nifty and the dunes are wicked cool. The cedar swamp is a must see. Tip: If you just keep walking down the beach a bit, you'll find yourself completely away from people and by yourself on the coarse sand with a practically private beach. Pros: - Ample parking - Low parking fee (Free in some zones) - Cedar Swamp - Cool towers - Massive dunes - Empty beaches Cons: - Cold water and air temp - Sharks, man - Shallow water until a large drop off about twenty feet off the shore - Coarse sand
  • We like swimming on the sea side rather than the bay side of Cape Cod. The kids wish the waves were bigger and we wish the water was warmer, but you can't control Mother Nature, can you?

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