Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown

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Dig your feet into the sand; wade in the calm, clear water; and look for whales and seals offshore at Herring Cove Beach. Purchase food, or bring your own snacks to eat at the picnic tables. The beach has convenient parking nearby, bathrooms and changing rooms, and easy access to nearby bike trails. Lifeguards are on duty, and some beachgoers bring their dogs along. To visit Herring Cove Beach and other attractions in Provincetown, use our Provincetown vacation planning website .
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  • So I loved the beach, went swimming here way back when in 2009 with then beau. Was dumped by the boyfriend and left stranded here. Well, not really, I took a boat back to Boston and a train back to Co...  more »
  • Very nice and clean beach. We visited in November and the water was somewhat warm - warm enough to dip our feet in. Sand is clean with some pebbles/seashells. The parking lot is convenient. The comfor...  more »
  • We sat on the beach and watched the sunset here after a day of shopping and eating in P'town. Its a spot we've watched sunsets from before. A great way to end a day trip to Provincetown. Don't miss it...  more »
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  • Great beach, with clear warm bay water, but in my opinion, doesnt portray the best of what Cape Cod beaches have to offer. Racepoint Beach is 5 minutes away, and is much more beautiful and dramatic, especially at sunset. If you're into nude sunbathing however, this is one of only 2 beaches on the Cape that have an unofficial nude bathing section. It is officially against national seashore policy, but I'm told that the beach rangers turn a blind eye to it here. If you keep walking to the left of beach (about 10 minutes past the family section), you reach the topless area, followed by the nude area. Whether you choose to wear clothes or not, its a beautiful, outer Cape beach that will offer much peace, solitude, reflection and relaxation.
  • Love this beach, sand dunes are constantly shifting giving it its always changing characteristic.
  • Nice beach but it has been severely impacted by erosion. It's now much smaller than it used to be. It's still s nice beach worth visiting. Occasionally, right whales can be seen just offshore feeding - usually in the spring.
  • Best sunsets of any Cape Cod National Seashore Beach. Great beach for dogs. Don't walk your dog too far though unless you want to stumble onto the clothing-optional beaches. ;-)
  • Van Rensselaer's of Wellfleet is a place we go for our first dinner of our vacation and the last dinner. It is clean, friendly and seems to be well run. The price point is nothing out of the ordinary for a vacation spot and the portions are big. You may think it old-fashioned, but I will take that over any new stuffy and snobby. I want to relax when I am on vacation. And of course you must have the Wellfleet oysters!

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Provincetown hosts dozens of bed and breakfasts and hotels, offering comfortable lodgings at all price points. Most of the town's quaint inns and guesthouses--located in restored century-old buildings within walking distance of most major attractions--provide spacious rooms loaded with high-tech features, plus complimentary hot breakfast. It may be extremely difficult to get a room at the height of Provincetown's tourist season, so shop for bargains and make your reservations several months before your trip.
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