Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is located off of Route 6 on Beach Road in Orleans MA, on the east side of the lower part of the cape. It is one of 3 public beaches in this town and part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. This 10 mile long expanse of beach faces out onto the Atlantic Ocean.
The water is fairly cool, as is the norm for Atlantic Ocean New England beaches. The waves here are strong and thus good for body surfing as well as boogie board surfing.
There are public restrooms here as well as a lifeguard on duty during the busy season.
A snack bar is located on this beach. There are also outdoor showers and restrooms open to the public.
Parking is charged daily although permits can be obtained from the Beach Administration Building during work hours, 7 days a week in the summer. Permits are available by the week or on a seasonal basis. Different permits are available for residents of Orleans. Although the parking lot is large, it fills up early during the summer so it is advisable to arrive in the morning. There is always room at this long beach for those willing to walk.
From the parking lot, a boardwalk leads to the north end of the beach. Just to the north from the beach entrance is a small enclosed area to protect nesting birds.
Almost a mile north of the beach entrance is Nauset Harbor and the end of the beach. From here the Nauset lighthouse is visible in the distance.
The long stretch of beach is backed by sand dunes. Beachcombers may find small shell fragments or occasionally large shells washed up in these waters.
Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has accommodations located conveniently close to the beach at just a few hundred yards distance.
At Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it is not unusual to occasionally site seals in the distance though rarely on the beach itself. Sharks area occasionally sited in the waters off of this beach as well.
Approximately 1.2 million people visit this beach every year.
The nearest airport from this beach is twenty five minutes by car at Hyannis Port.
Four wheel dune driving is allowed on this beach. Drivers must check in by showing their permit at a shack in the parking lot. From the parking lot a sand covered road leads vehicles down one of the dunes onto the beach. Driving southward there is a series of shacks and marsh area. Turn offs to the left lead onto the beach. Vehicles with campers are allowed to stay the night. Permits for beach driving can be obtained at the beach between May and October and at the Police Station in the other months of the year.