Nauset Beach, Orleans

Nauset Beach
 

At first glance, Nauset appears to be just another Cape Cod ocean beach. Surfers, boogie-boarders, visitors, residents, and families all coexist on the edge of the raw Atlantic. However, a few key differences make Nauset one of the most popular destinations on Cape Cod. It is one of the only beaches on the Outer Cape where you can drive off-road onto the Outer Beach, a barrier beach protecting a large salt marsh from the surf. Explore the inlet, walk to and from calm salt marsh waters and wave-rich open ocean, and explore small sand dunes in between the two.

Be sure to check the Nauset Beach tides before you visit, as this will largely influence how much water is in the salt marsh behind the beach, the caliber of the surf, and the exposure of sandbars. Though the landscape and shape of the beach may change, with Liam’s Clam Shack replaced by four different food trucks, Nauset Beach will always be a classic Cape Cod beach experience.

For a quick peek at what the beach looks like before you head out, or while you’re at home waiting patiently to come back to Cape Cod, check out the Nauset and Skaket beach cams. Whether you walk or drive, find your way north or south on the beach, spend sunrise or sunset, you’ll be sure to find a slice of white sand paradise for yourself and your family.

Know Before You Go
Parking
The parking lot at Nauset caters to Orleans residents, seasonal visitors and daily visitors, all priced accordingly. For current FAQ, pricing and parking information, the town of Orleans compiles an up-to-date page every year.
2018 pricing includes a seasonal pass for $220, daily parking at $20. Day passes are good at Nauset Beach and Skaket.
Oversand vehicle permit fees vary according to taxpayer/non-taxpayer status. Full information, requirements and regulations available here.

Food
Liam’s Clam Shack was lost due to large Nor’Easters in the Winter of 2018. The town has approved permitting for multiple food trucks. Four food trucks in total will keep Nauset beachgoers fed for the 2018 season: Ice Cream Cafe, CapeSide Kitchen, Cravings by Ardeo, and Street Eats of Orleans.
 
Restrooms
Seasonally operated bathrooms with outdoor showers and changing rooms.
 
General Rules and Regulations
Dog-friendly for those who are leashed.
Nauset Beach is an excellent surfing beach, follow instructions from lifeguards regarding prohibited areas.
Alcohol is prohibited.
Surfing allowed outside of protected (lifeguarded) beach.
Handicap accessible - parking, Mobi-mat leading down to the beach and Handicap beach chairs.
Lifeguards in high season - Late June to Labor Day.

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