Beaches & Swimming
Provincetown is surrounded on three sides by water and is home to some of the best beaches in the country, most of which are accessible by bike trails. These include the well-known harbor beaches and the ocean beaches at Race Point.
Herring Cove Beach
At Herring Cove Beach, which is one mile from town, there is beautiful sand, gentle surf for swimming, opportunities for spotting whales in the distance, ample facilities, and great sunsets. Dune hiking
and picnicking are a favorite pastime of locals and visitors, and while it’s an
adventurous activity, the incredible vistas are worth the efforts. Bonfires are allowed with a permit. Perhaps the best and cheapest way to end
the day in Provincetown is to catch a breathtaking sunset at Herring Cove Beach for free.
Race Point Beach
Two miles from town, Race Point Beach is great for families for its
Atlantic Ocean surf, facilities, and lifeguard station. Race Point is a local beach favorite. It’s literally at the end of Cape Cod, has a lighthouse, and offers splendid beaches for sunning, swimming, and picnicking.
Race Point Beach can be accessed by walking across the West End Breakwater near the Provincetown Inn or by a shuttle boat that runs regularly during the season both from MacMillan Pier
and Flyer’s Boatyard
in the West End.