Herring Cove Beach

Herring Cove Beach featuring general coastal views
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Favorable swimming conditions, great natural sights and plenty of fun activities make this beach a firm favorite among visitors to Provincetown.

With warm waters, pleasant scenery and a wealth of amenities, Herring Cove Beach appeals to a wide demographic. Spend a few hours swimming or sunbathing on its shores and stay into the evening to witness its legendary sunset.

This beach is divided into two areas. On the right side of the beach when facing the water, families tend to claim a spot for the day to enjoy the sand and sea. Spend quality time playing in the surf or making sandcastles with the kids. The area to the left is typically frequented by the gay community and is clothing optional. It is just one of the many LGBT-friendly areas in Provincetown.

Arrive early to get a good spot on the beach as it can get very crowded during summer. Go for a swim while you are here. The waters are warmer and less volatile than other locations on Cape Cod, which makes this beach particularly suitable for swimmers. Seal and whale sightings have been reported here. Watch for these majestic creatures frolicking on the horizon. Use the bike trail that runs next to the beach and farther along the coast.

Stay at the beach until sunset and get a photograph to rival any postcard. The sun descends directly over the ocean here, creating a glowing image you will want to be reminded of frequently. Pack food and drinks and enjoy a picnic with romantic views. It’s easy to spend a full day here using the many convenient amenities nearby. The area has shower and bathroom facilities as well as shops where you can buy food.

Ride the seasonal Shuttle line to reach Herring Cove Beach in summer or bike or drive here during the off-season. If you plan to go by car, it is less than 10 minutes away from the center of Provincetown. Pay a fee to use the parking lot.

Top Hotels Close to Herring Cove Beach

The Masthead Resort
The Masthead Resort
2.5 out of 5
31-41 Commercial Street, P O Box 577, Provincetown, MA, 02657
The price is $144 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$144
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (391 reviews)
Cape classic
"Masthead is a classic Cape Cod experience. Amazing view and a very cozy unit."

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

The Masthead Resort
The Provincetown Inn
The Provincetown Inn
2 out of 5
1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Stay at this beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (811 reviews)
"Excellent stay. Location is off peak & we were upgraded to a suite room with a water facing balcony."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2022

The Provincetown Inn
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,004 reviews)
"We always enjoy staying here. We usually stay in the off-season, so can’t really speak to the amenities, but the pool area looks very nice. We usually travel with our dogs and love that this hotel is pet friendly and always quiet. The beach access across the street and proximity to PTown and our ..."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
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Pilgrim House
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3.5 out of 5
336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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The Provincetown Inn
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2 out of 5
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The Masthead Resort
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2.5 out of 5
31-41 Commercial Street, P O Box 577, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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Harbor Hotel Provincetown
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3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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The Foxberry Inn
The Foxberry Inn
3.5 out of 5
29 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel's
The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel's
3.5 out of 5
102 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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Awol
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3 out of 5
59 Provincelands Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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Seaglass Inn & Spa
Seaglass Inn & Spa
3 out of 5
105 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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Lotus Provincetown
Lotus Provincetown
2.5 out of 5
296 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
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