Herring Cove Beach

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Herring Cove Beach featuring general coastal views

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 Waterford Inn
The Waterford Inn
3.5 out of 5
386 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is steps from Town Beaches and Commercial Street. Pilgrim Monument is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (172 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay at the Waterford. Clean and quaint. Great private balcony. Great bedding And pillows."

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

The Waterford Inn
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
82 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $289 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in the heart of Provincetown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Art House and Commercial Street. Pilgrim Monument is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.
4.6/5 Wonderful! (497 reviews)
"The room was cozy, clean and nice. Check in process was quick and staff was very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Race Point Beach, MacMillan Pier, and Beech Forest. Herring Cove Beach and Truro Vineyards ...
3.7/5 Good! (976 reviews)
"Wonderful accommodations in a beautiful location overlooking the bay with beautiful sunrises every day! Staff were exceptional too!! Best of the best!!"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
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The Masthead Resort
The Masthead Resort
2.5 out of 5
31-41 Commercial Street, P O Box 577, Provincetown, MA
The price is $100 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
The Masthead Resort
The Waterford Inn
The Waterford Inn
3.5 out of 5
386 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
The Waterford Inn
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
82 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $289 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
The Foxberry Inn
The Foxberry Inn
3.5 out of 5
29 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA
The Foxberry Inn
Awol
Awol
3 out of 5
59 Provincelands Road, Provincetown, MA
Awol
Striking West End Home with Views, Solarium & Epic Rooftop Deck
Striking West End Home with Views, Solarium & Epic Rooftop Deck
Provincetown, MA
Striking West End Home with Views, Solarium & Epic Rooftop Deck
Provincetown Landmark w/ Large Deck & Gorgeous Water Views – Near Beach
Provincetown Landmark w/ Large Deck & Gorgeous Water Views – Near Beach
Provincetown, MA
Provincetown Landmark w/ Large Deck & Gorgeous Water Views – Near Beach
Seaglass Inn & Spa
Seaglass Inn & Spa
3 out of 5
105 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA
Seaglass Inn & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.