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Herring Cove Beach

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.


Best Lodging Options Near Herring Cove Beach

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The Provincetown Inn
The Provincetown Inn

The Provincetown Inn

1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pilgrims' First Landing Park and Town Beach. Herring Cove Beach and Boys Beach are also within 15 minutes.

    Harbor Hotel Provincetown $119
    Harbor Hotel Provincetown

    Harbor Hotel Provincetown

    698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Beaches and Provincetown Theater. Race Point Beach and Ryder Street Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      AWOL $199
      AWOL

      AWOL

      59 Provincelands Road, Provincetown, MA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pilgrims' First Landing Park, Town Beach, and Herring Cove Beach. Boys Beach and Long Point are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Iconic West End - 2 Br Home
        Iconic West End - 2 Br Home

        Iconic West End - 2 Br Home

        15 Creek Round Hill Rd., Provincetown, MA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Provincetown, this golf vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Herring Cove Beach and Boys Beach. Pilgrims' First Landing Park and Town Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Masthead Resort $100
          The Masthead Resort

          The Masthead Resort

          31-41 Commercial Street, P O Box 577, Provincetown, MA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art House and Herring Cove Beach. Long Point and MacMillian Wharf are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Foxberry Inn $152
            The Foxberry Inn

            The Foxberry Inn

            29 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Herring Cove Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pilgrim Monument and Long Point Lighthouse. Old Harbor Life Saving Museum and Race Point Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Privacy and Luxury on 9 Acres Overlooking Ponds & Ocean
              Privacy and Luxury on 9 Acres Overlooking Ponds & Ocean

              Privacy and Luxury on 9 Acres Overlooking Ponds & Ocean

              Provincetown, MA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Town Beach, Pilgrims' First Landing Park, and Art House. Meetinghouse Theatre and Concert Hall and Ryder Street Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                13creekr 4 Bedroom Home
                13creekr 4 Bedroom Home

                13creekr 4 Bedroom Home

                13 Creek Round Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Provincetown, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Herring Cove Beach, Boys Beach, and Pilgrims' First Landing Park. Town Beach and Art House are also within 1 mi (2 km).