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Herring Cove Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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

Surfside Hotel and Suites
Surfside Hotel and Suites
2.5 out of 5
543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
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Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Town Beaches and Provincetown Theater. Provincetown Art Association and Museum and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (703 reviews)

"LOVE the Staff, place is on the water, room had all ya needed. Will stay there again for sure"…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Surfside Hotel and Suites
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 30 to Dec 31

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (340 reviews)

"Location location location , great spot for the beach"…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

The Masthead Resort
Prince Albert Provincetown
Prince Albert Provincetown
3.5 out of 5
164 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $94 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

Situated in Provincetown, this historic bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Art House and Meetinghouse Theatre and Concert Hall. Ryder Street Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (146 reviews)

"Nice place to stay , will stay here again . Great friendly staff ."…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2020

Prince Albert 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.

Reviews of Herring Cove Beach

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 15, 2019

Parking lot for sunset watching is gone. More bike and walking paths!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2019

Some construction going on now to prevent further beach errosion. Lots of new updates already in place.

5/5 - Excellent

Ria

Oct 3, 2018

It is easy to see sunsets from this part of the Cape.

5/5 - Excellent

K&N

Sep 26, 2018

Beautiful sunset!  Another place is Mayflower beach (Dennis area), which is ~10-15' from Escape Inn.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 5, 2018

Taxi out to Herring Cove Beach with a group of friends and bring some firewood for a beautiful, post-sunset bonfire.  BYOB (but no glass allowed on the beach0.

5/5 - Excellent

Kathy

Sep 5, 2018

The most amazing food at beach stand- Far Land Provisions

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Best Lodging Options Near Herring Cove Beach

Surfside Hotel and Suites
Surfside Hotel and Suites
2.5 out of 5
543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Surfside Hotel and Suites
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 30 to Dec 31
The Masthead Resort
Prince Albert Provincetown
Prince Albert Provincetown
3.5 out of 5
164 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $94 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
Prince Albert Provincetown
AWOL
AWOL
3 out of 5
59 Provincelands Road, Provincetown, MA
AWOL
Iconic West End - 2 Br Home
Iconic West End - 2 Br Home
3.5 out of 5
15 Creek Round Hill Rd., Provincetown, MA
Iconic West End - 2 Br Home
Anchor Inn Beach House
Anchor Inn Beach House
3.5 out of 5
175 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $199 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Anchor Inn Beach House
13creekr 4 Bedroom Home
13creekr 4 Bedroom Home
4 out of 5
13 Creek Round Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA
13creekr 4 Bedroom Home
The Foxberry Inn
The Foxberry Inn
3.5 out of 5
29 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA
The Foxberry Inn
Pilgrim House
Pilgrim House
3.5 out of 5
336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $129 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Pilgrim House
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