Nauset Light Beach

Nauset Light Beach showing a lighthouse as well as a small group of people
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Feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean from this mile-long sandy beach, backed by one of Cape Cod’s historic 19th-century lighthouses.

On a sunny summer day, visit Nauset Light Beach to find a thoroughly social place, as Provincetown vacationers and daytrippers from Boston descend on the 1-mile-long (1.6-kilometer) beach.

Located on the Outer Cape, with surfing and dunes, Nauset Light Beach provides more than enough activities for a whole day’s fun. Even in winter, the Atlantic provides the setting for wetsuit-clad surfers to challenge the waves. Get the real experience on a hot day in July or August, when a dip in the water is the perfect relief from the warm summer sun.

Descend the wooden stairway from the parking lot to see the wide sweep of sand extending from the dunes down to the water. Set up your gear between the shade tents, umbrellas and coolers of other visitors, everyone united in the joyful freedom of a beach holiday. Bring a pair of binoculars to peer out to sea, where whales and seals occasionally frolic out of reach of people in the waves.

Run down to the water. Its waves make the spot ideal for surfing of all kinds. Bring a board or just body surf through the bracing water. Dry off with a walk to the Nauset Lighthouse, which stands just above the beach. Continue walking through the pitch pine forest to the Three Sisters Lighthouses. Before heading home, pause in the lookout area of the Nauset Light Beach parking lot to take a last gaze at the sea.

Nauset Light Beach is just north of Eastham, a 5-minute drive or 25-minute trolley bus ride from town. Travel here from Provincetown in 30 minutes by car or 45 minutes by bus. Drive from Boston in less than 2 hours during light traffic conditions. On-site parking is available, but extremely limited, especially on summer days. If you arrive after midmorning in the summer, park nearby and take the trolley bus that runs regularly between the Cape’s beaches. Parking fees are collected during the summer from morning to midafternoon.

Lifeguards are present from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check online for tour times at the Nauset Lighthouse.

Top Hotels Close to Nauset Light Beach

Nauset Beach Inn
Nauset Beach Inn
3 out of 5
237 Beach Road, Orleans, MA, 02653
The price is $120 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$120
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Orleans. Enjoy free parking, a beach locale, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (102 reviews)
"Amazing view with beautiful sun rises! Self check-in was easy. Clean and cozy room. Great location close to local restaurants. We visited P-Town and Chatham during our stay. Would recommend and will definitely visit again."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Nauset Beach Inn
Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
3 out of 5
3800 State Hwy, Eastham, MA, 02642
The price is $135 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
$135
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Eastham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (657 reviews)
"Good location. Room spacious. Awful doors, feels much too utilitarian, heater very loud and woke me up many times during the night. Very loud foul speaking children yelling in hallways late in evening. Workout room very warm to exercise, somewhat small. Need to update coffee maker and better yet ..."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
The Inn at the Oaks
The Inn at the Oaks
2.5 out of 5
3085 State Highway, Eastham, MA, 02642
The price is $174 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
$174
per night
Feb 13 - Feb 14
Stay at this B&B in Eastham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (293 reviews)
Wonderful Bed & Breakfast!!
"This was our first visit to Inn at the Oaks and were thrilled with our visit. We are long-time visitors to the Cape and are very pleased with this find. Friendliness, cleanliness, delicious breakfast, etc. are a priority! Beautiful historic home too!"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

The Inn at the Oaks
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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