Race Point Beach

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Provincetown which includes a sunset

Linger on Provincetown’s beautiful northern beach for a day for surfing on dramatic seas, sunbathing on quiet sands and even doing a bit of maritime sightseeing.

Race Point Beach is one of the most spectacular, yet least visited beaches in the Cape Cod region. The great American writer Henry David Thoreau wrote eloquently about the beauty of this place. It is easy to understand how the quiet spot captured his imagination. Head to the northern tip of the peninsula’s curve, facing away from the bay, to find golden sand, surf-friendly breakers and historical sights, all without the crowds that flock to the beaches of the bay.

Before swimming and sunbathing, take a moment to appreciate the history of the region. Explore the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum, housed in a building from the late 19th century, to learn about the members of the Coastguard who worked here.

Walk around the curve of the beach to reach Race Point Lighthouse, a historic structure marking the entrance to Cape Cod Bay. It was built in 1816. Join one of the twice-weekly public tours around the tower to see the old lamp room and enjoy views of the beach and surrounding region.

Find a space on the vast expanse of sand for sunbathing or wildlife spotting. Sit on the shore and watch the waters for right whales, an endangered species that can often be seen around Cape Cod. Come to Race Point in spring for the best chance of spotting these majestic creatures. A more common, year-round sight is the head of a friendly seal bobbing in the water.

Bring your surfboard to Race Point to ride the waves of the peninsula’s wilder northern shores. For something more tranquil, fish for striped bass from the water’s edge or watch the skies for the piping plover, a protected local bird species.

Race Point Beach is located next to the Provincetown Municipal Airport, which has daily flights to and from Boston. Drive to the beach in 5 minutes from the Province Lands Visitor Center or in 10 minutes from the center of Provincetown and make use of the metered parking here.

Top Hotels Close to Race Point 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 2 to Dec 2
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
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! (970 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
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 $169 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 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
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Best Lodging Options Near Race Point Beach

Sandcastle Resort and Club
Sandcastle Resort and Club
3 out of 5
929 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $79 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Sandcastle Resort and Club
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
The Waterford Inn
The Waterford Inn
3.5 out of 5
386 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $159 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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 $169 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa - Adults Only
Surfside Hotel and Suites
Surfside Hotel and Suites
2.5 out of 5
543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Surfside Hotel and Suites
Pilgrim House
Pilgrim House
3.5 out of 5
336 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $119 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Pilgrim House
Cape Colony Inn
Cape Colony Inn
2.5 out of 5
280 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA
Cape Colony Inn
Lotus Guest House
Lotus Guest House
2.5 out of 5
296 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $80 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Lotus Guest House
Four-Level Home w/ Great Patio, Deck, WiFi & Washer/Dryer - Near Downtown
Four-Level Home w/ Great Patio, Deck, WiFi & Washer/Dryer - Near Downtown
Provincetown, MA
Four-Level Home w/ Great Patio, Deck, WiFi & Washer/Dryer - Near Downtown
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.