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Race Point Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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

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
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
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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 ...

3.7/5Good! (969 reviews)

"Very cute motel in Provincetown. Rooms/Windows to front face main road, parking area & great view of water. Rooms/windows on back side give a whole other world! Beautiful pol, courtyard, multiple lounging areas around fire pits. Absolutely STUNNING at night. There were sitting areas in front/side ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
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

Located in the heart of Provincetown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of MacMillan Pier and Pilgrim Monument. Provincetown Theater and Herring Cove Beach ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (309 reviews)
summer mid week getaway

"Very relaxing getaway. National Seashore beach close by as well as a beach a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Fun nightly entertainment. Shops and larger variety of restaurants just steps away from the front door. The restaurant at the hotel is an excellent choice too"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Pilgrim House
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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Best Lodging Options Near Race Point Beach

Surfside Hotel and Suites
Surfside Hotel and Suites
2.5 out of 5
543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
Surfside Hotel and Suites
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
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
Cape Colony Inn
Cape Colony Inn
2.5 out of 5
280 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA
Cape Colony Inn
Prince Albert Provincetown
Prince Albert Provincetown
3.5 out of 5
164 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $94 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
Prince Albert Provincetown
The Waterford Inn
The Waterford Inn
3.5 out of 5
386 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $139 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
The Waterford Inn
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
Lotus Guest House
Lotus Guest House
2.5 out of 5
296 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $100 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Lotus Guest House
Benchmark Inn
Benchmark Inn
4 out of 5
6 Dyer Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $114 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
Benchmark Inn
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