Race Point Beach

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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

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,005 reviews)
"We always enjoy staying here. We usually stay in the off-season, so can’t really speak to the amenities, but the pool area looks very nice. We usually travel with our dogs and love that this hotel is pet friendly and always quiet. The beach access across the street and proximity to PTown and our ..."

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The Provincetown Inn
The Provincetown Inn
2 out of 5
1 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Stay at this beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (812 reviews)
"Excellent stay. Location is off peak & we were upgraded to a suite room with a water facing balcony."

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The Provincetown Inn
Surfside Hotel and Suites
Surfside Hotel and Suites
2.5 out of 5
543 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
Stay at this beach hotel in Provincetown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (998 reviews)
"We love being right on the beach. Rooms are very nice. Can't beat the view. In season, the pool is great."

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