Cape Cod Family Beach Vacations are extremely popular this time of year. Warm days and cool nights make beach trips just about perfect – especially if you throw in a good clam bake or two.
Perhaps the most difficult part of any summer Cape Cod vacation is choose which beach to hit. Pick a town, any time, and there are dozens of beaches to suit your family’s needs. All of us at Bayside Resort Hotel, however, a pretty partial to the beaches in Yarmouth – where you’ll get sand, surf, and relaxation.
Here’s a complete list of Cape Cod Beaches in Yarmouth and what you need to know before you get them:
Yarmouth—Dennis Pond and South Middle Beach
Two beaches in Yarmouth—Dennis Pond and South Middle Beach—require a resident parking sticker. Nonresidents can obtain a sticker for $40 a week or $125 a season. Stickers are available at the Town Hall on Route 28.
Sea Gull Beach
Off Sea Gull Road, which is off South Sea Avenue in West Yarmouth, is where you’ll find Sea Gull Beach. Offering plenty of parking spaces, this is Yarmouth’s largest and most popular beach, especially with high school and college students. There is a daily parking fee at Sea Gull Beach is $10.
Bay View Beach
Bay View Beach has lifeguards on duty, bathroom facilities, and free parking. Colonial Acres Beach at Lewis Bay is at the end of Standish Way in West Yarmouth has portable toilets and a new bridge out to the beach.
Englewood Beach, also in West Yarmouth on Lewis Bay, is at the end of Berry Avenue. Englewood has a small, free parking lot, restroom facilities, and lifeguards.
Sea View Beach
On the east side of the mouth of Parkers River is Sea View Beach off South Shore Road in South Yarmouth. This southside beach is protected by lifeguards, it has a picnic area and portable toilets. There is a $10 parking fee.
Parkers River Beach
To the east of Sea View Beach along the Cape’s southern shore is Parkers River Beach, which lies along the warm waters of Nantucket Sound. The beach has restroom facilities, a concession stand, outdoor showers, swings, good parking, and lifeguards. It costs $10 a day to park.
South Middle Beach
South Middle Beach on South Shore Drive in South Yarmouth is a residents-only beach offering a large parking lot and restroom facilities. Lifeguards keep an eye on the activities out on Nantucket Sound.
Smugglers Beach (also known as Bass River Beach) is a good family beach with a fishing pier, a large parking area, and a snack bar. This beach, located at the mouth of Bass River in South Yarmouth, also has lifeguards and bathroom facilities. The daily parking fee of $10 is required.
Wilbur Park and its beach area are about four miles up Bass River where Highbank Road bridge connects South Yarmouth with the village of South Dennis. Though there are no lifeguards or bathroom facilities, Wilbur Park has a picnic area and a boat ramp.
Bass Hole and Chapin Beach
The only beach on the north side is Bass Hole, also known as Gray’s Beach. It is at the end of Centre Street off Route 6A in Yarmouthport and is considered by many to be one of the great spots on the Cape to watch the sun going down. Bass Hole is at the mouth of Garden Creek and has a long boardwalk that extends over the salt marsh and offers an excellent view of coastal plant and marine life as well as nature’s beauty.
Across the river is Dennis’ Chapin Beach. Bass Hole Beach is rather small and, at low tide, has very little water, which makes it perfect for small children (just pay attention to the tidal current in the creek). Bass Hole Beach has a large picnic area complete with a pavilion and bathroom facilities. You’ll also find some free parking, and there are lifeguards on duty.
Sandy Pond, Long Pond
In addition to its wealth of saltwater beaches, Yarmouth also has four public beaches at freshwater ponds. Sandy Pond off Buck Island Road in West Yarmouth offers not only a beach for swimming but also playing fields for softball, basketball and soccer, tennis courts, and a playground. The beach has lifeguards on duty and a comfort station.
Long Pond is off Indian Memorial Drive in South Yarmouth. Lifeguards are on duty and portable toilets are available. The beach also has a playground on site and free parking. An Indian burial ground is nearby.
Yarmouthport – Dennis Pond
Dennis Pond off Summer Street in Yarmouthport requires a town beach parking sticker. You’ll find lifeguards and toilet facilities at this pretty pond located just a stroll from Yarmouthport village.
Escape to the Best Hotels on Cape Cod
Bayside Resort Hotel has been voted one of the Best Hotels on Cape Cod year after year- and it’s just a short distance to many of these wonderful, family-friend Yarmouth Beaches.
Where will you stay this summer?