Beaches

Town of Orleans Parks & Beaches Department
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Saltwater Beaches

Nauset Beach, rated as the 5th best attraction on Trip Advisor!

Here’s an excerpt from National Geographic Traveler about Nauset Beach:

Nauset is nearly perfect. It looks like a football field of sand, and then another, off into the distance. The sand itself is grainy, with enough heft for a preteen to produce world-class seashore architecture to last for generations, or at least until the waves roll in. Eiders alight, their heads white and chests puffed out, then take flight again with a brief rustle. Nauset gets crowded, but it’s a Saturday-afternoon-at-the-park kind of crowded, not Coney Island on Independence Day. There’s always room for touch football. Weekdays are better than weekends, late August or June better than July.

This very popular public beach, with miles of white sand, is located on the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer season the beach offers lifeguards, restrooms, outdoor showers, changing rooms, bike racks, benches, picnic tables, and beach equipment rentals. The snack bar is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day. There are trails for inspected and permitted oversand vehicles. On Monday and Thursday nights, during July and Monday nights in August enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Gazebo at Nauset Beach.

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Beach Statistics

Saltwater: Yes
Seasonal: Yes
Public: Yes
Lifeguards: Yes
Food: Yes
Showers: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Boardwalk: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Handicap Chairs: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Daily Parking Fee: $20

Non-Residents: All Towns
Seasonal Parking Fee: $220
Weekly Parking fee: $75 (one week)
Parking fees are in effect Memorial Day to Sept. 18th.
Parking fees are not required after 4:30 pm.

Nauset Beach Great White Shark Public Safety

From the Atlantic White Shark ConservancyRecently, Cape Cod’s white sharks and grey seals have gained local and national attention. Both species existed long before Cape Cod was settled or became a popular destination, and in recent years their numbers have increased. Sharks have existed for more than 400 million years. As top predators, sharks are critical for maintaining a healthy and balanced marine ecosystem.

The inshore waters off many Cape Cod and South Shore beaches are preferred feeding grounds for white sharks. They come to these areas to feed on seals. While white shark encounters with humans are rare, they can happen.

SAFETY TIPS
Do not swim near seals
Swim close to shore in waist deep water
Avoid swimming at dawn and dusk
Swim and surf in groups
Download the Sharktivity App to receive alerts and report sightings

How You Can Improve Safety And Protect Wildlife
Learn more about AWSC’s Sharktivity App

Skaket Beach

A public beach on Cape Cod Bay has warm clear waters and is ideal for families who prefer calm water, perfect for children to play in the tidal pools. At low tide, you can walk for miles on the flats. The sunsets at Skaket Beach are legendary! Skaket Beach offers restrooms, bike racks, lifeguards, outside showers, benches, picnic tables, a snack bar and is handicap accessible.

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Beach Statistics

Saltwater: Yes
Seasonal: Yes
Lifeguards: Yes
Food: Yes
Showers: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Boardwalk: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Handicap Chairs: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Daily Parking Fee: $20

Non-Residents: All Towns
Seasonal Parking Fee: $220
Weekly Parking fee: $75 (one week)
Parking fees are in effect Memorial Day to Sept. 18th.
Parking fees are not required after 4:30 pm.

Skaket and Nasuet Beach Webcams
Nauset Beach Reviews
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South Orleans Beach on Pleasant Bay

South Orleans Beach is a best kept secret in Orleans. With scenic views of the bay islands, and the Orleans and Chatham shoreline. South Orleans Beach is a ocean barrier beach with warm water and sail boarding. South Orleans Beach has no fees, lifeguards or facilities and limited parking.

Beach Statistics

Saltwater: Yes
Public: Yes

Parking

Resident Parking Fee: Free
Daily Parking Fee: $20

Non-Residents: All Towns
Seasonal Parking Fee: $220
Weekly Parking fee: $75 (one week)
Parking fees are in effect Memorial Day to Sept. 18th.
Parking fees are not required after 4:30 pm.

Freshwater Beaches

Pilgrim Lake

A favorite freshwater, swimming pond in Orleans on Herringbrook Road. The Pond offers handicapped accessibility, restrooms, benches, and picnic tables. Pilgrim Lake has a 70 car parking lot, there are no parking fees, no lifeguards, restrooms or handicapped accessibility. Inflatables are allowed. Fresh water fishing and no internal combustion engines are allowed.

Beach Statistics

Freshwater: Yes
Seasonal: Yes
Public: No
Lifeguards: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Boardwalk: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Swimming Lessons: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Seasonal Parking Fee: Free

Crystal Lake

On the Monument Road side is a clear swimming lake with an 8 car parking lot and handicap ramp. There are no fees, lifeguards or facilities. Crystal Lake on the Route 28 side offers fishing with a state-stocked pond (fishing permit is required), launching ramp for canoes, row boats, there are no internal combustion engines allowed.

Beach Statistics

Freshwater: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes

Parking

Handicap Parking: Yes
Resident Parking Fee: Free
Seasonal Parking Fee: Free

Bakers Pond

On Bakers Pond Road off Rte 6A offers fishing with a state-stocked pond (fishing permit is required).  No combustion engines are allowed. There are no lifeguards or facilities and very limited parking is available.