2020 Beach Operations Update as of 5/15

  • Nauset and Skaket Public Beaches will begin charging (week-ends only) on Saturday, May 23 and (full-time) beginning on June 20.
  • Lifeguards will not be staffed until the beaches are open full-time on June 20.
  • In order to provide adequate space for physical distancing, specific adaptive management protocols will be implemented based on the Governor’s most recent order.
  • At this time, Nauset and Skaket Public Beaches’ available parking spaces are likely to be reduced to provide adequate room on the beachfront so that beachgoers may practice physical distancing.
  • Food concession services will be managed similar to a restaurant takeout and grocery stores with cordoned off service lines and adequate spacing.
  • Restrooms will be open from 8am to 6pm beginning on May 23.
  • Because we are witnessing significant early-season demand on our beaches, it is possible that the “available parking spot reduction strategy” will be initiated on busy days prior to May 23.  In order for this beach season to be successful, it is crucial that all beachgoers follow the guidelines included in the Governor’s most recent order.
  • The Town of Orleans Department of Natural Resources is looking forward to a successful 2020 beach season. We ask for your patience and compliance during these challenging times.

Nauset Beach

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.

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.

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.

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.

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