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Address: Nauset & Doane Rds, Eastham, MA
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Activities: Swimming
Description: A great beach to hike, relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Cape...
A great beach to hike, relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
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Easy parking, quick trolley, bathrooms fine, lifeguards and plenty of beach (even a sandbar with seals)

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Northville, Michigan
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Albany, New York
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We had a fire permit for this beach...which is a fun experience. The fire that we had at Marconi was far better though. Coast guard is ok, but very buggy. Can park in lot at night, but you need a shuttle during the day. That's a hassle considering the beautiful beaches around it.

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Easy parking, quick trolley, bathrooms fine, lifeguards and plenty of beach (even a sandbar with seals)

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Chicagoland, Illinois
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Cape Cod’s seal problem is now Coast Guard Beach’s problem. The haul-out with a couple hundred gray seals doing their business just meters from shore is a jaw-dropping sight when seen unexpectedly. A shark split open a seal one evening during our week -- blood all over the water. CGB has been closed a few times for similar incidents since... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great for swimming -- much less rocky than the other beaches (Nauset Light). It gets packed though, so get out there early. There are bathrooms and showers nearby. No parking, but there's a park and ride lot nearby, with a shuttle that takes you to the beach. Or, you can bike!

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Went here in the afternoon, paid $20 to park about a mile from the beach and took the shuttle. Shuttle is the only way to access the beach. Some people park for free about 2-3 miles from the beach and pedal their way in (not a bad idea). The beach is spectacular with constant sighting of seals in the water... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is rated to be one is the best beaches in the U.S., and although I've hardly visited enough to agree or disagree, it is one of our favorites. Small breaking waves perfect for body surfing, boogie boarding and jumping around; sea lions bobbing near by (they stay away); a parking lot reached by shuttle; life guards who care; warm... More 

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Honeoye Falls, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Surf was excellent for body boarding! Strong surf and undertow -- needed to be extra vigilant with the kids, but they had a blast riding the waves. We saw dozens of seals swimming in the water. The only down side is that parking is 1/2 mile away. A tram takes you from the parking lot; running back and forth to... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Coast Guard Beach is my go to beach on the Cape. This is a lovely beach that has plenty of parking and a tram to take you to the beach. There is a blue mat that makes it easier to walk. If you have any physical disability this is probably the go to beach. There are a couple of beach... More 

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited Coast Guard Beach last week and enjoyed the views, waves and sun. The water was cold, but refreshing. The surf was very harsh and rocky, not a place for small children to be playing. We drove to the beach and needed to take the shuttle ride over - it was seamless and you can load the big things,... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

As with all of the Atlantic seashore/National seashore, the waves are strong and rough, but the views can't be beat and you should definitely visit!

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