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“Ptown's worst beach” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Herring Cove Beach

Herring Cove Beach
Provincetown, MA
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Activities: Swimming
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Owner description: Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Herring Cove is Provincetown's most popular beach.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Ptown's worst beach”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This beach is Ptown's worst -- very rocky, narrow, and almost no waves. Plus, you have to walk across a MARSH to get to the gay part. At high tide the marsh is underwater, and at low tide it's muddy. I don't understand why gays are so desperate to run the gauntlet just for a pseudo-nude beach. This is Ptown: there are pseudo-nude gays everywhere. Traipsing through a marsh to reach a poor quality beach is from the back-of-the-bus era. It's 2013. I'm not hiking through mud. Go to Race Point or Long Point for quality beaches. Skip this sad place.

Visited August 2013
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“Perfect spot at the tip of the Cape!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Such a quiet, idyllic spot...especially comfortable for the LGBT community if you head to the left (I think that's east, but in P'town who knows).

Visited July 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Stunning sunset”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We only had one day to explore the Cape Cod National Seashore. The guy at the Salt Pond Visitor Center suggested his own favourite one-day outings and we followed his advice. With our day-pass, we visited 3 beaches on our one day. He had suggested we end with Herring Cove Beach at sunset. Beside Herring Cove was Race Point beach but he said because of where Herring Cove was situated, we would be the last to see the sun set.

Turns out we were not the only ones there to see the sun set. There were no more swimmers in the water but small groups of people dotted the beach. There were even a few camp fires. It was obvious people were there to see the sun set as seats were turned towards where this beautiful orange ball of fire was touching the horizon. It was very peaceful and as the sun dipped below the horizon, the was soft applause from people on the beach, as if thanking Mother Nature for a great show. How nice when something so simple is treated with gratitude.

The sky continue to change colors after the sun went down. It was a short but gorgeous visit. The guy at the Visitor Center sure knew what he was talking about.

Visited July 2013
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London, Canada
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“Great beach and Dunes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Loved being able to bike to the area, walking through the salt flats and then climbing over the dunes. Great clean beach area, safe swimming.....

Visited August 2013
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Andover, New Jersey
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“A little narrower”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We almost stayed at Herring Cove Beach but changed out minds. Too crowded, too narrow, and too rocky. All the beaches along the National Seashore are spectacular, but this is one of the lesser ones. The nice thing is that you can pay for a day pass and head to any one of your choosing.

Visited August 2013
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