First Encounter Beach
First Encounter Beach
4.5
Historic Sites • Beaches
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Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
This beach in Cape Cod Bay offers two fantastic experiences, depending on the tide. At low tide, walk on the sandbar and spot crabs, clams, and tiny fish. Kids will love playing in the tidal pools. At high tide, lounge on the shore and go for a swim in the calm waters. High tide is typically when the whole area gets busier. Look out toward the Herring River estuary, and don’t miss the stunning sunset on the beach. Make sure you pack some snacks, as a portable toilet is the only public facility in the area. – Tripadvisor
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Sharon C
Rome, Italy30 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Wonderful beach to see changing landscape with changing tides. Beautiful sunset. Can park right at the beach. Great for handicapped. Dog friendly in May. Not sure about high season.
Written May 13, 2023
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hayleypl
Virginia Beach, VA166 contributions
Oct 2022
Great place for sunset! We were there in October, so I'm not sure how busy it is in the summer, but there was ample parking in the lot. Great spot for kids too with the tidal pools! Be sure to look up the history too - makes it even cooler!
Written October 12, 2022
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TerryFitzy
Maplewood, NJ12 contributions
Aug 2022
One of the most beatiful sunsets. When the tide is out you walk walk foreveer and enjoy the crabs, "puddles" , etc.
Written August 28, 2022
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MrsSyrenka
Yonkers, NY16 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Best beach in Eastham to watch the most beautiful sunsets and relax in the evening. Great for adults and fun for children.
Written August 16, 2022
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Barbara G
Newton, MA25 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We were there for an extreme low tide (due to approaching full moon) around 4 pm. We could’ve been on the moon - expansive beauty was breathtaking.
Written August 9, 2022
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Denyse D
Denmark, ME3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
such a beautiful clean beach,
I found a lot of cool shells … water cold as usual we saw the sunset there , it was incredible so vibrant and with the waves crashing was perfect
Written July 20, 2022
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dorlucie
New York City, NY192 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
A happening place at sunset. Thus appears to be a very popular place for both locals and visitors to watch the sun setting.
Written October 13, 2021
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Cynthia S
Danbury, United States8 contributions
Sep 2021
Great beach, level with parking lot, lots of fun at low tide and high tide! Great for families. Highly recommend!
Written October 3, 2021
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Rick M
Oneonta, NY740 contributions
Sep 2021
The sunsets from this beach are beyond comparison - the setting is just spectacular, so bring lawn chairs, maybe a jacket and enjoy!
Written September 21, 2021
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Philip T
8 contributions
Aug 2021
At low tide, the beach stretches on forever. Lots of pools of tiny fish and snails. I'll bet I'm not the first one here to mention sunsets? Fantastic.
Written August 23, 2021
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First Encounter Beach (Eastham) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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