Herring Cove Beach

Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown: Address, Herring Cove Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Herring Cove Beach
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Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Herring Cove is Provincetown's most popular beach.
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ClownC
Cambridge, MA13 contributions
We spend entire days at Herring Cove! Views of boats, ferries, and the occasional seal. A bit rocky at low tide. We stay near the entrance and bath house where the lifeguards perch, but the beach is very long in both directions, with plenty of parking. We hear that down the beach there is an area where women tend to gather, and farther down a men's area, all unofficial but well known. There is a direct access to the men's section from the road -- notice the plethora of bicycles parked next to a sand path that leads to the beach. The conveniences include indoor and outdoor showers (cool water only/bring your own soap), toilets, and changing cubicles. A local deli, Farland Provisions, has a snack bar at the beach, and the few offerings are very good. In fact, we often stop first at the in-town location to pick up a greater variety of lunch items. Wednesday evenings in summer there are lively musical acts performing on the deck near the snack bar. Parking (plenty of space) is $25 per car all day, but if you are over a certain age or disabled, ask at the kiosk about eligibility for a National Park Service pass, and then parking is free! Currently, the cost for seniors is $80 for a lifetime pass, and $0 for the permanently disabled, for all parks nationwide. There are other categories of low cost/no cost, so it's worth perusing the websites of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the NPS.
Written July 11, 2022
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Jessica O
Boston, MA448 contributions
As a respite from being cooped up at home, my husband and I took a ride and spent an early July afternoon having nude fun in the sun at Herring Cove Beach. As usual, we parked at the far left end of the parking lot and walked 10 minutes farther down the beach to an area just before the “no dogs” signs that span the beach from the dunes to the high water mark. There was no need to wear face masks since, with the tide low, there was plenty of room to walk without getting closer than 10 feet from anyone.

Groups of people were spread out at least 10 feet away from each other (typically more than that) all along the beach. Virtually everyone was an adult; I doubt that there were more than a handful of children on the entire beach. We chose a spot where there was no one within 100 feet on either side and stripped down. Everyone we passed was wearing a swimsuit, but there was no need. The beach has no life guards this year, and there were no park rangers to be seen beyond those collecting the $25 entrance fee for cars.

We sunbathed, swam, and walked farther towards the gay men’s section without a care in the world. We saw a few single men sunbathing nude between where we set up and the gay section.

Late in the afternoon, we fully enjoyed each other’s company. Neither our “neighbors” nor any of the people walking past us from the gay section back to the parking lot expressed disapproval of what they saw. It was a very pleasurable and fulfilling experience to satisfy our natural desires in such a tranquil and picturesque environment.

Walking back to our car, we passed a single woman sunbathing nude about 5 minutes from the parking lot. No one else was nude, so we eventually put on our swimsuits (the c-string swimsuits that we wore on St. Martin in February when we weren’t nude). We got some questions about where to buy such suits, but we didn’t linger, as we wanted to keep our distance from strangers.

We checked out the pavilion to see what the status was. The snack bar was not open, but the restrooms were open. The outdoor showers were working, but the indoor shower rooms were closed.

In front of the pavilion there are several signs about COVID-19 beach safety rules and the fact that there are no lifeguards, as well as warnings about danger from sharks in the water and from coyotes on land. We saw no instances of either animal.

It was good to be able to be topless in that area without fear of hassle. In fact, since there were very few people around when we were preparing to leave, we rinsed off nude under the outdoor showers.

In general, Herring Cove Beach in July 2020 seemed less crowded and even more laid-back than in past summers.
Written July 20, 2020
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Mike71553
Sharon, MA596 contributions
Friends
Beautiful beach with plenty of parking. Off season there is no charge to park
From here on a clear day you can see the Plymouth highlands area across Cape Cod bay. They say with binoculars you can see the tops of the Boston skyscrapers from here.
Written September 28, 2021
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HedwardsB
Columbia, SC44 contributions
Solo
I visited Herron Cove Beach on the Fourth of July, and it was crowded but I found a spot easily. There are smooth rocks as you enter the ocean rather and shells—comfortable to walk across rather than sharp. The water was clear and calm. Beautiful beach and water!
Written July 4, 2022
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jmgrier
Marlborough, MA111 contributions
Clean restrooms, water fountain.

It was too chilly for us to get in the water, but there were minimal waves so it would be great for kids to wade. Just watch for sharks, and if you are bringing a dog, check NPS for closures due to shorebird nesting.
Written June 14, 2021
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mcewanapcal
Tuxedo Park, NY10 contributions
Family
Herring cove is a must do when empty town. Sometimes you can see seals and I've been told often that you can see whales, which I have not been able to see as of yet. The sun sets are remarkable You can even go on a tour of the dunes where they bring you out and you have a sit down picnic that you bring yourself. That's a wonderful way to see herring cove. A must do!!
Written February 12, 2020
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Scott M
Cambridge MA506 contributions
We checked the National Seashore website to ensure Herring Cove would be open before we made the drive. It's open to a point – the snack bar seems to be closed and the inside showers are as well (outdoor ones are in operation), and there are no lifeguards. (There might be at Race Point?) That being said, the beach itself is open.

The parking lot was maybe 1/4 full when we arrived at about 10am. When we got onto the beach, there were a fair number of people who were making some effort to keep themselves separated, but honestly it was too close for our comfort. We always walk 10-15 minutes down the beach; at this end, the closest neighbors were 40-50 feet or more. It's also where we're comfortable going nude/topless (me/her). Several people stopped by to ask if we ever got hassled for this (nope, not for the past 5-6 years anyway); a few others joined in, but nobody much cares (if anything, even more of the "nobody much cares" than ever).

When we left at about 2pm, the north end of the beach was getting quite a lot more crowded, and it was actually tough to maintain a respectable distance getting back to the car.

On the whole, it's business as usual, but it would maybe be better if the folks by the beach entrance made the effort to spread out a bit more.
Written July 25, 2020
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Newbie
Province of Naples, Italy13 contributions
Couples
Beautiful nude beach in Provincetown. Walk 20 minutes to the left of the beach entrance at the parking lot. You can’t miss it. You will see some scattered nudes, couples, etc. after the “no dogs allowed” sign but the actual place to be is another 10 minute walk from there Mostly gay men but an over all mixed crowd enjoying no tan lines. Enjoy both the bay side in the ocean side. You won’t regret the walk.
Written August 3, 2022
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RJB1215
Fort Lauderdale, FL2,557 contributions
Friends
Great beach within biking distance to downtown. The beach offers bathrooms, bike racks and beach Matts to the beach area. Mandatory masks while walking to your beach area is preferable. We’ve been back several times since!
Written August 15, 2020
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GlobeTrotting605780
2 contributions
Couples
I have given 4/5 as I enjoyed a swim in the clear water. I had to go left past the life guard poles because we had our dog with us, which was fine. I had a displaced trimalleolar fracture about 10 weeks ago and am walking with a brace now. The first lifeguard offered I take the beach wheelchair or maybe on my return as uneven sand is pretty tricky. When my husband went and requested it for my return journey the lifeguard now on duty wasn’t very helpful (man afternoon shift on 22 July) in fact when I got near to the lifeguard station he didn’t offer any help, although we had a 90lb lab as well as all our beach gear. Another woman tourist helped us! Luckily I’m only in this situation temporarily…..and next year will be able to walk on the sand again. I hope he never has to experience this but maybe if he had would be more helpful!
Written July 20, 2021
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