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“Coast Guard Beach is excellent”

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Owner description: Over 40,000 beautiful acres of protected beach and dunes, stretching from Chatham to Provincetown.
Mississauga, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Coast Guard Beach is excellent”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

This was the first - and best - beach we visited in our week-long trip. While you may be deterred by the fact that you must park a mile from the beach and take a trolley there, I found teh view fantastic, enhanced by the lack of cars, houses and hotels. Surf was the best we had on the Cape and makes for fun dips in the ocean.

Visited August 2012
5 Thank David P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great starting point”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We dropped in here to get some information about the surrounding area and were given a huge amount of useful information by a very helpful member of staff. He kindly gave us maps and leaflets about the nearby coastline including beaches, walks and lighthouses. We stayed and enjoyed a couple of videos about the formation of the cape and about the history of the lifesaving service. An excellent starting point for exploring the area.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank sarahanddave
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Kansas CIty, MO
Level 6 Contributor
303 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Excellent nature experience”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Cape Cod National Seashore is an excellent attraction, well worth days of exploration. The area is broken up and covers much of the cape. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous trails and dunes. Great for birdwatching, whale watching, general hiking and sightseeing. I highly recommend the Race Point Beach area for bird/whale watching. There are several visitor's centers and trails along the way. Places to eat and other places to visit are easily found just outside the park boundaries.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank lowens311
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Sacramento, California
Level 6 Contributor
641 reviews
304 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
“hiking opps, lovely beaches, good ranger talks and walks”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) was established in 1961 with the support of President Kennedy. The seashore is known for pristine endless beaches, dunes, nature trails, ponds, salt marshes, and forests. It is difficult to financially support it, as it includes the whole eastern shoreline of the lower Cape, covering over 42 square miles. Therefore there is no way to control entry, making collecting entrance fees for supporting the seashore almost impossible, unless visitors voluntarily pay at the two visitor centers. The Salt Pond Visitor Center near Eastham has exhibits and films on the Cape’s geology, history, and landscape. Near the Province lands area are some more good hiking trails. We did a couple hikes near the Salt Pond area, along with a informative ranger talk/walk, and a hike near the upper CCNS. We got info and maps from the visitor center on local hikes, and there were a couple of short informative movies offered. The day we walked along the bike trail from the Province Lands visitor center, we visited the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum. This museum is housed in the actual building from which boat rescue crews raced out to save ships, cargos, and people. The shifting sands move 3 inches a year, and the building is being slowly surrounded by dunes. The docent there was a very enthusiastic life-saving historian, who gave us a personalized tour of each room, lecturing on where the museum found the pieces, how they were either found or made to the same specifications as the original contents of the building, stories about individual rescues, the men who lived there, and answered all questions fully. What a great tour guide! We then walked from there around the loop to the Beech Forest hiking trail, which we took for a walk around some ponds.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank Kip F
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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66 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Salt Pond Visitor Center is the place to be! Near Eastham lighthouse”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Open daily from 9 to 5! Nice bathrooms, better exhibits! Look onto the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod. There's no admission fee! It probably won't take you over an hour to see the entire facility.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Tandor
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