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High Head Beach: North Truro's Hidden Gem
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Wednesday, April 7, 2021


There are well-known beaches all over Cape Cod, and you won't have much trouble locating them from your vacation rental.

Most of these beaches are along major routes and close to various other amenities, and there are even signs directing you to their massive parking lots.

While there's nothing wrong with these beaches, and visiting them is highly recommended, there's something special about a secluded stretch of sand away from the crowds of visitors that flock to the Cape every summer.

High Head Beach in North Truro provides an off-the-beaten-path experience that you won't want to miss when spending time on the Outer Cape.

Here's a look at why High Head Beach is notable, along with some information on getting one of Cape Cod's hidden gems.

Getting to the Beach

Before all else, you'll want to figure out how to reach High Head Beach because it's a bit of a challenge.

First, you'll need to get onto Route 6, which runs the entire length of the Cape. Depending on where you're coming from, this could be a long drive because you'll need to pass through Orleans and head north. You'll then take Route 6 through Wellfleet, Truro, and North Truro on your way to Provincetown.

However, before you enter Provincetown, you'll see a turnoff for High Head Road. This road will take you past East Harbor and Moon Pond before coming to a fork. 

Go left at the fork and continue on the unpaved road until you reach another fork. Head left at the second fork and park along the side of the trail.

It's possible to drive to the beach on the dirt and sand road, but you'll need an Off-Road Permit. You must also have an adequate vehicle and all the necessary safety gear to drive on the shore.

Assuming you didn't prepare to drive on the beach, you'll have to walk the rest of the way to the seashore. The hike isn't overly long but can be a bit challenging because you're walking over dunes. The payoff is worth it, though, because you'll come to a secluded stretch of sand where you can find a spot all to yourself to spend the day.

Doing Some Fishing

One of the most popular activities at High Head Beach is fishing, as the location offers outstanding surfcasting opportunities.

All you have to do is wade into the water a short distance and cast out into the ocean, and you'll have an excellent chance of catching striped bass and bluefish. In fact, these waters offer some of the best striped bass fishing on the entire East Coast.

Before putting your line in the water, make sure you have a Massachusetts Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit. These permits cost $10 for the year and are available online, by phone, or in-person through an approved vendor.

Relaxing in the Sand

Of course, fishing isn't for everyone, and there's nothing wrong with spending your day at High Head Beach relaxing in the golden sand. After all, you've already hiked to the beach, so you might as well take some time enjoying it.

Once you get to High Head, you can walk in either direction for miles. If you end up wandering south, you'll get to Head of the Meadow Beach pretty quickly. This beach is one of the leading destinations on the Cape Cod National Seashore and gets busy in the summer.

Walking northwest is more isolated because there aren't any official beaches nearby. You might come across some people with ORV permits, but other than that, the beach is usually pretty empty in that direction.

Watching For Wildlife

The wildlife watching opportunities are outstanding at High Head Beach. First, this area is a piping plover nesting area, so you might have the rare chance to see an endangered species on your trek.

Other bird species you might come across include:

  • Common tern
  • King rail
  • Sharp-shinned hawk
  • Bald eagle
  • Vesper sparrow

This area is a paradise for birdwatchers because its secluded atmosphere allows these animals to nest, feed, and explore without worry.

Seals also frequent this section of Cape Cod, primarily because there aren't too many people around to bother them. The sandbars that appear off the coast are a favorite hangout for these marine mammals in low tide.

A Memorable Part of Your Vacation

Your vacation on Cape Cod is sure to become a memorable experience because you'll find something new and exciting to do every day. 

Few other destinations provide the opportunity to hike through dense forest, bike along the ocean, and enjoy five-star dining all on the same trip.

Many days will likely involve visits to the beach, too, and if reaching a destination that most visitors will never see is a priority for you, High Head Beach in North Truro is worth considering. 
 



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Spending the Day at Mashpee's South Cape Beach State Park
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Wednesday, January 27, 2021


With so many beaches on Cape Cod, selecting one to visit can be a challenge.

Sure, heading to the Cape Cod National Seashore is a must-do, but what about days on the calmer waters of Cape Cod Bay or Nantucket Sound?

One location worth checking out in Mashpee is South Cape Beach State Park, a scenic venue with access to both Waquoit Bay and Vineyard Sound sitting just west of New Seabury.

This park is secluded but has all of the activities you'd want to try on your vacation, making it an excellent place to spend an entire day in the sun.

Getting There

It doesn't take much to reach South Cape Beach State Park, despite its seemingly remote location. 

The easiest way to get there is via Great Neck Road South, which intersects with Route 28 near Mashpee Commons. Great Neck Road South eventually turns into Great Oak Road, and you can follow it to the park's entrance. The drive from the highway only takes about ten minutes.

There's a dirt parking lot near the beach, and the daily fees are $15 for Massachusetts residents and $40 for non-residents between Memorial Day and November. The vehicle's license plates determine residency.

After getting to the parking lot, you'll have to walk to the beach. Fortunately, there's a boardwalk that connects to the waterfront area, making it an easy jaunt. It isn't a long stroll, and the payoff is spectacular.

What's at the Beach?

Once you get to the water, you'll have access to over a mile of white sand. Here, you can swim in the ocean, enjoy the picnic area or use the on-site grills. There's a lookout over the beach, too, which is an excellent place to take in a sunset.

You might see a few people fishing from the shore, although they'll typically move down the beach and away from the swimmers.

The water is relatively calm at this location, as well, and there are public washrooms near the parking lot.

This beach is a pleasant place for families because it has so much space, and even those who don't like lounging in the sand will find some activities to keep them occupied.

Nearby Hiking Trails

While you'll likely spend much of your day at South Cape Beach State Park by the water, there are also some hiking trails to explore.

The easiest to access is the Great Flat Pond Loop, which you can reach from the main parking lot. There are other parking areas along the road into the park, too, so you'll have a few different places to begin. The trail heads through woodlands and wetlands and meanders over to Sage Lot Pond and its surrounding salt marsh.

The other primary path through this area is Dead Neck Trail, which runs from the parking lot along the dunes to Waquoit Bay's mouth. The best thing about Dead Neck Trail is that you can walk down to a private section of the beach at any point, providing reason enough to give it a try.

These hiking trails aren't rugged or technical, but they provide scenic places to explore away from the bustle of some of the Cape's other beaches.

The Boat Launch

Finally, there's a boat launch at the far west end of the park where you can put a canoe or kayak into Waquoit Bay. In fact, this is one of the only places you can reach Waquoit Bay via car.

Once at the boat launch, you can carry your small boat to the water and explore the bay. There's also a small beach with calm, shallow water that might be worth a look if you're traveling with kids.

This boat launch isn't anything fancy, but Waquoit Bay is one of the Cape's most scenic and secluded locations, so if you have the opportunity to do some paddling there, make sure you do it.

A Full Day on the Ocean

When you book a vacation rental on Cape Cod, beaches are undoubtedly in your future. The only question is which ones you'll choose to visit because you will have nearly unlimited options.

If you're staying in the Mashpee area, South Cape Beach is well worth your time because it feels like an off-the-beaten-path location while sitting mere minutes from downtown.

As a result, you can spend an entire day in the sun at this beach before returning to your vacation rental for dinner in no time at all.

For the perfect mix of serenity and accessibility, it's tough to beach South Cape Beach in Mashpee, Massachusetts.



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Our Top 5 Beaches
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 2, 2018


As hard as we try, there is never enough time to see all of Cape Cod's beaches in one vacation week. So aside from staying multiple weeks, we have compiled a list of the top five beaches across Cape Cod, to make the decision slighty easier. These are the choice beach locations as voted by our fans. There are so many others to spend glorious sun hours at, but start with these for now, and plan your next vacation accordingly.

 

1. Race Point Beach is a popular spot among locals and visitors alike. Off of Race Point Road in Provincetown, this beach offers a scenic break from the bike path that runs through it and the occasional view of seals and dolphins. Part of the national seashore, Race Point Beach offers miles of soft sand for walking and relaxing.

 

2. Mayflower Beach: Located on the Cape Cod Bay, this greatly popular beach keeps people of all ages coming back time and time again. Offering a spacious amount of room to read and relax or play in the low tide, this age friendly location is a fan favorite in Dennis.

 

3. With family friendly sand and snack bars, Old Silver Beach in Falmouth is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The Italian ice cart and spectacular sunsets this beach has create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for everyone who visits. Locals have been coming to this beach for years and visitors can’t wait to return.

 

4. Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Fondly regarded as Lighthouse Beach by Cape Cod residents, is known for a large seal population and strong currents great for surfing or viewing. A fan favorite, this beach has a great boardwalk that offers seating and a scenic escape to sit back and relax. This well groomed beach is a great spot to visit with family and friends.

 

5. Marconi Beach in Wellfleet is another national seashore favorite. Whether you and your family have been exploring the town of Wellfleet or just enjoying a sunny day, this beach is great to spend some time at. With plenty of space and located just under massive sand dune cliffs, this beach offers privacy and a great place to disconnect from the world and enjoy the summer sun.



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