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Cape Cod Beach Regulations

| Barnstable |Bourne | Brewster | Cape Cod National Seashore | Chatham | Dennis | Eastham | Falmouth | Harwich | Mashpee | Orleans | Provincetown | Sandwich  | Scussetts Beach State Reservation | Truro | Wellfleet | Yarmouth |


Barnstable

  • Beach Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Restrooms open: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Lifeguards on duty: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Parking fees collected: 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Not staffed prior to Memorial Day
  • No dogs allowed from May 15 to Sept. 15

Town of Barnstable website

Bourne

Town of Bourne website

Brewster

  • Beach Hours: Closes daily, 10 p.m.
  • $30 fine: parking without valid permit
  • Lifeguards on duty: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Parking stickers required: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • No dogs allowed from June 1 - Oct. 1

Town of Brewster website

Cape Cod National Seashore

  • Beach hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dogs: Leashed pets allowed on beaches only beyond posted seasonal bird-nesting and lifeguard-protected zones (walking through is permitted), any seashore fire roads, Head of the Meadow bicycle trail (year-round), Province Lands bicycle trail (Nov. 1 to April 30), seashore freshwater ponds (Oct. 16 to May 14).

Cape Cod National Seashore website

Chatham

  • Beach Hours: Close 10 p.m., active fishing may take place after beach closing
  • No fires; charcoal and gas grills allowed
  • Lifeguards on duty: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • No dogs allowed from April 1 to Sept 15

Town of Chatham website

Dennis

  • Parking fine: $50
  • No dogs allowed Memorial Day - Labor Day

Town of Dennis website

Eastham

  • No dogs allowed June 15 - Labor Day

Town of Eastham website

Falmouth

  • No dogs allowed May 1 - September 30

Town of Falmouth website

Harwich

  • Dogs: Dog walking allowed Red River Beach parking lot only -9 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.- dusk (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

Town of Harwich website

Mashpee

  • All Beaches are open to town residents only. 
  • Non-Residents may go to South Cape State Beach. Click link below for directions

Town of Mashpee website

Orleans

  • Beach Hours: (Crystal, Pilgrim, Skaket) 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Beach Hours: (Nauset) 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Hours, All Others: Half-hour after sunset to half-hour before sunrise
  • No dogs: Memorial Day - Columbus Day or in North Nauset beach parking lot from March 15-September 15.

Town of Orleans website

Provincetown

  • Beach hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dogs: Leashed pets allowed on beaches only beyond posted seasonal bird-nesting and lifeguard-protected zones (walking through is permitted), any seashore fire roads, Head of the Meadow bicycle trail (year-round), Province Lands bicycle trail (Nov. 1 to April 30), seashore freshwater ponds (Oct. 16 to May 14).

Town of Provincetown website

Cape Cod National Seashore website

Sandwich

  • Dogs allowed: October through March

Town of Sandwich website

Scusset Beach State Reservation

  • The reservation has a beach and campground facilities.
  • Campground office open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from early May though mid-October.
  • Off Season Camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights mid-October to early May. The office is open from 8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1p.m. on camping days.
  • No RV parking is allowed in the main beach or Jetty parking lots from May 15th to September 15th.
  • No Pets are allowed on the Beach.
  • Youth Groups should contact the park office ahead of time to schedule visits.

Scusset Beach State Reservation website

Truro

  • Dogs allowed: before 9 a.m., after 6 p.m.
  • Beach fires: permits issued 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Town of Truro website

Wellfleet

  • Dogs prohibited: June 15 to Labor Day, leashed animals are allowed in non-lifeguard areas on oceanside beaches only
  • Beach hours: Closed midnight to half-hour before sunrise June 15 to Labor Day
  • Beach fires: Permit from Wellfleet Beach Sticker Office required

Town of Wellfleet website

Yarmouth

  • Beach hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town of Yarmouth website