Race Point Beach
Race Point Beach
4.5
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Relax on sandy shores and hike dunes and grassland at this beautiful coastal stretch on the tip of Cape Cod. Spot seals sunbathing on the sandbars off the coast, and book a boat tour during the summer and fall months to see the whales that migrate through the area. Later in the day, head to the westernmost end of the beach to see the 200-year-old Race Point Lighthouse during sunset—in summer, the sun disappears right behind the lighthouse. There is ample parking nearby, and also restaurants and cafes in the area. – Tripadvisor
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  • disgustorama
    118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On golden sand
    Drive across the beautiful sand dunes and get to Race Point: blue water and golden sand. This is a sizable beach and you can spot seals swimming close to the shore. You will need to bring everything: umbrellas, chairs and water because there is nothing there. They do have bathrooms at the entrance close to the parking lot. A wonderful place!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • chantelbooth
    England, United Kingdom412 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach with wildlife
    Annoying you have to pay such a high park fee when the only facilities are toilets but we wanted to visit this particular location so had to pay. Ample parking. Saw seals just off the shore. We went mid June and it was nice and warm but water freezing of course. Toilets were ok.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • T S
    Provincetown, Massachusetts12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where else can you drive miles of pristine Beach and set up with your vehicle right at the water?
    One of the best experiences of being on the Cape- the oversand access to Race Point and Hatches Harbor. I haven't parked and walked onto the paid public section of beach in over a decade, so I can't say much on that. But as a pristine spot where you can set up with the family for the day, have a beach fire (with a permit) see the most amazing sunsets over the water on the east coast.... I can't imagine anyplace better. My suggestions for enjoying this place to the fullest: Go with a 4x4 vehicle, go to the NPS race point website before going. There's a list of requirements to get the permit such as a full size spare tire, a tire Guage that goes down to 5psi, a jack, tow strap etc. So make sure you check the website and know the requirements! They have weekly access passes for about 50 bucks between April and November. If you have a self contained camper, you can get a self contained vehicle sticker and camp right on the sand. Air your tires down, that is the number one requirement to getting out there once you have the permit from the ranger station/ permit office. I drive a Chevy 2500, and run my tires at 12psi on the sand. Low and slow. It's an experience to be had if you have the opportunity. Be respectful of the beach, bring a trash bag and pick up garbage if you see it, that's always nice.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
  • RICART75
    Peru, Indiana2,298 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit...
    We enjoyed numerous beaches in our exploration of Cape Cod's coastline; and this is yet another one providing the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Cape. Being early May, the area was uncrowded; allowing for a relaxing time of viewing and/or strolling about. This location, as are so many others, is well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2024
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CATTSAR
Provincetown, MA22,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
There are three beaches available in Provincetown , the harbor, the bay and the ocean. Race Point is the Atlantic Ocean beach and the one favored by most tourist. The beach is wide and sweeping and faces north, because of this it tends to be rougher and colder then the other two. Bathrooms and changing rooms are open making it more comfortable to spend the day. In addition, there are several other activities. There is a gift shop selling souvenirs as well as educational items associated with the outer cape. The old life saving station houses a small museum but has limited hours. The amphitheater houses concerts during the summer and the observation deck gives a panoramic view of the area. Whales an dolphins can often be seen from this vantage point. The ranger station is situated at the far end of the parking lot and this is the optimum spot to start the hike to Race Point Lighthouse. The hike is 4.2 miles (8 km) out and back. If you do the hike to the lighthouse be VERY aware of the tides and bring provisions. There is plenty of parking but it can fill up in the summer. For the more adventurous the bike trails will take right to the beach.  This is a "perfect day at the beach!"
Written 15 June 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
We visited this ~ 7 mile long beach today after passing the unoccupied fee hut. The misting fog kept beachgoers away but there were several tourists like us wanting to see the flowers among the endless dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The restrooms were open and blue vinyl pathways extended to the beach and the US Lifesaving Station. Now onto the Pilgrim First Landing Park and their 252’ Monument.
Written 3 June 2021
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Mike F
Peekskill, NY83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
Great beach, short walk from great parking lot. Federal Seashore beach, so the America the Beautiful card allows free parking. The facilities were clean and open. The beach is beautiful. The seals came close to us swimming, which made us concerned if anything was close by hunting seals. But it was wonderful to see beautiful sea creatures so close. Not crowded at all on a weekday. At the end of our day we came back to see the sunset. The cool location at the norht end allows for sunrises and sunsets over the ocean.
Written 28 July 2020
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PowerhousePeggy
Denville, NJ21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Gorgeous beach. Expansive views. Pristine sand that makes you want to walk forever. Absolutely no pets! Someone tried to bring their dog on and was immediately admonished by other beach goers.
Written 22 May 2021
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chantelbooth
England, UK412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Annoying you have to pay such a high park fee when the only facilities are toilets but we wanted to visit this particular location so had to pay. Ample parking. Saw seals just off the shore. We went mid June and it was nice and warm but water freezing of course. Toilets were ok.
Written 27 August 2023
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epond
Waycross, GA57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
Race Point is a beautiful beach with lifeguards, restrooms, and changing area. The only drawback is that it is $25 a day to park. The good news is, if you travel to the beach without a lot of extra gear, the local shuttle will drop you off and pick you up for only $2.00. This is an excellent beach for seeing the sunset. Cape beaches are not good for shell seekers as the beaches are erosion beaches. This is a dog-free beach.
Written 23 July 2022
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RJB1215
Fort Lauderdale, FL3,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
What a fantastic beach! Beautiful vistas and serene beach scenes. Many seals can be spotted swimming along the shoreline. If you have a lifetime senior pass to the National Parks, and are 62 years old + one can park for free otherwise it’s $25 to park for the day! A must see
Written 26 July 2022
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Mark S
Brookfield, CT349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Race Point is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, it is a National Park so if you have the annual pass, bonus.. it's free! Otherwise, it is $25 a day, but even then, it's worth it. Just miles and miles of sandy beaches, sand dunes and ocean. Great visitor's center and just a great beach to spend a day.
Written 28 June 2022
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Tatiana G
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Ummmmm I’m confused. 5 stars compared to what? I’ve been on almost all of the Cape Cod beaches and this one is near the middle of the list, not anywhere near the top. Go to Marconi or Head of the Meadow. Breathtaking. Not this one. Unless you like o-K beaches with biting flies and RV Campers parked nearby...? LOL. 5 stars...OK.
Written 12 September 2021
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Littlefield19
Provincetown, MA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Race Point Beach is where the locals go when a big surf is up. Campers are allowed in certain sections. There are changing areas and water stations. Race Point is at the extreme northern point of Cape Cod. The beach continues south on the Atlantic Ocean side (which locals call "the back side") for 40 miles. Go ahead, try to hike that! Plenty of parking, but in the summer the National Park Service charges admission to drive in. A beach shuttle runs up there from Provincetown.
Written 19 August 2020
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