Cape Cod Beach Review 2012

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod

The 2012 Cape Cod Beach Review – Falmouth

Falmouth, Cape Cod Beaches Map
Map of Falmouth’s beaches.

Falmouth is surrounded on three sides by water. With its many outlets and bays, we boast of over 68 miles of beaches – more than any other town on Cape Cod. We also like bragging about having the warmest water on Cape Cod. With  easy access to water, Falmouth has always been an ideal location for maritime trade including fishing, whaling and shipbuilding. Many sea captains called Falmouth home and at one time nearly half of the 300 households in Falmouth were homes of sea captains and those who made their living on the water. The man who built the Palmer House in 1901, Joseph Fish, owned whaling ships.

When you arrive at our Cape Cod B&B you will see our welcoming baskets of brightly colored beach towels on the porch for our guests to take with them to the beach.

 

 

The Falmouth, Cape Cod Beach Committee manages ten beaches.  They are listed below in alphabetical order.

All of the beaches below have Falmouth lifeguards, Changing facilities, and restrooms except for The Knob Beach.

Bristol Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Bristol Beach.

Bristol Beach

This Cape Cod beach is located in “Falmouth Heights”. It has plenty of parking and beautiful views. A small creek, which ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound, is a great place for youngsters to attempt to catch sea creatures caught in the tidal surge. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable restrooms. Beach stickers are required.

Chapaquit Beach

This location is a favorite of many families. White sand and beautiful open ocean views greet beachgoers.  Windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach.   Beach stickers are required.

Grew’s Pond Beach

Located in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond beach, and staffed by lifeguards.  Grew’s Pond has a sandy beach. Grills and picnic benches are available, as well as a covered pavilion shelter. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. No sticker is required.

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Heights Beach.

Heights Beach

The beach at Falmouth Heights on Vineyard Sound is long and has plenty of beautiful sand. The water is warm and views of Martha’s Vineyard are outstanding. Because of a high sea wall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited. Restaurants are close to this beach and there are portable rest rooms. A beach sticker is required, however,  parking is limited. It is best to arrive early.

Megansett Beach

This beach is located along the shores of Buzzards Bay. It is frequented primarily by neighborhood families. Megansett is a great location for viewing a sunset. This beach has portable rest rooms and is visited by an ice cream truck. A beach sticker is required and parking is limited.

Menauhant Beach

Located on Vineyard Sound, and it  is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bournes Pond to Vineyard Sound. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. Stickers are available or a one-day fee of $10. The fee can be paid to the gate attendant.

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Old Silver Beach

Old Silver Beach

This beach is by far the most popular beach in Falmouth and arguably, the most popular beach on Cape Cod. The parking lots are divided into two sections: one for residence and one for the public, which is accessed by paying a daily entry fee of $20. Concessions, showers and changing rooms are available. People come from great distances to enjoy Old Silver’s pure white sand. Parking is ample, but come early; the lots fill up fast.

Stoney Beach

Located in Woods Hole Village, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and highly utilized, so arrive early. An ice cream truck visits this beach and there are portable rest rooms. A Falmouth beach sticker or MBL sticker is required to use the limited parking area.

Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Surf Drive Beach.

Surf Drive Beach

Located on Surf Drive, a short walk from the Palmer House Inn, this beach features public showers, a concession stand and is host to the Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse, where residents and visitors may purchase Falmouth beach parking stickers. Surf Drive Beach faces Martha’s Vineyard and is on Vineyard Sound. A one-day parking fee of $10. can be paid at the gate.

Wood Neck Beach

This beach is blessed with a tidal creek containing pure sand and many ”critters,” a popular combination for active youngsters. Wood neck beach is visited by an ice cream truck and has portable toilets. Beach stickers are required.

Knob Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Knob Beach

The Knob Beach

This beach does not have lifeguards, changing facilities, or restrooms but it is one of the most romantic, secluded locations on Cape Cod.  It has been the site of many marriage proposals.  If you wish to see a magnificent Cape Cod sunset, The Knob is the place to go. This off-the-beaten-path beach, is located in Sippewissett, and can be difficult to find, so be sure to ask Pat or Bill for directions.

See more on our YouTube Channel – Palmer House Inn’s Sights of Cape Cod: The Knob Beach

Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Busses

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry

One of the most frequent day trips that our Palmer House guests take is a ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard.

For your convenience, we sell the tickets at the inn. After disembarking the ferry we recommend taking the tour bus to get an over view the island.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry
Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Ferry

 

The sightseeing busses on the Vineyard run from Memorial Day weekend through September. They meet every Steamship Authority and Island Queen ferry from 9:00 am through 3:15 pm. They give a fully narrated tour with state-licensed drivers who are also professional guides.

The towns on Martha’s Vineyard offer surprising diversity, each with its own character and personality. For those who are interested in history, Edgartown presents an architectural memorial to whaling’s golden age. Aquinnah or Gay Head as it was named in the past is recognized world-wide for its clay cliffs and natural beauty, while West Tisbury is a typical New England village right out of a Currier and Ives print. Menemsha is a working fishing village and its claim to fame is that it is where the motion picture “Jaws” was filmed. Oak Bluffs is internationally known for its charming Victorian “ginger bread style” cottages.

The tours take approximately two and a half hours and includes a thirty minute stop at the Aquinnah cliffs.

Tickets are $29.00 and can be purchased aboard the bus.

For more information on a Martha’s Vineyard day trip take a look at our Martha’s Vineyard Post.

Falmouth, Cape Cod Beach Review 2011

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod

The 2010 Falmouth, Cape Cod Beach Review has been one of our most frequently visited posts on our blog.

As a result, I have decided to do an update with photos and more in-depth information about Falmouth’s most valuable asset.

Falmouth, Cape Cod Beaches Map
Map of Falmouth’s beaches.

Falmouth is surrounded on three sides by water. With its many outlets and bays, we boast of our 68 miles of beaches and that is more than any other town on Cape Cod. We also like bragging about having the warmest water on Cape Cod. With the easy access to water, Falmouth has historically an ideal location for maritime trade including fishing, whaling and shipbuilding. Many sea captains called Falmouth home and at one time nearly half of the 300 households in Falmouth were homes to sea captains. The man who built the Palmer House, Joseph Fish, owned whaling ships.

When you arrive at the Palmer House you will see our welcoming baskets of brightly colored beach towels on the porch for our guests to take with them to the beach.

The Falmouth Beach Committee manages ten beaches.  They are listed below in alphabetical order.

Bristol Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Bristol Beach.

BRISTOL: This beach is located in “Falmouth Heights”. It has plenty of parking and beautiful views. A small creek, which ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound, is a great place for youngsters to attempt to catch sea creatures caught in the tidal surge. Beach stickers are required.

CHAPAQUIT: This location is a favorite of many families. White sand and beautiful open ocean views greet beachgoers.  Windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach.  Beach stickers are required.

GREW’S POND: Located in Goodwill park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond beach, and staffed by lifeguards.  Grew’s pond has a sandy beach. Grills and picnic benches are available, as well as a covered pavilion shelter. No sticker is required.

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Heights Beach.

HEIGHTS: The beach at Falmouth Heights on Vineyard Sound is long and has plenty of beautiful sand. The water is warm and views of Martha’s Vineyard are outstanding. Because of a high sea wall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited. A beach sticker is required and parking is limited.

MEGANSETT: This beach is located along the shores of Buzzards Bay. Frequented primarily by neighborhood families. Megansett is a great location for viewing a sunset. A beach sticker is required and parking is limited.

MENAUHANT: Located on Vineyard Sound, and it  is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bournes Pond to Vineyard Sound. Stickers are available or a one-day fee of $10. Can be paid to the gate attendant.

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Old Silver Beach

OLD SILVER BEACH: This beach is by far the most popular beach in Falmouth and arguably, the most popular beach on Cape Cod. The parking lots are divided into two sections: one for residence and one for the public, which is accessed by paying a daily entry fee of $20. Concessions, showers and changing rooms are available. People come from great distances to enjoy Old Silver’s pure white sand. Parking is ample, but come early; the lots fill up fast.

STONEY: Located in Woods Hole Village, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and highly utilized, so arrive early. A Falmouth beach sticker or MBL sticker is required to use the limited parking area.

Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Surf Drive Beach.

SURF DRIVE: Located on Surf Drive, a short walk from the Palmer House, this beach features public showers, a concession stand and is host to the Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse, where residents and visitors may purchase Falmouth beach parking stickers. Surf Drive Beach faces Martha’s Vineyard and is on Vineyard Sound. A one-day parking fee of $10. can be paid at the gate.

WOOD NECK: This beach is blessed with a tidal creek containing pure sand and many ”critters,” a popular combination for active youngsters. Beach stickers are required.

All of the above beaches have Falmouth lifeguards, Changing facilities, and restrooms.

Knob Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Knob Beach

THE KNOB: This beach does not have lifeguards, changing facilities, or restrooms but it is one of the most romantic, secluded locations on Cape Cod.  It has been the site of many marriage proposals.  If you wish to see a magnificent Cape Cod sun set, The Knob is the place to go. This off-the-beaten-path beach, is located in Sippewissett, and can be difficult to find, so be sure to ask Pat or Bill for directions.