Cape Cod Beach Review 2015

Falmouth Heights Beach

Cape Cod Beach Review: The Best Beaches on Falmouth’s Coast

Falmouth has beaches on three sides. We have beaches on Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, not to mention the fresh water beach of Grew’s Pond. With Falmouth’s many outlets and bays, we boast of over sixty-eight miles of coast line and beaches. We have more beaches than any other town on Cape Cod. Falmouth residents also like to brag about having the warmest water and the most public beaches on Cape Cod. Temperatures average 70 degrees in the summer and beach goers  can enjoy the beaches through late autumn. Many of us believe that October is by far the most lovely month of the year.

Falmouth Heights Beach
Falmouth Heights Beach
Falmouth Beach Map
Map of Falmouth beaches.

Many of the beaches are handicapped-accessible and offer beach wheelchairs (reservation required). The Palmer House Inn has daily parking passes for sale at the check-in desk.  For parking Memorial Day through Labor Day.For additional information call (508) 548-8623 in-season or go to www.falmouthmass.us

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 C. Fish, owned whaling ships. If you are interested in Maritime History, a visit to Falmouth’s Museums on the Green is a must. The Museums are just steps from the Palmer House, on the way to town.

When you arrive at our B&B you will see our welcoming baskets of beach towels on the porch. We invite you to take them with you to the beach.

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

All of the beaches below have Falmouth lifeguards, changing facilities, and restrooms with the exception of The Knob Beach.  Parking stickers and beach passes can be purchased at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House at Surf Drive Beach.

BRISTOL BEACH

Bristol Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Bristol Beach.

Located in Falmouth Heights, Bristol Beach has plenty of parking. A small creek ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound. An Ice cream truck visits the beach and there are portable restrooms. It is handicapped accessible and beach stickers are required.

CHAPAQUIT BEACH

This Falmouth beach is a favorite with many families, Chapaquit has white sand and lovely open ocean views. Windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach. Beach stickers are required. This location is visited by an ice cream truck and it has portable restrooms. It is handicapped accessible.

GREW’S POND BEACH

Located in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond beach, and is staffed by Falmouth 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 needed. This beach is not handicapped accessible.

FALMOUTH HEIGHTS BEACH

Couple on Falmouth Heights Beach
Couple on Falmouth 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 seawall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited. There are portable restrooms. A beach sticker is required, however, parking is limited. It is best to arrive early. There are two restaurants that are close to the beach. The Casino Wharf FX, has spectacular views of Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard from the second story deck. The British Beer Company, is across Grand Avenue from the beach and has walk-up window service.

MEGANSETT BEACH

Located along the shores of Buzzards Bay, this beach is frequented primarily by neighborhood families. Maganesett is a great Falmouth beach 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. Magansett is handicapped accessible.

MENAUHANT BEACH

This beach is located on Vineyard Sound and is divided into an east and 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. is charged. That fee can be paid to the gate attendant. This beach is handicapped accessible.

OLD SILVER BEACH

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Old Silver Beach

This is by far Falmouth’s most popular beach and arguably the most popular beach on Cape Cod. The parking lot is divided into two sections: one for residents and the other 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. Old Silver is handicapped accessible. On a clear day Falmouth’s Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse can be seen from the shore.

STONEY BEACH

Located in Woods Hole, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and is very popular so it is best to 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. Stony Beach is handicapped accessible.

SURF DRIVE BEACH

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

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

WOOD NECK BEACH

This beach is located on Buzzards Bay and has a tidal creek containing pure sand and many “critters”, that are interesting to watch. Wood Neck beach is visited by an ice cream truck, has portable toilets and is handicapped accessible. Beach stickers are required.

THE KNOB BEACH

Knob Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Knob Beach

This beach does not have lifeguards, restrooms or changing facilities. Also, it is not handicapped accessible. However, 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 You Tube Channel. – Palmer House Inn’s Cape Cod: The Knob


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod’s finest beaches, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

 

 

 

 

 

Provincetown Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Playing in P-town

By Mary Moran

Provincetown, Cape Cod
Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, located at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, is a small town with a whole lot of character. Taking a day trip to Provincetown will certainly not disappoint, because there are many interesting options when it comes to activities, both during the day and evening. You may want to linger later because of the great nightlife that P-town  has to offer. This historic art and theater community is the ideal place for the whole family. In Provincetown center you will discover numerous art galleries, unique boutiques, great dining, and a diverse and lively night-time scene. The evenings offer choices such as dancing, shows, performances, and movies. Just outside of town is the beautiful National Seashore,  the legendary Race Point Beach, and whale watching cruises if exploring the ocean and soft sand is more of your idea for a wonderful Cape Cod day trip.

Provincetown, Cape Cod bench.
Provincetown bench.

If you are interested in the history of this beautiful Cape Cod town, take a walk through the Provincetown Museum. Located at the foot of the Pilgrim Monument, The Provincetown Museum lets you explore the history of this once thriving maritime and whaling community. You can also learn about the first landing of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s five week stay in Provincetown before they set off for their final destination in Plymouth. The Mayflower Compact was actually written during the Pilgrim’s stay in Provincetown! In addition to the maritime history, the museum also focuses on the early American Theater that led Provincetown to become a famous community for the theater and arts.

After learning about some of Provincetown’s rich history, if you are ambitious, climb the Pilgrim Monument and get a view of Cape Cod and the ocean that is truly specular. This 252 foot tall monument was built in 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower and the arrival of the Pilgrims. The monument is open to the public and totally worth the 116 step trek to the top.

Winter beach in Provincetown Cape Cod
Winter beach.

To see some of the town’s modern art, visit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Established in 1914, this museum is the most visited art museum on Cape Cod. Here you will find a variety of modern art exhibits all created by local artists. The Art Association strives to continue an active and diverse art involvement in the community. The Association and Museum holds multiple workshops and events year-round so that everyone can become involved and inspired to create His /her own unique works of art.

Rusty fishing buoys
Rusty fishing buoys
Waiting for the Tide
Waiting for the Tide

The old saying says, “The best things come in small packages”, and Provincetown is no exception. This small beach community has so much to offer. Spending the day there is great for vacationers of any age and at any time of the year. it is true that the town is a little sleepier in the off season but there are still activities. The easy commute from Falmouth makes this day trip even sweeter. Provincetown is only a little over an hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn and is a straight shot east on Route 6. Getting lost is practically impossible! In addition, when you are staying in our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn and want to do a little pre-trip planning, you can relax in the Inn’s living-room and take advantage of our Wifi to find a schedule of the exciting year-round events in Provincetown. You are bound to find something that catches your eye!

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

Cape Cod Beach Review 2014

Palmer Mini Moon

Cape Cod Beach Review: The Best Beaches on Falmouth’s Coast

Falmouth is surrounded with beaches on three sides and with the waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. With  its many outlets and bays, we boast of over sixty-eight miles of coast line and beaches. We have more beaches than any other town on Cape Cod. Falmouth residents also like to brag about having the warmest water and the most public beaches on Cape Cod. Temperatures average 70 degrees in the summer and beach goers  can enjoy the beaches through late autumn. Many of us believe that October is by far the most lovely month of the year.

Cape Cod Beach Review: mini-moon
Try a mini-moon on a Cape Cod beach.
Falmouth Beach Map
Map of Falmouth beaches.

Many of the beaches are handicapped-accessible and offer beach wheelchairs (reservation required). The Palmer House Inn has daily parking passes for sale at the check-in desk.  For additional information call (508) 548-8623 in-season or go to www.falmouthmass.us

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 C. Fish, owned whaling ships.

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

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

All of the beaches below have Falmouth lifeguards, changing facilities, and restrooms with the exception of The Knob Beach.  Parking stickers and beach passes can be purchased at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House at Surf Drive Beach.

BRISTOL BEACH

Bristol Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Bristol Beach.

Located in Falmouth Heights, Bristol Beach has plenty of parking. A small creek ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound. An Ice cream truck visits the beach and there are portable restrooms. It is handicapped accessible and beach stickers are required.

CHAPAQUIT BEACH

This Falmouth beach is a favorite with many families, Chapaquit has white sand and lovely open ocean views. Windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach. Beach stickers are required. This  location is visited by an ice cream truck and it has portable restrooms. It is handicapped accessible.

GREW’S POND BEACH

Located in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond beach, and is staffed by Falmouth 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 needed. This beach is not handicapped accessible.

FALMOUTH HEIGHTS BEACH

Heights Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
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 seawall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited. There are portable restrooms. A beach sticker is required, however, parking is limited. It is best to arrive early. There are two restaurants that are close to the beach. The Casino Wharf FX, has spectacular views of Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard from the second story deck. The British Beer Company, is across Grand Avenue from the beach and has walk-up window service.

MEGANSETT BEACH

Located along the shores of Buzzards Bay, this beach is frequented primarily by neighborhood families. Maganesett is a great Falmouth beach 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. Magansett is handicapped accessible.

MENAUHANT BEACH

This beach is located on Vineyard Sound and is divided into an east and 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. is charged. That fee can be paid to the gate attendant. This beach is handicapped accessible.

OLD SILVER BEACH

Old Silver Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Old Silver Beach

This is by far Falmouth’s most popular beach and arguably the most popular beach on Cape Cod. The parking lot is divided into two sections: one for residents and the other 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. Old Silver is handicapped accessible. On a clear day Falmouth’s Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse can be seen from the shore.

STONEY BEACH

Located in Woods Hole, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and is very popular so it is best to 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. Stony Beach is handicapped accessible.

SURF DRIVE BEACH

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

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

WOOD NECK BEACH

This beach is located on Buzzards Bay and has a tidal creek containing pure sand and many “critters”, that are interesting to watch. Wood Neck beach is visited by an ice cream truck, has portable toilets and is handicapped accessible. Beach stickers are required.

THE KNOB BEACH

Knob Beach, Falmouth, Cape Cod
Knob Beach

This beach does not have lifeguards, restrooms or changing facilities. Also, it is not handicapped accessible. However, 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 You Tube Channel. – Palmer House Inn’s Cape Cod: The Knob


Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

After a day of fun, sand and surf relax at the Palmer House Inn. While all of our rooms have their own relaxing and romantic charm we recommend the Theodore Roosevelt room for its charm, mahogany canopy bed and Jacuzzi-style tub; and the Henry James Penthouse for its elegance, plush pillows and Jacuzzi-style tub.

 

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