One of the more easily accessible beaches on Cape Cod National Seashore, Nauset Beach is a local and seasonal visitor favorite. This expansive beach is perfect for sun-worshipers, surfers, boogie boarders and fishermen (perfect for striped bass and bluefish fishing!).
Nauset Beach extends south from a point opposite Nauset Bay to the mouth of Chatham Harbor. Nauset Beach, at times, offers some of the highest waves on Cape Cod, so be prepared for rough and cold waters. Seals love Nauset Beach, and sharks too, so you should expect to see signs warning of sharks … yes, sharks … they have been spotted here and in August 2017 a shark attacked a seal several feet away from swimmers and surfers.
You can drive off-road onto the Outer Beach, a barrier beach protecting a large salt marsh from the surf, if you have an Off-Road Vehicle Permit. There is a resident ORV section and non-resident ORV section. Click here for ORV permits
You’ll find seasonally operated bathroom with outdoor showers and changing rooms. Handicap accessible – parking, Mobi-mat leading down to the beach and Handicap beach chairs are available.
Lifeguards on duty late June to Labor Day. Snack bar and picnic area are also available. Free Monday night concerts at the gazebo (July and August)!
Parking and fees:
Daily Hangtag: $20.00/daily, Available at Nauset gates. Cash only. Daily pass per single vehicle, same day re-entry. Non transferable, no refunds.
Week Pass: $75.00/week (7 days from the date of purchase), Available at Nauset Administration Building, 250 Beach Rd. 9 am – 3:30 pm. Valid 7 consecutive days from date of purchase.
Season Pass: $220.00/season. Available at Nauset Beach Admin Building, 250 Beach Rd. 9 am – 3:30 pm.