Race Point Beach
Race Point Beach in Provincetown has been named on TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Beaches! (read article here).
Located at the end of Race Point Road off of Route 6 in Provincetown is Race Point Beach, sitting at the mouth of Cape Cod Bay at the northernmost point of Cape Cod National Seashore. This beach is named for the fierce rip tides that come around the point of the Cape so expect rougher waters, but beautiful views.
On the premises are seasonal restrooms, showers and changing rooms. Lifeguards are on duty from late June through Labor Day weekend on a designated stretch of beach, and certain restrictions apply in this area. For example, no pets, flotation devices, glass containers, or surfing is allowed.
There is a parking fee during the summer season: daily from late June through early September, and on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through the end of September. Behind the beach are dunes and bike trails lead off the parking lot. Race Point Lighthouse, which marks the tip of the Cape for passing vessels, is a close walk.
Stop by the Province Lands Visitor Center located on Race Point Road just before the beach parking. Provincetown center and the Pilgrim Monument are nearby.
Race Point Light Station
Race Point Light is a historic lighthouse on the National Register of Historic Places. The original tower, first illuminated in 1816, was replaced in 1876 with the current 45-foot tall iron-plated tower and a new keeper’s dwelling. The actual light is maintained by the Coast Guard.
The lighthouse is open year round to the public. You can visit other buildings still standing on the site, including the keeper’s house, which is available for overnight stays from the spring to the fall every year! How to access? Only by foot or off-road vehicle – The lighthouse is a 45-minute walk from Race Point Beach or access with an off-road vehicle (permit needed).
Stay in the Keeper’s House!
The Keeper’s House has been meticulously restored to its 1950’s-era beauty. Accommodations for approximately 11 people (The Keeper’s house has three bedrooms upstairs). You will be surrounded by miles of unspoiled beach with panoramic views of the ocean. Guests often see whales, seals, dolphins, and numerous species of shorebirds as they enjoy the beauty of the Cape National Seashore.
Click here to stay at in the keepers house at Race Point!
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