Provincetown Cape Cod Attractions and Beaches

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Provincetown Cape Cod Attractions and Beaches

Are you planning a beach holiday in the USA? Then take time for the Provincetown Cape Cod sights and beaches. The town is located at the tip of Cape CodIt is known for its gay community. But it offers so much more. Its proximity to the sea, its history dating back to the Pilgrim Fathers and its artists' colony make it a place worth visiting. You can experience the party hustle and bustle along Commercial Street in the evenings. If you are looking for peace and quiet, pack a picnic and spend the evening on one of the beaches in the area. The city is definitely worth a visit. It has something for every visitor.



You need time for the Provincetown Cape Cod sights and beaches. Especially for the beaches, because there are many of them. They are among the most beautiful ones Massachusetts has to offer. One of our USA travel tips for Cape Cod. One day is enough to see the Provincetown sights. However, there is plenty to do in the area. A drive through the dunes shows you Cape Cod from an unusual perspective. Make time for whale watching. And above all: discover the beaches. With its colorful hustle and bustle, which is characterized by the lifestyle of the artists and the local gays, Provincetown exerts a very special attraction on its visitors. In addition, you only have the opportunity to experience one of the great sunsets on one of the beaches if you spend a few days there.


Harbor Beach with the best views of Provincetown Cape Cod - USA travel tips
Harbor Beach with the best views of Provincetown Cape Cod

The dunes in the National Seashore Park

Art's Dune Tours are worth a trip. You drive through the dunes in the National Seashore Park in an off-road vehicle. The dunes are not accessible with private cars. A drive through the loneliness of the dune landscape is all the more impressive. In between one of the cottages pops up that are rented to artists and people who are looking for seclusion. The waiting list for those is long. Life in the dunes is simple and without the achievements of modern civilization such as running water or electricity. Instead, the residents enjoy the heavenly tranquility of a landscape that is second to none. For us the dunes of the National Seashore Park were probably the most impressive Provincetown sights. If you want, you can then swap the off-road vehicle for a kayak and paddle along the coast with it. Art offers tours for all tastes.

Art's Dune Tours
4 Standish St
Provincetown, MA 02657
Tel. + 1 508 487 1950

Whale Watching with the guarantee to see whales

In particular, the beaches that face Cape Cod Bay are best seen from whale watch boats. These boats depart from the Provincetown pier throughout the day. The Cape Cod whale watching season is long. The whales usually roam the waters of Cape Cod Bay between April and October. The schools of mackerel attract them. However, whales have already been sighted from mid-March to mid-November. The best time of day for whale watching is usually morning. Then the sea is calmer and the whales are easier to see. In the afternoon the wind often picks up, which means that the waves are higher. This makes the whales not so easy to spot. Locals recommend going out on the second boat of the day as the first boat has already spotted the whales and reports the sightings to all subsequent boats.

Provincetown Whale Watching Best Time: from April to October

Provincetown landmarks

In addition to the dune tours, whale watching excursions and the Pilgrim Memorial, Provincetown's attractions are limited. In Commercial Street there are galleries and souvenir shops that invite you to take a stroll. The best way to experience Provincetown's attractions is to take in the mix of the cool gay community lifestyle. The gay movement's rainbow flag hangs in front of the door of many houses and shops. People like to come out here. Many hotels and B & Bs are owned by gay couples. They look after their accommodations lovingly and often with great taste. Other Provincetown attractions include the beaches and these activities:

  • The Race Point Beach Lighthouse
  • The Cape Cod Provincelands Trail
  • The Long Point Lighthouse
  • The Beech Forest
  • McMillan Peer
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Art's Dune Tours
  • Provincetown Theater
  • Charles Baltivik Gallery and Sculpture Garden
  • Adam Peck Gallery
  • Impulse Art Gallery
  • Old Harbor Life Saving Station
  • whale watching


Provincetown restaurants

These restaurants are located off Provincetown Harbor on Commercial Street and near Provincetown Beach:

  • The Lobster Pot, 321 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-0842
  • The Squealing Pig, 335 Commercial St. Tel. 508-487-5804
  • Tin Pan Alley, 269 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-1648
  • Ross' Grill, 237 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-8878
  • The Canteen, 225 Commercial St., Tel. 508-487-3800


Where can I find the most beautiful beaches around Provincetown?

The question of where the most beautiful beaches around Provincetown, Cape Cod are located, is not so easy to answer. The reason is that there are many. No wonder! The Cape Cod National Seashore- the protected landscape dunes of the peninsula - is practically on the doorstep. If you drive to the end of the sandy elbow of Cape Cod and look for good beaches, you're spoiled for choice. Therefore, here we present you the most beautiful beaches in the vicinity of the city at the extreme end of the elbow-shaped peninsula. You can see them in one day. However, it is much more fun to take time for this region and explore it in detail. Because there are many ways to do this.

You want to get an idea of ​​the city and its surroundings. This selection of Provincetown Webcams gives you first impressions of the city at the bottom of Cape Cod's elbow. Find out, what the city offers you.

Do you like to travel by motorhome?

  • Do you want to rent a mobile home? Then you will find information and a selection of booking options.
  • Be sure to check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
  • Near Provincetown is Dunes' Edge Campground, 386 US-6, Provincetown, MA 02657, United States. However, there are more in the region.
  • A Campsite guide for the region (in English) * For example, you can order here.

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Beaches you should not miss


Harbor Beach in Provincetown Cape Cod

This beach is the most easily accessible beach from Provincetown. It's best to park your car at MacMillan Wharf (where the whale watching tour boats in Provincetown start). Incidentally, the Provincetown Whale Watch Tours are so successful that they guarantee the sighting of whales. If you still don't see one, you can repeat your tour on another day. From there you have direct access to the beach and can take a beach hike past the pretty villas and houses along the Provincetown harbor bay.


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From the Whale Watching Wharf in Provincetown Harbor you have a good view of the city, the Pilgrim Monument and the miles of sandy beach that stretches along the north shore of the city. It is also where whale watching boats depart from Stellwagen Bay, the bay that connects Cape Cod and Boston.


Harbor Beach in Provincetown Cape Cod with boats
Provincetown Harbor with boats


This beach is perfect for anyone who wants to see Provincetown from an unusual perspective. Most visitors choose Commercial Street for a stroll through town past its countless shops and restaurants. A walk along the beach parallel to the main street with a view of the harbour, the boats and the pretty beach houses leaves a completely different impression.


With Provincetown Dune Tours to Race Point Beach, one of the Provincetown attractions
Provincetown Dune Tours pass Race Point Beach


Race Point at the Cape Cod National Seashore

The Race Point Beach is located beyond the dunes in the south of the city. This can be reached via the driveway to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Parking is available south of the airport. This stretch of beach is open to the public for an entrance fee payable before entering the National Seashore.
However, this viewing point of the former Coast Guard Station pictured here can only be reached on a guided jeep tour through the dune landscapes south of Provincetown, which are offered from downtown. The Provincetown Dune Tours are not only worthwhile for the drive through the dunes. You will also learn a lot of interesting things about the flora and fauna of the dunes. We were most fascinated by the stories about the people who chose the lonely dune landscapes to build their cottages there.


Beach of Herring Cove
Provincetown Lighthouse at Herring Cove Beach


Herring Cove Beach at the eastern tip of the Cape

Herring Cove Beach is located on the eastern tip of Cape Cod near Provincetown and can be reached via both Highway 6 and Highway 6a. Strictly speaking, the narrow sandy beach is at the east end of the two streets. Herring Cove Beach is popular with the city's residents because it is where you can experience the most beautiful sunsets.

Many people pack a picnic and sit with a glass of champagne and delicious lobster rolls and wait for the setting sun to light up the sky in the most beautiful colors. It is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.


Long Point Beach overlooking the tower
Long Point Beach overlooking Provincetown Tower


Long Point Beach - only accessible by boat or on foot

The Long Point Beach is located on the headland, which points toward Provincetown at the end of Cape Cod. It is not accessible by car, but only by boat or on foot from the end of Commercial Street. Because of its seclusion, this beach is almost deserted.

This is one of the Beaches of Cape Cod, which is best seen from the sea. The whale watching tours pass by it on their way out into Stellwagen Bay. From the boat you have a complete overview of the beach and the town with the Provincetown Monument.

That belongs in the suitcase:

  • An windbreaker - Since Provincetown is located by the sea, the wind is blowing there almost always. You should definitely pack a windbreaker.
  • Practical is also a baseball cap *that keeps hair in check even in strong winds.
  • What you need for your Beach vacation . Use our checklist to pack your suitcase .
  • Slippers * are necessary. If you are planning a day or a longer stay on the beach, then bathing shoes must be in the suitcase.
  • In summer - and often in autumn - Cape Cod is warm and sunny. Therefore, we also recommend a sun hat.

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Info about Cape Cod and New England

Cape Cod

  • The best beach on Cape Cod Beautiful beaches aren't just around Provincetown and at Cape Cod National Seashore. On this page, in addition to the Provincetown sights, we present other beaches that are worth a detour. You will definitely need several days to get to know everyone. If you have less time, we recommend at least one stop at Nauset Beach near Chatham.


  • Rockport, Massachusetts, a fishing village on the north side of the bay. It's quite a drive to get there from Cape Cod. However, the place is well worth the effort. In any case, we recommend planning to spend several days there. The surrounding area also offers a number of sights.


  • The Sandwich Cape Cod's oldest settlement. You shouldn't miss this place. It offers some sights that also give you an insight into what life used to be like on the island.

Cranberry harvest

  • Cranberry harvest Cranberries are harvested on Cape Cod in the fall. We didn't get a chance to see this on our trip to the peninsula. We were there too early in the year for that. However, in Ontario, Canada, we visited a cranberry farm at harvest time. We present impressions of this in our report. On Cape Cod, however, things are a little different. There the cranberry fields are flooded. Then the fruit is knocked off the plants with machines. The healthy fruits float up in the water. They are then skimmed off the surface of the water. This is definitely a feast for the eyes. The red fruits cover the surface of water that forms on the field. If you're on Cape Cod at cranberry harvest time, don't miss seeing the harvest.

Pilgrim Fathers

  • Learn more about the Pilgrim Fathers . Having crossed the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower, they first landed on Cape Cod. First Encounter Beach on the peninsula commemorates this. There they met the first Indians. However, they quickly realized that the region would not ensure their survival. Therefore, they boarded their ship again and sailed further into Plymouth Bay. There they established their first settlement in North America. If you are interested in the history of the Pilgrim Fathers, you can find a story about it at this link Pilgrim Fathers Museum in Leiden, Holland. This is reminiscent of their time in Holland. It was there that they fled when persecution increased in England. However, they soon realized that even in their new homeland they could not live the life they longed for. So they joined a group of other Puritans who wanted to leave England. The goal was actually the English colony in Northern Virginia. However, a storm brought them to the New England coast. Here they built their own lives as they wished. The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial in Provincetown commemorates them.


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Source: On-site research for Best Beaches on Cape Cod. We financed this trip ourselves.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Provincetown Cape Cod Attractions and Beaches

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

8 thoughts too "Provincetown Cape Cod Attractions and Beaches"

  1. Hi monika,
    Cape Cod has been on my travel list for a long time, even though the US has recently slipped a bit further down the bucket list. For reasons. But times are changing again ...
    I've been to the US before, even a week in New York, but unfortunately we didn't make the trip to the Cape. Next time, it will definitely be made up for.
    I find your photo "Race Point Beach" particularly charming. Fantastically beautiful. I could hang it on the wall immediately! Would also be great as a calendar sheet. The picnic idea is also a good tip!
    Thank you so much for the really very helpful contribution.

    1. Liebe Claudia,

      I'm glad if you like our article about Cape Cod. The beaches around Provincetown are gorgeous and very varied. Cape Cod lures us again - but only in a few years.

      Best regards,

    1. Yes that's true. The selection of beaches around Provincetown is large and varied. We did not stay there long enough to test everyone, but the ones we visited were all class.

  2. Hello you two,

    Once again, you're dreaming to come up with this great report. New England has to be fascinating and the landscape is so wonderfully rough and yet beautiful. That was definitely a great time there.


    1. Hello Victoria,

      yes, the dunes and beach landscapes around Provincetown are already very impressive. No wonder this is also a national park.

      Best regards,

  3. Hello Monika and Petar,
    As a teenager I read a novel that played on Cape Cod. The descriptions of the landscape I found inspiring even then, but somehow I never came up with the idea to travel there. The dune landscape, however, I find very attractive and whale watching is a great thing. Renting a cottage here would be great.
    Best regards,

    1. Hello Ricarda,

      We've been to Cape Cod a few times, and I've often been there during my time as a tour guide. I love Cape Cod since I saw the peninsula for the first time. There are not only the dunes, beaches and whales interesting. I also like the lifestyle of the people there very well.

      Best regards,

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