Herring Cove Beach
Herring Cove Beach
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Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Herring Cove is Provincetown's most popular beach.
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Sunshine612950
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Another wonderful visit. We were in Ptown for an event and had a free day. From the parking lot head left down the beach for a 10-15 minutes walk. Soon enough you'll see people enjoying the sun all over their bodies. Stop, strip, and continue walking until you find a nice place to set up. Bring your drink of choice, food and enjoy the day.
We were a group of 3 couples so we only walked another 2-3 minutes after shedding our clothes.

A good time was had by all. The couple next to us even joined us for a few beach games when we needed 4 on 4. We mixed up the couples and the girls vs boys games were very competitive.

No need to put anything on if you go for walks continuing down the beach. My partner and I walked down to the lighthouse, we passed many other similar people and no one seemed to care.

Go, walk left, leave your suits behind and enjoy the day.
Written April 4, 2024
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
No swimming for us at the end of October but it was still quite interesting to see the beach and walk along the shore. Of course, the pavilion was closed but parking was easy (there was only one other car there).
Written December 30, 2023
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS988 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
There is plenty of room here to enjoy the sand & the water. There is ample parking & nice views. This is what Cape Cod is all about.
Written September 25, 2023
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BLMerce
Kensington, MD919 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We parked to the left as there were less cars and a handicapped entrance to the beach. We were told that seals are here. Grandsons wanted to see seals, but none appeared. Collected a few unusual stones and left. People were resting and some were swimming.
Written September 14, 2023
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Jessica O
Boston, MA430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Nude at the Herring Cove Pavilion

Recently, my husband and I took a day trip to Herring Cove Beach at the tip of Cape Cod. It had been so hot that we were in the habit of going nude at home, so we drove nude to the beach. On the way down, I enjoyed some creamy snacks that my husband provided for my morning protein.

After paying $25 at the entrance, we parked close to the left of the pavilion. My husband put a baggie swimsuit on (a pouch that ties around the base of his genitals), but I stayed naked as we walked to the restrooms at the pavilion. According to the rules, genitals and female nipples are supposed to be covered. But hardly anyone was around at 10:30 AM, so I took a chance. No one said a thing.

Then we hopped back in the car and rode to the far left end of the parking lot. From there we walked further down the beach for about 5-6 minutes. Dozens of people were already on the beach, but to the extent that people saw me naked and my husband almost naked as we walked by – given the towels, umbrella, cooler, etc. that we were carrying – not a negative word was spoken.

We walked until we came to the No Pets signs. There are now two rows of such signs, separated by about 100 feet. We set up closer to the second set than to the first.

My husband removed his swimsuit and we spent all day on the beach naked. A few m/f couples and two single men were also nude a little farther down the beach. Walking for another 10 minutes or so would get you to the gay men’s beach, which includes its own nude section. We’ve been there, done that.

There was a nice breeze, and the water was warm and gentle. We had enough food and drink to last the entire day. When the mood struck, we engaged in intensive 1-on-1 activity. I can say that the mood struck more than once.

In the afternoon, a lifeguard on an ATV came down and turned around between the two sets of No Pets signs. There were no beach patrols by Park Rangers.

When we left (after 6:00 PM), we walked back to our car as we were (both naked). There were still quite a number of people on the beach, but they paid us no heed. The lifeguards had called it a day, and no Park Rangers were in evidence as we walked to the pavilion – me naked and my husband once again wearing his pouch swimsuit.

After rinsing off in the indoor showers, we got in the car and headed home. Several people saw us walking to and from the pavilion, but all acted as if our appearances were nothing out of the ordinary. Who knows what they thought or did behind our backs. We didn’t hang around to find out.
Written August 12, 2023
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Linda P
Ballston Spa, NY384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
You can drive to this beach and all the amenities are there in season- lots of parking, bathrooms, changing room, food, picnic tables, entrance to bike paths, but I love the walking path through the tidal river found much closer to town on RT6. Opening is marked with a sign, bicycles often line the fence. You cannot park a car here. Go at low tide, and wear water shoes or bare feet. Nature back there is quiet and lovely. Birds may dive during particular nesting seasons and entrance onto the ocean portion is often roped so nests are undisturbed so follow the footprints around the ropes. You can walk to this portion from the formal beach area and even continue to the breakwater back across to town, but it will be a couple hours, bring water. Coyotes do not seem to be a problem currently but I always keep my eyes open and DO NOT eat food.
Written May 31, 2023
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NYCTRAVELER329
Gardiner, NY90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were exploring outdoors activities and always love National Parks. This place is a gem! We had the beach all to ourselves. Not crowded at all.
Written April 1, 2023
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smilgaki
London, UK2,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Walked here from Provincetown- it took us about 40 minutes from the centre of town. It's an easy walk - there is a pavement/cycle path all along the route.
The beach was clean, and towards the end of September, pretty deserted.
Written October 8, 2022
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M O
Lakewood, OH127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Herring cove is my favorite beach not just because of the beach but because of the snack bar with changing rooms and real restrooms next to it. Makes spending the whole day there so much easier and comfortable. Bus stop from town stops and picks up so conveniently. Race point is great but there were only porta potties when I went and they were in the parking lot. Herring Cove is way better!
Written September 14, 2022
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Ann Marie D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Great sunsets at this beach. Easy parking and a short walk to the beach. Will definitely come back here
Written August 20, 2022
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