The first national seashore managed beach you’ll reach as you travel up route 6 from mainland massachusetts is coast guard beach in Eastham. coast guard beach’s picturesque dunes and sand quality consistently rank it on lists of the top 10 beaches in the United States.
The salt pont visitor center is located near coast guard beach, and can provide you with helpful information to plan activities during your cape code vacation.
Parking at Coast Guard is unique among the seashore beaches. Coast Guard beach’s main parking area was lost due to erosion in the 1970’s. Coast Guard beach has a shuttle that delivers beach goers from the newer parking area to the beach. Shuttles run constantly but can become busy at peak times. Coast Guard beach has a large enough parking lot area so you will always find parking even during the height of the summer beach season.
The salt pond visitor center is located near the entrance to coast guard beach, adjacent to route 6. A large sign on the eastbound side of the roadway near the salt pond visitor center will inform you of the parking lot capacity at Coast Guard and the other seashore beaches further up the highway.
The cape cod national seashore beaches all share the same dog regulations: Dogs are allowed beyond the lifeguard protected sections of the beach. Dogs are required to remain leashed. Tickets are given to violators, so be aware.
The u.s. national park service has made access to the coast guard beach and the cape cod seashore beaches affordable to all visitors. a one-day parking pass at herring cove beach is $15, but $45 will purchase a season-long pass for your vehicle. ORV vehicle passes are also available at the cape cod national seashore for select beaches with oversand vehicle trails.
If you are over 65 you are eligible for a lifetime national parks pass for $10 which grants access to you and all passengers in your car. There are also free weekends at the beginning and end of each season.
The money from sticker fees at coast guard beach is directed back to the national seashore beaches to provide the bathrooms, changing rooms, outdoor showers, lifeguards and park rangers that keep the park safe, clean and enjoyable for the thousands of visitors who enjoy these unspoiled cape cod beaches each year.
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