herring cove beach of the cape cod national seashore is dog-friendly

herring cove beach in provincetown, ma

the most popular national seashore beach is herring cove,  located inside the hook of the cape where it wraps around towards the center of Provincetown.

herring cove beach is the most commercial of all the national seashore beaches with an extensive food stand and paved boardwalk. great scenery and amazing sunsets keep crowds coming back. clothing optional areas facilitate a thorough tanning experience.

beach conditions at herring cove beach

DUe to its location in provincetown harbor, herring cove beach has calmer wave conditions and warmer water conditions than other national seashore beaches located on the outer coastline of cape cod.

The waters are more like those that you would find in cape cod bay than the outer cape beaches facing the Atlantic ocean. Herring cove beach has its own unique atmosphere and experience, and is popular for families with young children due to the gentler wave conditions.

at cape beach dog we prefer the other national seashore beaches due to herring cove’s smaller wave conditions and less open shoreline scenery.

however, No matter which national seashore beach you go to, you and your cape beach dog will not be disappointed.

herring cove beach dog regulations

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.

herring cove beach parking fee info

The u.s. national park service has made access to the herring cove 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.

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 race point 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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