Our hotel was in Hyannis, so my family and I were looking for a nearby beach. Plenty of parking in the official Kalmus lot ($10), and attendance was sparse on the two days (8/11 & 8/14/09) we were there. Beach is clean, lifeguards attentive and the swimming area well-marked. BRING WATER SHOES! At every point on this beach as you enter the water, there is a super-abundance of shell and shell fragments. The fragments aren't sharp--most appear to be small, unoccupied hermit crab shells or small-to-medium size rocks with multiple barnacles attached. The ocean here is also populated with a great deal of seaweed and other plant life. There were no waves to speak of, other than those caused by the wakes of the ferries coming and going from Martha's Vineyard. Again--the water was fun to swim, but painful to stand in. Keep your eye on the clock and make sure you know when the changing room/restroom building closes, too. Staff closes it VERY promptly at closing time. We were a minute late, and had to knock and plead to get an extra five minutes to change.
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