Race Point Beach
Race Point Beach
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Relax on sandy shores and hike dunes and grassland at this beautiful coastal stretch on the tip of Cape Cod. Spot seals sunbathing on the sandbars off the coast, and book a boat tour during the summer and fall months to see the whales that migrate through the area. Later in the day, head to the westernmost end of the beach to see the 200-year-old Race Point Lighthouse during sunset—in summer, the sun disappears right behind the lighthouse. There is ample parking nearby, and also restaurants and cafes in the area. – Tripadvisor
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  • N C
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular beach even on a cold day
    Visited in late April, and the place was active but far from crowded. People had plenty of space to spread out if that was their wish. It's gorgeous with a large, sandy beach and lovely waves rising up on the shore. Definitely worth spending some time there if you're close - or even not so close - to Provincetown.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 May 2023
  • disgustorama
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On golden sand
    Drive across the beautiful sand dunes and get to Race Point: blue water and golden sand. This is a sizable beach and you can spot seals swimming close to the shore. You will need to bring everything: umbrellas, chairs and water because there is nothing there. They do have bathrooms at the entrance close to the parking lot. A wonderful place!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • chantelbooth
    Market Harborough, United Kingdom368 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach with wildlife
    Annoying you have to pay such a high park fee when the only facilities are toilets but we wanted to visit this particular location so had to pay. Ample parking. Saw seals just off the shore. We went mid June and it was nice and warm but water freezing of course. Toilets were ok.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • T S
    Provincetown, Massachusetts4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where else can you drive miles of pristine Beach and set up with your vehicle right at the water?
    One of the best experiences of being on the Cape- the oversand access to Race Point and Hatches Harbor. I haven't parked and walked onto the paid public section of beach in over a decade, so I can't say much on that. But as a pristine spot where you can set up with the family for the day, have a beach fire (with a permit) see the most amazing sunsets over the water on the east coast.... I can't imagine anyplace better. My suggestions for enjoying this place to the fullest: Go with a 4x4 vehicle, go to the NPS race point website before going. There's a list of requirements to get the permit such as a full size spare tire, a tire Guage that goes down to 5psi, a jack, tow strap etc. So make sure you check the website and know the requirements! They have weekly access passes for about 50 bucks between April and November. If you have a self contained camper, you can get a self contained vehicle sticker and camp right on the sand. Air your tires down, that is the number one requirement to getting out there once you have the permit from the ranger station/ permit office. I drive a Chevy 2500, and run my tires at 12psi on the sand. Low and slow. It's an experience to be had if you have the opportunity. Be respectful of the beach, bring a trash bag and pick up garbage if you see it, that's always nice.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
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T S
Provincetown, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
One of the best experiences of being on the Cape- the oversand access to Race Point and Hatches Harbor. I haven't parked and walked onto the paid public section of beach in over a decade, so I can't say much on that. But as a pristine spot where you can set up with the family for the day, have a beach fire (with a permit) see the most amazing sunsets over the water on the east coast.... I can't imagine anyplace better.
My suggestions for enjoying this place to the fullest:
Go with a 4x4 vehicle, go to the NPS race point website before going. There's a list of requirements to get the permit such as a full size spare tire, a tire Guage that goes down to 5psi, a jack, tow strap etc. So make sure you check the website and know the requirements! They have weekly access passes for about 50 bucks between April and November. If you have a self contained camper, you can get a self contained vehicle sticker and camp right on the sand. Air your tires down, that is the number one requirement to getting out there once you have the permit from the ranger station/ permit office. I drive a Chevy 2500, and run my tires at 12psi on the sand. Low and slow. It's an experience to be had if you have the opportunity. Be respectful of the beach, bring a trash bag and pick up garbage if you see it, that's always nice.
Written 9 December 2023
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Debra M
Buzzards Bay3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This place was amazing! The weather was great . We saw whales and alot of seals. Can't wait to go back.
Written 16 November 2023
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galluvswarmweather
Blackwood, NJ439 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We spent the day in Provincetown. I heard this was a great beach to visit, so we did at sunset. We even saw seal’s swimming close.
Written 14 October 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,738 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We stopped here to check it out. We were able to get in with our America the beautiful pass. There was parking available without a hassle. Walked to the beach area. Very beautiful!
Written 3 September 2023
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chantelbooth
Market Harborough, UK368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Annoying you have to pay such a high park fee when the only facilities are toilets but we wanted to visit this particular location so had to pay. Ample parking. Saw seals just off the shore. We went mid June and it was nice and warm but water freezing of course. Toilets were ok.
Written 27 August 2023
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Sue H
Phoenixville, PA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful beach, could see whales breaching from the shore. They have this wonderful fabric to walk on out to the beach. Bikers can get there by a hilly bike lane which is a beautiful trip.
Written 26 July 2023
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disgustorama
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Drive across the beautiful sand dunes and get to Race Point: blue water and golden sand. This is a sizable beach and you can spot seals swimming close to the shore. You will need to bring everything: umbrellas, chairs and water because there is nothing there. They do have bathrooms at the entrance close to the parking lot. A wonderful place!
Written 23 July 2023
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Autumn M
Stamford, CT3,425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We go here every year to watch the sunset. There isn't a bad place to sit and watch. It's beautiful to walk and there are seals.
Written 22 July 2023
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Tami M
Newport, NH469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Race Point Beach is a beautiful beach - quiet in the spring. You can walk for miles on pristine sand. The sunsets are absolutely amazing!!!
Written 9 May 2023
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N C
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Visited in late April, and the place was active but far from crowded. People had plenty of space to spread out if that was their wish. It's gorgeous with a large, sandy beach and lovely waves rising up on the shore. Definitely worth spending some time there if you're close - or even not so close - to Provincetown.
Written 3 May 2023
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