Be sure to arrive early to the beaches on very hot days as the parking
lots fill up quickly.
Nauset Beach is only 2.5 miles
from the Cove Motel. It offers miles of white sand on the Atlantic
Ocean with great surf, rest rooms and a snack bar.
Skaket Beach on Cape Cod Bay,
about 1.5 miles
from the Cove Motel, has warmer, calmer waters and large tidal flats,
rest rooms and a snack shop. It is ideal for children and people
who would rather avoid ocean waves. Sunsets are spectacular from
this vantage point.
Crystal Lake on Monument Road, Orleans, has eight-car parking on the Monument Road side and a handicapped ramp on the Route 28 side.
Pilgrim Lake, Herring Brook Rd., a freshwater pond is handicapped
accessible and offers lifeguards, restrooms, picnic tables and a
launching area for small boats.
Rock Harbor is one of Orlean’s main attractions. Visit the harbor
when the fleet comes in with the day’s catch or at dusk to watch
the sunset over the bay.
Cape Cod National Seashore
In 1961, after years of work by Cape
Codders, President John F. Kennedy signed the bill that created the
Cape’s National Seashore. This tract of land, spreading from Chatham
to the tip of Provincetown comprises 43,604 acres of shoreline and
upland including a forty-mile long stretch of pristine sandy beach
and dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds.
A variety of historic structures are within the boundaries of the
Seashore, including lighthouses, a lifesaving station and numerous
Cape Cod style houses. The Seashore offers six swimming beaches,
eleven self-guided nature trails, a variety of picnic areas and scenic
overlooks. Beach entrance fees are collected from late June through
early September when lifeguards are on duty and on weekends and holidays
from Memorial Day to late June, and from Labor Day through Columbus