There are numerous ways to enjoy the Cape but one of our favorites is watching the sunset after a fun-filled day at the beach. With over 130 beaches and 559.6 miles of coastline to choose from, you really can't miss. But we've put together a list of 21 beaches with the best sunsets on Cape Cod to help narrow down your choices.
We'll start at the very tip of the Cape. You'll feel like you're at the end of the world watching the sun go down from Provincetown. Surrounded by water and with the lighthouse at Race Point Beach, you can catch some spectacular photos. Try Herring Cove, Race Point Beach, or try a sunset dune tour on the Provincetown Dunes.
Try the Great Island trail to get a spectacular view of the sunset. The trail goes through sandy stretches, along salt marshes, and pitch-pine forest. Watch for seals!
First Encounter Beach marks the location of the first encounter between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. It's a bay-side beach, but still offers incredible views of the sunset and is quite popular in the evenings.
Located in the "crook of the elbow" of the Cape, Orleans is positioned for great sunsets. Rock Harbor, with its working harbor and sandy beach, stays shallow for a long way out allowing you to see the sunset further from land. Skaket Beach is worth checking out at low tide when you can see beautiful reflections in the tidal pools that seem to stretch forever.
Sand dunes and marshes stretch for eight miles off the elbow of the Cape forming Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. It is the perfect spot for a sunset stroll for bird and wildlife spottings. The easiest walk is during low tide so check the tide schedule before you plan a sunset walk.
With Crosby Landing Beach at one end and Paine's Creek at the other, Brewster has a variety of beaches to choose from. In between are Breakwater Beach, Ellis Landing, and Point of Rocks Landing Beach. You really can't go wrong choosing from beaches in Brewster.
Chapin Memorial Beach is perfect if you want to be a bit more secluded. You'll need to walk through the dunes to reach the beach, but it's worth the extra effort. Mayflower Beach is a bit more accessible and still has great views.
Gray’s Beach is small but has a short boardwalk for great sunset views. The salt marsh makes for great evening views as well.
There are two great options in Barnstable. First, for open ocean views try Sandy Neck Beach. This is a rocky beach but has miles of trails and a lighthouse at the end of the point. For a different view, try Barnstable Harbor. The harbor offers great views of the sun setting over Sandy Neck.
Located on the south shore of the Cape and the former home of the Kennedys, Hyannis Harbor has great views of the sunset over land. Take a sunset cruise to see the view from the water.
Take a short walk out to The Knob at sunset for a gorgeous view with very few people. With its slight rise, you will be able to see New Bedford in the west, the canal entrance to the north, and the Elizabeth Islands to the south. Old Silver Beach is another option that will give you a view of the sunset over Mattapoisett and West Island.
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Finally, take a walk along the 14-mile round-trip path that runs parallel to the canal for a unique sunset view. Start in Bourne and walk east for the best views. There are plenty of spots to stop along the way.
No matter where you stop to watch the sunset, take a Cod'r with you for a true Cape experience.