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Falmouth Beaches 

Updated: August 15, 2022

Falmouth beaches are among the nicest in the Upper Cape Cod region. 

The Bay and Sound waters are wonderful for families - warmer than the Atlantic Ocean (many, many degrees warmer!), and normally quite calm.

People on the beach, striped sun umbrellas and beautiful blue waterA Sunny Summer Day at the Beach in Falmouth

The Best Beaches in Falmouth MA

Old Silver Beach

Nearly deserted beach on a warm, blue-sky dayOld Silver Beach in September

Old Silver is the most popular of all Falmouth beaches, for good reason. It's long and wide, has beautifully clear water, powdery soft sand, and the views are amazing!

There's a pretty little inlet that runs from the Bay to a salt marsh on the other side of the road. That's my favorite place to get away from the crowd and hang out.

All in all, this is a wonderful beach for all ages.

  • Body of Water: Buzzards Bay

  • Crowd Factor: Of all the public Falmouth beaches, this is the busiest.

  • Amenities: Lifeguard, food concessions, restroom and shower facilities, picnic area.

  • Location: Off Quaker Road in North Falmouth

  • Parking: Lots fill up early during the summer, sometimes by 9 a.m. So plan to get there early and stay a while. Daily fee or sticker required.

  • Note: Watch out for strong currents, especially around the times of high tide, and particularly in the area near the jetty.

Chapoquoit Beach

Peeks of blue sky among the clouds, roiling water and waves, people on the beach, child exploring seaweed washed up by a stormChapoquoit Beach After a Storm

Chapoquoit is a favorite with many "locals" looking to get away from it all. It's situated on a spit of land that pokes out into Buzzards Bay, giving it a somewhat secluded feel.

The beach is long and a bit narrow with a wide open view of the Bay.

  • Body of Water: Buzzards Bay

  • Crowd Factor: Rarely gets very crowded

  • Amenities: Lifeguard, food concession, restrooms. Stairway leads to the beach.

  • Location: Chapoquoit Road (off Rt. 28A) in West Falmouth

  • Parking: Large lot. Sticker required.

Surf Drive Beach

Children playing in the water, family sitting on the beach, jetty in the backgroundSurf Drive Beach

Surf Drive Beach is located just a few minutes drive or bike ride from the center of Falmouth Village. And a gorgeous drive it is, with amazing views of Vineyard Sound and Martha's Vineyard!

This beach is long and roomy, with gentle waves. There's a small inlet just north of the beach area that's great for little kids to explore.

The snack bar at Surf Drive is one of the best anywhere (in my humble opinion). It's not just the usual burgers, dogs and nachos at this snack bar. Try a grilled chicken sandwich and a fruit smoothie for a yummy and healthy lunch.

  • Body of Water: Vineyard Sound/Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Popular, but not overly crowded

  • Amenities: Lifeguard, snack bar, restroom and shower facilities.

  • Location: Surf Drive in Falmouth

  • Parking: Large lot. Daily fee or sticker required.

Falmouth Heights Beach

Nearly empty beach, clear sky and blue water, buildings in the distanceA Peaceful Day at Falmouth Heights Beach

Falmouth Heights is a great beach for families with teens, for young adults, and for anyone who's looking for a Falmouth beach where there's plenty of activity.

Want more peace and quiet? Falmouth Heights Beach is also long enough that you'll find room to get away from it all when you're ready to enjoy the warm waters and soft sand in a more serene mode.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Very popular but plenty of space

  • Amenities: Lifeguards, food concession, restroom facilities

  • Location: Off Falmouth Heights Road in Falmouth Heights.

  • Parking: Large lot. Sticker required.

Menauhant Beach

Menauhant is one of the more secluded-feeling Falmouth beaches, set in a quiet East Falmouth neighborhood.

The warmer water, soft wave action and long, narrow stretch of sand are perfect for a laid-back day watching the wildlife, picking up shells, or just hanging out on the beach.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Rarely gets very crowded

  • Amenities: Lifeguard, ice cream truck, restroom facilities.

  • Location: Off Menauhant Road in East Falmouth

  • Parking: Good sized parking area. Daily fee or sticker required.

Handicap Accessible Beaches in Falmouth

In season, beach wheelchairs and Mobi-mats are available to help visitors with physical limitations access and enjoy the town's beaches.

Beach wheelchairs are available for delivery to the following Falmouth beaches from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily:

  • Bristol
  • Chapoquoit
  • Falmouth Heights
  • Megansett
  • Menauhant
  • Old Silver
  • Stoney
  • Surf Drive
  • Woodneck

*Note - Beach wheelchairs must be reserved by calling (508) 548-8623 at least one day in advance.

Availability is on a first come, first served basis. On occasion, wheelchairs may not be available due to weather conditions or beach staffing limitations.

Mats/ramps are available at the following beaches:

  • Chapoquoit (mat)
  • Falmouth Heights (ramp)
  • Menauhant (mat)
  • Old Silver (ramp)
  • Surf Drive (mat)

For more information about accessibility at the town-managed beaches in Falmouth, contact the Beach Department at (508) 548-8623.

For info about beach stickers and daily fees, see  Falmouth Beach Dept. website.

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