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Free Beach Parking on Cape Cod
No Fees, Passes or Stickers Required 

Updated: April 6, 2021

Looking for free beach parking on Cape Cod? 

You can park at these beaches any time of year without any fee, pass or sticker required ...

Bayview Beach

Bayview Street
West Yarmouth, MA

Sea grasses framing a sandy shoreline with homes in the distanceBayview Beach

When you're in downtown Hyannis looking for a spot to hang out, cool off, and watch the boats going in and out of the Harbor, head over to Bayview. (It's on the Hyannis-Yarmouth town line.)

This is a family-friendly beach with warm, calm, shallow water. There's a play area for the kids and a nice view of the lighthouse on the inner harbor.

Parking is limited to about 20 cars.

Colonial Acres Beach

Standish Way
West Yarmouth, MA

Boardwalk over a saltwater inlet, views of the sand and calm blue oceanColonial Acres Beach

I'd rank Colonial Acres as one of the best free-parking beaches on Cape Cod.

Along with a good-sized expanse of sand to stretch out on, Colonial Acres has wide-open views of Lewis Bay and plenty of room to walk the shoreline. If you're into fishing or crabbing, bring your gear and try your luck in Mill Creek - the saltwater estuary that flows nearby.

The parking area has room for about 15 cars.

Englewood Beach

New Hampshire Avenue
West Yarmouth, MA

Clear blue sky, wide stretch of beach, jetty and waterfront homesEnglewood Beach


This neighborhood beach looks out onto a small boat anchorage. There's a swing set for the kids and enough room to toss a ball or run around and play.

On the other side of the boat ramp and pier (at top left in the photo above), there's a more quiet area with open views across Lewis Bay to Sweetheart Cove and Pine Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

At dusk, this is a favored spot for watching the spectacular sunsets over Nantucket Sound.

There are only about 20 parking spaces here, and they tend to fill up quickly on sunny summer days. 

Gray's Beach (a/k/a "Bass Hole" Beach)

Center Street
Yarmouthport, MA

People relaxing on the beach and walking in the water on a sunny dayGray's Beach

*UPDATE: April 2021

The Yarmouth Board of Selectmen have voted to institute a parking fee at Gray's Beach for the 2021 season on a one-year "trial basis".

So unless the Board re-considers and reverses this decision (which is unlikely to happen, IMHO), expect to pay a fee or show a pass to park at Gray's Beach this summer.


Gray's Beach is a favorite not so much for its size (not very large) or sand quality (a bit grainy), but because it has incredible views and tons of free amenities.

For families, there's a pavilion with picnic tables, charcoal grills, and a  good-sized playground. There are also plenty of sea-grassy spots where the little ones can hunt for hermit crabs and other sea critters. (Please leave the love ones where they are!!!)

For kayakers, boaters and anglers, the small, unpaved boat launch gives direct access to the amazing tidal areas of Bass Hole - and fantastic fishing!

And for everyone, there's the famous Bass Hole Boardwalk stretching out over the marshland. Sunsets over Cape Cod Bay are breathtaking here!!

The parking areas consist of about 50 passenger vehicle spaces, plus 5 or 6 spaces for boat trailer parking.

Oyster Pond Beach

Stage Harbor Road
Chatham, MA


Despite its name, Oyster Pond isn't a fresh water pond. It's a salt pond on an inlet from Nantucket Sound. 

Its sheltered setting, warm waters, and lack of any real "surf" make it perfect for families with younger children. Picnic tables, a swim platform, bathhouse facilities, and lifeguards (seasonal) are added bonuses.

The on-site parking lot has about 50 spaces.


Forest Beach & Pleasant Street Beach

Forest Beach Road - Pleasant Street
South Chatham, MA

Although both are relatively small stretches of sand, and they have no services or amenities, they're still worth a visit when you're looking for a free-parking beach in Chatham!

Mayo Beach

Kendrick Avenue
Wellfleet, MA

Sea grasses, sand, and gentle surf lapping the shore, boats and channel markers in the distanceMayo Beach

Mayo Beach is a popular spot for budget-minded families with children, thanks to its warm, placid waters and the excellent park and playground just across the street. It's all free to use, along with a decent amount (about 90 spaces) of free parking.

If you're planning to spend a some time at Mayo, be forewarned. At high tide, the sandy beach area gets a little skinny. And at low tide, there are miles of mudflats (home to the world-famous Wellfleet oysters!) between the beach and the water.

So do yourself a favor. Check a tide chart for Wellfleet-Cape Cod Bay before you go. The hours around half-tide (midway between high and low tide) are the best time to be here. 

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~ Good to Know ~

Most town-managed Cape Cod beaches have no admission fee. You can walk in or bike in at no charge - even in the summer months. You'll only have to pay if you want to park your vehicle in the town-owned lot.

More about beach admission and parking fees ... 

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