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Harwich Beaches Guide

A number of fine Harwich beaches line the town's shoreline on Nantucket Sound. 

Turn to the south off Route 28, make your way toward the water, and you'll quickly discover Harwich's scenic and inviting coast.

Relaxing at Earle Road Beach in HarwichQuiet Time at Earle Road Beach

Harwich MA Beach Parking Fees & Stickers

Parking Fees:
From mid-June to Labor Day, a sticker or daily fee is required during normal  beach hours. No entrance fee is charged if you walk or bike to Harwich beaches.

Daily fees ($20) are paid at the beach entrance. Weekly ($65), 2-week ($125),  and seasonal ($150) stickers are sold at the Treasurer's Office at Town Hall,  732 Main Street in Harwich. Call (508) 430-7501 for more info.

Note: From late June to Labor Day, stickers can also be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, 1 Schoolhouse Road, Harwich. A small convenience fee is added for purchases made at the Chamber. Call (508) 432-1600 for details and open hours. 

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The Best Beaches in Harwich MA

Red River Beach

This is one of the best Harwich beaches to visit if you're looking for room to spread your beach blanket out, away from other people.

Red River is a big, wide, long beach with very powdery sand. It's a nice beach for families, with plenty of room for the kids to play and gentle waters to splash around in.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Not overly crowded

  • Amenities: Lifeguard, mobile food vendor, restroom facilities. Handicap access oversand wheelchair and Mobi-Chair available.

  • Location: At the end of Uncle Venie's Lane in East Harwich, MA  (Other streets  will get you to Red River Beach. I recommend using Uncle Venie's. It's the easiest way to get here.)

  • Parking: Daily fee or sticker required.


Bank Street Beach

Bank Street is a very popular town beach for all ages. It's a little smaller than Red River Beach, but still plenty large enough to comfortably accommodate the many visitors and locals that flock here during the height of summer vacation season.

Like many other Harwich beaches, Bank Street has wonderfully soft sand and panoramic views of Nantucket Sound.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Moderately to very crowded.

  • Amenities: Lifeguards in season, food concessions, restroom facilities. Handicap access oversand wheel chair and Mobi-Chair available.

  • Location: Off Bank Street in Harwichport

  • Parking: Sticker required.

Earle Road Beach

Earle Road is a medium-sized beach, with rock jetties and gently breaking waves.

It's a little more quiet than some other Harwich beaches. Perhaps a little too quiet for families with teens who're looking for lots of activity.

Nonetheless, Earle Road is a wonderful little beach for anyone looking for some serenity on a hot summer day.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Not usually crowded

  • Amenities: Lifeguard in season. Food concession, restroom facilities. Handicap access oversand wheel chair available.

  • Location: Earle Road in Harwich

  • Parking: Daily fee or sticker required.

Pleasant Road Beach

Pleasant Road is a relatively large beach, as far as Harwich beaches go.

It's great for families, because it has most of the amenities you need when you have kids in tow. And it's also a nice place for adults to enjoy a swim or walk along the shoreline taking in the scenery.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Busy, but not usually overly crowded.

  • Amenities: Lifeguard in season, food concession, restroom facilities. Handicap access oversand wheel chair available.

  • Location: Off Pleasant Road in East Harwich

  • Parking: Daily fee or sticker required.


Atlantic Avenue Beach

Atlantic Avenue is like many Nantucket Sound beaches. The water's warm in summer, the waves are gentle, and there's a lovely view out over the Sound.

A couple things are important to know if you're going to Atlantic Avenue Beach:

First, it's set between two privately owned Harwich beaches. Be sure to stay within the boundaries of the rock jetties so you don't risk roaming onto private property.

Second, there's a steep stairway leading down to the beach. If stairs are an issue for you, you'll want to choose a different beach.

  • Body of Water: Nantucket Sound

  • Crowd Factor: Normally not too crowded.

  • Amenities: None

  • Location: Off Ocean Avenue in Harwich

  • Parking: Sticker required.

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