Updated: July 1, 2021
Orleans MA has beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay, offering beachgoers a wonderful variety of scenery and water activities to choose from!
Surfing on Atlantic Ocean waves, reeling in big Striped Bass and Bluefish, watching the changing colors of sunset over Cape Cod Bay ... that's just the beginning.
As you'll see below, the town of Orleans might not have as many saltwater beaches as some other towns. But the ones it does have are beauties!
Nauset Beach is a mecca for surfers, boogie-boarders, sun-seekers, fishermen, and photographers from all over the world.
No wonder this spectacularly beautiful, long stretch of sand is regularly named a "Top 10 Beach" by prestigeous travel publications!
As wonderful as it is, Nauset Beach is not for faint-of-heart swimmers. The waves here are big and strong, and the water's cold.
Orleans beaches don't get any kid-friendlier than this!
When you're looking for warm water, soft sand, gentle surf, and a safe place for young children to explore the seashore, Skaket Beach is it.
Skaket is also a fantastic place for an evening stroll as the sun sets over Cape Cod Bay. (Be sure your camera is charged up ... you'll want to snap lots of shots of the setting sun!)
The beach at Rock Harbor is a great place to hang out and watch the fishing boats, experience the amazing Cape Cod Bay tide change, and see a spectacular sunset.
It's also home to the best lobster rolls and clam chowder on Cape Cod, from Young's Seafood shack at Rock Harbor.
In season, Nauset Beach and Skaket Beach have beach wheelchairs to help visitors with mobility limitations access and enjoy the beach.
Beach wheelchair availability is on a first come, first served basis. On occasion, wheelchairs may not be available due to weather conditions or beach staffing limitations.
For more information about accessibility at Orleans beaches, contact the Sticker Office at (508) 240-3790.
A daily fee or town-issued sticker is required for vehicle parking at Nauset Beach and at Skaket Beach from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: