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Orleans Beaches

Orleans MA beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay offer beachgoers a wonderful variety of scenery and water activities to choose from.

View of Nauset Beach from atop dunesSpringtime at Nauset Beach in Orleans, MA

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!

This icon indicates that the beach is accessible to people with disabilities via a boardwalk, ramp, Mobi-Mat, or beach wheelchair.

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The town of Orleans' public beaches are open. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, beach policies and regulations have changed significantly for this season.

* Please click here to read about Summer 2020 beach parking, services and amenities at Orleans beaches.

The Best Beaches in Orleans, MA


Nauset Beach

Atlantic Ocean surfWatching the Atlantic Ocean Surf at Nauset After a Storm

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.

  • Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

  • Crowd Factor: Very busy, but lots of room to walk and get away from the crowd.

  • Amenities: Lifeguards in season, restroom and shower facilities, phenomenal snack bar (see note below), gazebo. Handicap access surf chairs available.

  • Parking: Huge lot, but it does fill up, so get there early. Sticker or daily fee required.

UPDATE: March 6, 2018

I have sad news to report. During last week's devastating nor'easter storm, the sea reclaimed a large chunk of the Nauset Beach dunes near the parking lot. The iconic Liam's Snack Bar building was a casualty. So sorry to see it go!

Skaket Beach

Sand flats at Skaket Beach in OrleansWalking the Skaket Beach Sand at Low Tide

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!)

  • Body of Water: Cape Cod Bay

  • Crowd Factor: This beach is popular, but it's also large - especially at low tide.

  • Amenities: Lifeguards in season, restroom and shower facilities, snack bar, picnic tables. Handicap access surf chairs available.

  • Parking: The lot is decent sized, but it regularly fills up by 10 a.m. on sunny summer days. Sticker or daily fee required.


Rock Harbor Beach

People relaxing at Rock Harbor BeachAn August Afternoon at Rock Harbor Beach

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.    

  • Body of Water: Cape Cod Bay

  • Crowd Factor: Normally not overly crowded, except at fireworks time. Sunsets are popular there, too. So get there well before the sun starts to go down, to stake your claim to a patch of sand. 

  • Amenities: None.

  • Parking: Limited. No fee/sticker required.

Orleans MA Beach Parking Fees & Passes

Parking Fees:
 From late May to late September, a daily parking fee or a town-issued pass is required.

Daily Fee: $20

Seasonal Parking Pass: $220

Click here for Summer 2020 parking pass purchase information.

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