Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

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At Coast Guard Beach, watch shorebirds such as plovers and terns nesting in mudflats during the warmer months, and spot harbor seals in the winter. From the sandy strand, walk down the pathway and cross the bicycle trail bridge to get to the salt marsh. In the mating season at low tide, observe the seals "hauling out" onto the marsh. Ask a park ranger to tell you more about their mating habits. Amenities include limited parking, seasonal restrooms, and a wheelchair-accessible ramp. To visit Coast Guard Beach on your trip to Eastham, use our Eastham online itinerary builder .
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  • Wonderful place to spend a day at the beach in the summer. Take the shuttle they provide (no parking in summer months). Easy to get to, and one of the most beautiful views. We even got to see a group ...  more »
  • There have been tremendous changes in the beaches along the Outer Cape in the last few years. Coast Guard beach, with its imposing dunes, wide expanses at low tide, and endless horizons is one of the ...  more »
  • Great beach. Almost always good surf. Wide beaches. Relatively uncrowded. Great walks. At end of local bike path. Only drawback is parking not allowed during day unless handicapped (great for handicap...  more »
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  • Shuttle to beach is right next to another short-term parking (2hr) at Doane Rock. While the rock is cool to see, take the walk down the trail to coast guard beach (see signs). Short walk to gorgeous views of the marsh and then another short walk to coast guard beach. The beach itself is nice and clean. Crowds seem to gather right at the entry but that's also because the beach is shallower at that end. If you are not looking to swim and just want a quiet and secluded part of the beach, just walk either way!
  • Must take a shuttle to the beach so plan accordingly. But the shuttle is easy and runs every 10 minutes from open till 5:15. The beach is clean and well kept. Great for families just watch the undertow with the littles. Lots of seal sightings! We loved that. Beautiful stretch of beach with lots of walking and not commercialized.
  • Nice beach with plenty of room to spread out and play some games or relax.
  • When I'm on the Cape, I usually spend most of my time at the beaches in Chatham, but my favorites are up in Wellfleet. I saw this beach pop up on a top 10 USA beach list, so I decided to make a quick stop here and check it out. We were on our way up to Provincetown from Chatham, so we stopped quickly to check it out. One of the biggest negatives of this beach is the parking situation! You do need to park away from the beach a bit and take a shuttle over, but there are a few spots closer if you are a town resident and you probably still need a permit. There are some beautiful views from the parking lot of the salt marshes. There is a slight elevation to get down to the beach, but there is a nice temporary walkway that they put out for the season. I was here in mid-June, so the beach was not TOO crowded. It was nice here, but I wouldn't describe this (or some of the others on the list) as top ten beaches! I did notice that they have real bathrooms here, which is also a major plus, because porta-potties are disgusting! They also have some outdoor showers, which are handy for a quick rinse before leaving. While this is a great beach, there are others in this part of the Cape that I like better. I'd recommend Cahoon or LeCount Hollow in Wellfleet over this one!

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