Chances are you’re going to have to pay to play. We’ve gathered together information and links to help you get the latest information about 2022 fees and stickers from Cape Cod towns and other sources.
Discover more about every Cape Cod beach: Cape Cod Beach Guide 2022
Things you should know
Many town beach offices have switched to an online/mail-in process for stickers.
For new visitors to Cape Cod it is helpful to know that in most cases, access to public beaches is administered by individual towns, often in the form of a pass or sticker. Depending on the town, these passes can vary in the length of time they are good for, which may be handy for short-term visits to Cape Cod.
Beach-going residents of Cape Cod often purchase a season pass for their town.
Cape Cod National Seashore beaches operate differently: their fee system includes daily fees and a season pass that is usable at all six Seashore beaches. Several other types of passes (including senior citizen lifetime passes) are available, these are also usable at other National Park sites. Of note for families with young children or less capable swimmers: four of the six Seashore beaches are located on the backshore of the Outer Cape: surf conditions and water temperatures can be challenging. The other two: Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown aren’t as gentle or warm as Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound beaches, but tend to be less challenging than backshore beaches.
South Cape Beach State Park in Mashpee and Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sagamore are administered by the state of Massachusetts. Daily parking fees are offered (Massachusetts residents pay less than non-Massachusetts residents) and Massachusetts residents may also purchase an annual parking pass that is good at most state parks that charge for parking. A senior citizen lifetime parking pass is also available for Massachusetts residents.
Some Cape Cod beaches allow visitors to pay a daily rate. These include Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, South Cape Beach State Park, Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandy Neck Beach Park in West Barnstable and other well-known beaches, including Nauset and Skaket beaches in Orleans and West Dennis Beach. This allows some freedom of choice and the opportunity to visit beaches in different areas of the Cape.
Those who live at Joint Base Cape Cod may be able to take advantage of their free beach pass program.
Links to town, state and federal Cape beach fees and more
ORLEANS BEACHES STICKER INFORMATION
PROVINCETOWN BEACHES STICKER INFORMATION
Those who live at Joint Base Cape Cod may be able to take advantage of their free BEACH PASS PROGRAM.
This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Cape Cod beach sticker information 2022