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Cape Cod Cape Cod Beaches: Save on Those Pesky Parking Fees!

Cape Cod beaches are some of the best beaches in the world. So it should come as no surprise that there’s a price tag attached to visiting them. But ... if you know how, you can save on the parking fees and still have a wonderful time on our gorgeous shoreline.

1. Go Early or Go Late.

At most public beaches on Cape Cod, parking fees are collected only during normal beach hours. That’s usually from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those are also the hours when the beaches are busiest. So it’s a win-win proposition to go to the beach early in the morning or later in the day.

Take a thermos of coffee or tea and watch the sun rise. Get lobster roll take-out from the local fish market, and have an easy dinner on the beach as the sun sets. You’ll have more beach to yourself, for free. It’s all good!

2. Get Your Exercise.

Parking fees apply to vehicles only. If you walk or ride your bike to the beach, you’ll get fresh air and exercise - and save money, too.

Plus, you’re likely to meet some friendly “locals” along the way. Lots of Cape Codders walk or bike to the beach. We don’t like paying fees or waiting for a parking spot any more than you do!

Note: At the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches, pedestrians and bicyclers are charged a small ($3 per day) entrance fee. That’s still a considerable savings over the $15 per day vehicle parking fee.

3. Take Advantage of the National Parks Service Passes.

The National Parks Service passes are a wonderful deal - especially if you’ll be staying in one of the Outer Cape towns (Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro or Provincetown) for a week or more.

Daily parking at the National Seashore beaches is $15. Depending in how many days you plan spend at the National Seashore, your savings might be significant with one of these passes:

Cape Cod National Seashore Season Pass - $45.00
America The Beautiful Annual Pass (accepted at National Parks across the USA) - $80.00/year
National Parks Service Senior Pass (for those age 62 or older) - $10.00/one-time fee
Access Pass (for those legally blind or permanently disabled) - FREE

Visit the National Seashore’s website at for more details about parking fees and passes.

4. Offseason Freedom.

Aaaah ... the offseason. That’s the time to really get out and enjoy Cape Cod beaches! Crowd-free. Traffic-free. And plenty of parking, free.

Throw on a sweater and go beachcombing. Make snow angels on the beach during a winter storm. Or just wander along the shoreline and commune with nature.

It’ll give you a whole new outlook on life. Guaranteed!

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 10/20/10
Categories: Beaches
Keywords: cape cod beaches, cape cod national seashore, parking fees,


Unfortunately, especially for beaches such as Nauset, parking fees are an important part of funding for the towns, but as you state the evening hours (usually after 5) and the off season is an excellent time to visit the wonderful beaches we have here.

Posted by Will raye from Harwich on 10/25/10 at 09:05 PM | #

I’m legally blind. I see that the National Park parking is free, Do they offer any cuts on ” town ” beach parking ? We go to Dennisport every year. It wpould be a Great Help if they had free, or at least reduced parking. I’m recently blind, and no longer make the money I used to ; Couls some one E - Mail Me ? , Please ?
’ thanks ...

Posted by Steve Pittsley from WaWare, Ma on 01/30/12 at 07:51 AM | #

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