Wellfleet Beaches & Ponds
Wellfleet has a wonderful variety of beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean and Wellfleet Harbor. The oceanside boasts iconic Ocean View Drive, towering dunes, cool surf and six miles of golden sand from Lecount Hollow at Maguire’s Landing, White Crest Beach and Cahoon Hollow Beach, all the way north to Newcomb Hollow Beach. These beaches are equipped with restrooms and lifeguards. A fifth ocean beach, Marconi Beach, is equally as beautiful and owned and maintained by the Cape Cod National Seashore.
If you prefer warmer waters and calmer surf, the bayside beaches are for you. On Wellfleet Harbor you can enjoy Indian Neck and Powers Landing for swimming and collecting shells- and the beautiful Duck Harbor, located on Cape Cod Bay, is a great place to watch the sunset. Mayo Beach abuts the Town Pier and is another good option for beachcombing or simply relaxing.
A Town of Wellfleet issued permit or parking fee is required for town-owned and operated beaches from the third weekend in June through Labor Day. Permits (“beach stickers”) can be purchased at the Beach Office located at the Town Pier. Mayo Beach is free and requires no fee or permit to park or enjoy, and daily parking is available for a fee at Marconi Beach.
Beach permit rules, costs, parking map and more: http://www.wellfleet-ma.gov/
Cape Cod National Seashore beach entrance fees and permits: https://www.nps.gov/caco/
***Please note that parking and beach policies have changed in 2020 due to COVID-19, please refer to the Town/NPS website listed above for updated information.
Wellfleet Kettle Ponds
Often considered the hidden gems of Wellfleet, the crystal clear waters of our fresh water kettle ponds are popular swimming and recreating areas that offer enjoyment for children and adults alike. They were formed 15,000 years ago from melted glacial deposits that left huge holes, which eventually filled up with water. The ponds are for those who like swimming, kayaking and quiet reflection.
See chart below detailing facilities for each pond.
Banner Photo Credit: Dave Danziger