5 Best Beaches on Mid Cape Cod

Basshole Boardwalk at Gray's Beach in Yarmouth Port. Photo courtesy of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce.

There are 15 beaches in Dennis. Water temperature varies slightly from the North (bay--cooler) to South (Nantucket Sound) by 5 degrees. Temperature varies between 50 to 65 degrees in July and August. “It’s refreshing,” says Spyro Mitrokostas, Executive Director of the Dennis Chamber of Commerce.

1. Mayflower Beach, off Beach Street, Dennis

In 2011, Parents magazine named Mayflower Beach one of the best beaches in America. “It was literally impossible to get on the beach that summer after all of the publicity,” says Mitrokostas. Kids love the beach’s low tide, with its great distance to play. “People go early to make sure they can get on the beach; the parking lot is full on by 10 a.m. on summertime weekends.

Amenities: Family-friendly, snack bar, dressing rooms, boardwalk.

2. West Dennis Beach, Davis Beach Road, West Dennis

A full two miles long, West Dennis Beach is a great one for walkers and joggers, since you can measure your distance by the markers on the beach. You can walk the beach unimpeded (no private property), and park right next to your beach blanket in their linear parking lot.

Amenities: Snack bar, boardwalk, bath house, 1,300 parking spaces.

In season daily parking fees at Dennis public beaches are $20 Monday through Friday and $25 on weekends and holidays.

There are 50 beaches in the Yarmouth area alone. According to Bob Dubois, Executive Director of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, their flagship is Seagull Beach, and his favorite is Bass River Beach, also known as Smuggler’s Beach. 

Yarmouth beach prices are a daily fee of $15.00. Residents and seasonal property owners can purchase a season pass beach sticker for $35 available online at the website or Yarmouth Chamber Office on weekends during the summer.

3. Bass River Beach, South Shore Drive., South Yarmouth

“The lore goes that at one time, rum runners used the beach to bring ashore their stash of prohibited liquids,” he says. It offers people with limited mobility “a chance to get up close to the ocean via a handicap-accessible deck. It also has a nice boat launching ramp. It’s a bustling little beach!”

Amenities: Changing rooms, concession stand, volleyball nets, calm water, lifeguards 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4. Seagull Beach, off Seagull Road, off South Sea Ave., West Yarmouth

Amenities: Calm water, family-friendly, snack bar, outdoor showers, lifeguards 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Gray’s Beach, off Center Street, Yarmouth Port

Amenities: Picnic area, Bass Hole Boardwalk, pavilion, kayak-friendly.

“Water temperatures are similar to Dennis,” says Dubois of the Yarmouth beaches.

About the Author

Contributing Writer

Cheryl Kain has been a contract writer for Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health since 2006. She interviewed yoga legend Rod Stryker, and was featured on Good Morning America for how yoga changed her health and her life. She has written for The Cape Cod Times, The Cape Codder, Harwich Oracle, Cape Cod Travel Guide, and been entertainment editor for webzines EdgePtown, EdgeBoston, EdgeLosAngeles and EdgeNewYork. She recently finished her second book, a memoir. Visit www.cherylkainwrites.com.