Nothing beats a stroll along the water's edge by the light of a full moon. NASA/Sean Smith.
There is no shortage of restaurants, theatres, and other venues on Cape Cod to make a night out truly special. After a night of drinking, dancing, taking in a show, or eating out, it can be nice to unwind on the sandy shores of the Cape and listen to the waves lap against the beach. Some may even opt to jump in for a swim.
So what are the best beaches to cap off your night? Some of them are listed right here, so read on!
- Chapin’s Beach, Dennis: Located near plenty of wonderful restaurants (Chapin’s, the Red Pheasant, Scargo, Harvest Wine Bar) and the Cape Playhouse, Chapin’s Beach is very accessible after a great night out on the town, but is also secluded enough that you won’t have to hear cars whizzing by or be bothered by passing headlights. Walk along the shoreline at high tide or go out on the flats under the moonlight if the tide is out. It is an experience that can’t be beat.
- Nauset Beach, Orleans: After spending a night out on the town in Orleans at one of the many restaurants or bars there, or perhaps after taking in a show at either the Academy of Performing Arts or the Cape Rep Theatre, take a trip down to Nauset Beach. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore while you walk under the light of the moon is incredible.
- Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable: Situated away from everything, Sandy Neck Beach is the perfect backdrop to cap off your night out on the town. Whether you spent the night in Hyannis and want to go calm down from the hustle and bustle or you just want to go and relax under the stars, Sandy Neck is a wonderful choice.
- Nauset Light Beach, Eastham: With stunning dunes and the lighthouse beacon, Nauset Light Beach is a great place for a nighttime stroll. The waves roar along the coastline and the light from the lighthouse looks quite lovely over the water and sand. This is a great place to head if you have been dining out in Eastham (Karoo Kafe, Arnold’s) or taking in a movie at the Wellfleet Drive-In or playing mini-golf.
- Paine’s Creek, Brewster: This charming Brewster bay beach is a nice spot to come and unwind and maybe even get your feet wet after a night out. Whether you have been dining out (Morello’s Taverna, the Brewster Fish House, Bramble Inn) or taking in a show at the Cape Rep Theatre, this beach is a great place to go, especially when the tide is out and you can wander the flats!
- Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet: After a night out at the Wellfleet Beachcomber, take a walk down the long flight of stairs to the shoreline at Cahoon Hollow Beach. This beach has fierce waves which look gorgeous cast in the light of the moon.
- Monument Beach, Bourne: Located near the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, Monument Beach in Bourne is a nice spot to come for a stroll after spending the night out near the bridge.
- Herring Cove, Provincetown: While the liveliness of Commercial Street is enjoyable, after all the excitement, it can be natural to want to cool down. Herring Cove is a beautiful beach and has calmer waters than Race Point, so don’t be afraid to jump for a nighttime swim!
- Lighthouse Beach, Chatham: Located near Main Street, Lighthouse Beach in Chatham is a great stop after a night out in Chatham, checking out the many stores, restaurants, and other things that the Main Street has to offer.
- Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth: This beach is closest to Falmouth center for people who are finishing a night on the town. This long beach is located right on Vineyard Sound. You can walk out on the rock jetties to take in the views, or stay put on the shore.
Of course, there are many, many beaches all over the Cape. Depending on what you are looking for, you may opt for a different beach than is on this list, be it one that is more wild or one that is a bit calmer, one that is more secluded or one that is closer to the action. Whatever beach you choose, you can’t go wrong strolling out under the stars and the moon on Cape Cod.