Cape Cod Beaches that Allow Alcohol

Alcohol is banned on most beaches in Massachusetts except for select beaches in Cape Cod. Alcoholic beverages are allowed on all beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore, except for Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet from May 20, through September 10 annually.

The Cape Cod National Seashore consists of six beaches:

  • Coast Guard Beach in Eastham: One of the most popular beaches and frequently ranked among the best beaches in the United States.
  • Marconi Beach in Wellfleet: One of the most scenic and historically significant beaches within the Cape Cod National Seashore.
  • Head of the Meadow Beach in North Truro: Features a wide beach and gentle surf, making it ideal for families with young children.
  • Race Point Beach in Provincetown: A prominent and picturesque beach located at the northern tip of Cape Cod. Named after Guglielmo Marconi, who sent the first transatlantic wireless communication from a station near this beach in 1903.
  • Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown: A popular and scenic beach known for its calm waters and stunning sunsets.

Cahoon Hollow Beach is partially owned by the town of Wellfleet and the other portion is owned by the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Cahoon Hollow Beach used to allow alcohol on the half of the beach owned by Cape Cod National Seashore but it was banned in 2023 due to countless issues with large crowds, public drinking and disorderly conduct.

Open containers were never allowed on the town-owned portion of the beach. As a result of this recent ban, open containers are now banned from of all areas of Cahoon Hollow Beach.

Aside from Cahoon Hollow Beach, Cape Cod beaches are generally more relaxed than other areas of the state when it comes to rules and regulations on its beaches since it is also home to the only beaches in the state that allow bonfires and nudity.

Cape Cod is also home to the warmest beaches in Massachusetts, which are all located on the Bay Side of the cape where the water is shallower and calmer.

The Cape Cod National Seashore is a 40-mile-long protected area located on Cape Cod, established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. This national seashore covers over 43,000 acres of diverse landscapes, including pristine sandy beaches, salt marshes, ponds, and upland areas. It stretches along the eastern shore of Cape Cod, from Chatham in the south to Provincetown in the north.

Sources:
Coffey, Denise. “Too many people and too much alcohol.’ Why drinking is now banned on Cahoon Hollow Beach.” Cape Cod Times, 5 April, 2023, capecodtimes.com/story/news/local/2023/04/05/cape-cod-national-seashore-bans-alcohol-open-containers-cahoon-beach/70079204007/
Niezgoda, Abbey. “Alcohol Is Banned at a Popular Cape Beach This Summer.” NBC Boston, 7 April. 2023, nbcboston.com/news/local/alcohol-is-banned-at-a-popular-cape-beach-this-summer/3016819/
“Resource Protection, Public Use, and Recreation (36 CFR, Part 2).” National Park Service, nps.gov/caco/learn/management/compendium-section-3.htm

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