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    The Cape Cod National Seashore allows bonfires on the beach, but only with a permit, and you must apply for the permit in person at the Province Lands Visitor Center. You can apply for your permit up to three days in advance, and pick it up by 3:30 on the day you’ll use it. There are no bonfires allowed on town beaches

    Herring Cove Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore actually comprises several beaches. Turn right at the guard shack after you pay for admission for beach access close to parking. Turn left at the guard shack and you’ll find:

    Race Point Beach, also in the Seashore, is past the airport on Race Point Road. This is a particularly family-friendly beach. If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle and want to get a permit to drive in the dunes, this is where you’ll be able to do that.

    Town beaches: You can access the town beaches on either side of MacMillan Pier or through labeled access points strategically placed throughout town. This is a great way to take a little break from a long day of shopping or sightseeing in the town!

    Long Point Beach: You can’t drive to this beach: it’s an adventure to get here! You can either walk across the breakwater on the West End of town or you can take a water taxi across Provincetown Harbor. Since it is harder to get to, it is a quieter, more secluded beach that offers a wonderful view of town and has its own lovely lighthouse.

    Hatches Harbor Beach: If you want to visit a more marshy, grassy part of town, Hatches Harbor (and the walk there) is the right place for you! You park just past Herring Cove and walk along the fire road through the salt marsh. It’s a very photogenic area so be sure to take your camera!


    Want the water without the sand? There are public swimming pools with free admission at the Crown & Anchor, the Provincetown Inn, and the Boatslip. All have cocktail bars and serve food from the inns’ respective restaurants.

    Want to Play?

    Basketball, tennis, and pickleball are all available. There are two public outdoor basketball courts in Provincetown, both of them on Bradford Street; one is in the East End and one in the West End. The Provincetown Tennis Club features five green clay courts and two synthetic grass courts. Public tennis courts are located at Motta Field.