Herring Cove Beach

Fast Facts

  • Dates: Open all year
  • Fee Dates: Late spring to end of September
  • Free Times: Daily after 6 pm
  • Parking Fees: $25 day, $60 season, all NPS Cape beaches, $15 motorcycles, $10 walk-in
  • Times: open 6 am to midnight
  • Fires: Permit required, limited number
  • No pets in active shorebird areas that are marked
  • Lifeguards: in season (third week of June to first Monday in Sept.)
  • Parking spaces: approximately about 600 spaces in 2 lots

What makes Herring Cove unique?

Herring Cove and Race Point are the largest beaches in Provincetown. Herring Cove is unique with more parking and better facilities than any beach on Cape Cod. There are two parking lots, the north parking lot, along the beach, features over 200 parking spaces and the larger south lot has over 400 spaces. There are public restrooms and a snack bar run by Far Lands Provisions.

Herring Cove Beach is a wide with handicap friendly mats over the sand that allow you to roll right up to the beach. This bay beach faces west and is a favorite spot for watching the sunset.

The waves are gentle here and that makes it great for children. The beach has rocky areas that can be tough on the feet.

The National Park Service does a great job of maintaining the facilities here. The parking lot, the stairs, the restrooms and the bathhouse are in great shape.

The National Park Service offers great deals like:

  • Free Annual Passes for active military members and dependents
  • Lifetime Senior Passes for anyone 62+ years for $80.00
  • Annual Senior Passes @ $20.00
  • Access Passes @ $10.00 processing fee, lifetime pass for those with permanent disabilities
  • Annual Passes @ $80.00 per year for access to more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites

Herring Cove Photos


Herring Cove Resource Pages


Map of Herring Cove Beach

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