Race Point 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 280 spaces

What makes Race Point unique?

Race Point and Herring Cove are the largest beaches in Provincetown. Race Point is unique with a national park ranger station that sits on a grass hill above the beach. I’ve always thought that it looks like something out of an Andrew Wyeth painting.

Race Point is unique in several other ways. The beach sits right above the Provincetown Airport. It also has a vast stretch of grasslands that separate the beach from the parking lot, and it is a pretty good hike over to the beach if you have lots of gear. The beach is wide and a little steeper than some other Cape beaches. The Race Point Lighthouse is located at the point of Cape Cod and provides a hefty hike for the adventurous. Along Pole Line Road, it is a 2.7-mile hike and along the beach is a little over three miles.

There are large parking lots here and spaces for RV’s. You can also get a permit to drive your RV out on the beach and set up camp.

This Atlantic beach has stronger waves than Herring Cove, and it can be quite brutal in storms. See the photos below that we took after a particularly nasty Nor’easter.

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

Race Point Photos


Race Point Resource Pages


Map of Race Point Beach

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