Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown is rockier than Race Point, but that only adds to its beauty. Just make sure you have beach and/or shoes of some kind and you’ll be fine. Plus, the notoriety about its rocks keeps those who require unbroken sand away, leaving more space for you to roll out your beach blanket and, BINGO! you’ve found your own little spot of paradise.
The water is calm and warmer than most, and is a favorite location for sunset clambakes (get a fire permit first).
Recently upgraded facilities near the parking lot include lifeguards, a refreshment stand that now is just about destination worthy all by itself , showers and restrooms. Stay to the right of the entrance if you wish to reduce the possibility of encountering scantily clad sun bathers. To avoid everybody, keep going north towards Hatches harbor.
In the other direction at the far end, past the parked campers, is the entrance to the miles of trails through the lunar landscape courtesy of Provincetown’s spectacular dunes.
Herring Cove is one of six National Seashore beaches – so your on-leash pooch is welcome, even in high season!