Ocean, Bay and Ponds
Wellfleet has a wonderful variety of beaches with both fresh and salt water. A permit or parking fee is required at town-owned and operated beaches from the third weekend in June through Labor Day. Stickers can be purchased at the Beach Sticker booth at the Town Pier. Current sticker prices can be found here. The town operates four ocean beaches equipped with restrooms and lifeguards: Newcomb Hollow beach, Cahoon Hollow Beach, White Crest beach and Maguire's Landing. A fifth ocean beach, Marconi, is owned and maintained by the National Seashore. Daily parking is available for a fee at Cahoon Hollow Beach, Whitecrest Beach and at Marconi.
Ocean beaches offer opportunities for body and board surfing, boogie boards and swimming. Surfing is permited at town beaches outside of the "town operated" areas and hang gliders are restricted to White Crest Beach, and are allowed only before 9 AM and after 5 PM. Parking along Ocean View Drive is prohibited and subject to fine and towing, even with a beach parking permit.
Wellfleet has beautiful sunrises on the ocean side of town and beautiful sunsets on the bay side.
Bay beaches appeal to those wanting warmer, calmer salt water. Town operated bay beaches are Indian Neck, Burton Baker Beach, Mayo Beach, Powers Landing and Duck Harbor. Windsurfing is only allowed at Burton Baker Beach, and at Indian Neck, and only during certain hours of each tide, so windsurfers should obtain a copy of the regulations at the Beach Sticker Booth on the Town Pier.
The Wellfleet Town Pier is home to our commercial fishing fleet as well as numerous charter boats, sailboats, and motorized pleasure crafts. This is a great place to catch one of our famous sunsets!
Gull Pond is a perfect choice for families! It has a sandy bottom beach, a swimming float, and sailboat, kayak, and paddle boat rentals.
Wellfleet'sfresh water Kettle Ponds are a major attraction for families with young children and those wishing to kayak or canoe. Public beaches are maintained with restrooms and lifeguards at Gull Pond, Great Pond and Long Pond.