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  • Race Point Beach

    by peach93 Updated Jun 24, 2009

    If you look at a map of Cape Cod, Race Point is at the very northern tip, that little wispy bit of land stretching out into the sea. Part of the Province Lands and the Cape Cod National Seashore, Race Point is a federally protected wildlife area. The beach is fantastic, easily one of the best in New England, and because it is part of the National Park it has good facilities such as changing rooms and nice clean bathrooms. There is a fee for parking, and there are strict rules about staying off of the sand dunes and trash disposal, etc., but it's all for the best.

    On my last visit here we saw seals swimming just off of the beach. It was great, lots of fun to watch.

    The beach is also home to the Race Point Lighthouse Station, still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Before the Cape Cod Canal was built, ships heading to Boston used this to navigate around the Cape's dangerous shoals.

    Race Point gets very crowed in the summertime, so get there early. Coolers and food are allowed, but no alcohol and no public nudity (in case you're interested!).

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    Renting Bikes

    by tayloretc Written May 25, 2008

    There are a lot of places to rent bikes from, and it's a great way to visit the National Seashore Park and surrounding area. We got ours from Arnold’s (address/phone below). The bikes appeared to be decently maintained (although I had trouble getting my mountain bike to shift back into first gear, and the chain fell of my friend’s hybrid twice), and the staff was helpful and efficient. Rates for bikes in 5/2008 were: $5 hour; $16 half-day; $20 full day.

    They also have for rent tandem bikes, those trailers for little kids you can attach to a bike, strollers, and beach gear. Open daily 9-6.

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    Visiting Cape Cod Lighthouse

    by aquatic Written Jul 6, 2005

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    There are many lighthouses on Cape Cod. I had time to visit only one. Just because of the view it was already pleasure to be there. So much air and ocean around...

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    Dune Walks

    by shiran_d Written Jul 11, 2003

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    For those who want to experience the sand dunes directly, just take a short car ride to the end of the provincetwon and you will not miss it.

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  • Beachcombing

    by GeorgeJabin Written Feb 25, 2003

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    No trip to the beach is complete without walking along the waterline collecting shells and beach-glass.

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    View from the Tower

    by littlesam1 Updated Nov 10, 2002

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    Here is one of the wonderful views from the top of the tower. With the small church in the foreground Provincetown gives the deception of being just a sleepy little New England village.

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    Highland (Cape Cod) Light...

    by Easty Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Highland (Cape Cod) Light House in North Truro
    The lighthouse is located on a 190 foot sand dune. Here is a picture from the Atlantic Ocean I took from the Whale Watch cruise.

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    Race Point at Cape Cod...

    by Easty Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Race Point at Cape Cod National Seashores
    The Sand Dunes are amazing here. It also is the public beach of the greater Provincetown area.

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    Pilgrim Plaque

    by stiab3 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    This is on the actual spot where the Pilgrims landed. It's not as popular as the monument though. There's a little square there.

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    People Watching

    by garridogal Written Jul 8, 2014

    P-Town is one of the best people-watching places you'll find. You can just park yourself on Commercial Street and watch the action.

    All sorts of stuff going on... Walking the walk Hey, that's not a person!
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