A number of fine Harwich beaches line the town's shoreline on Nantucket Sound.
Turn to the south off Route 28, make your way toward the water, and you'll quickly discover Harwich's scenic and inviting coast.
Parking Fees: From mid-June to Labor Day, a sticker or daily fee is required during normal beach hours. No entrance fee is charged if you walk or bike to Harwich beaches.
Daily fees ($15) are paid at the beach entrance. Weekly ($65), 2-week ($125), and seasonal ($140) stickers are sold at the Treasurer's Office at Town Hall, 732 Main Street in Harwich. Call (508) 430-7501 for more info.
Note: From late June to Labor Day, stickers can also be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, 1 Schoolhouse Road, Harwich. A small convenience fee is added for purchases made at the Chamber. Call (508) 432-1600 for details and open hours.
Red River Beach
This is one of the best Harwich beaches to visit if you're looking for room to spread your beach blanket out, away from other people.
Red River is a big, wide, long beach with very powdery sand. It's a nice beach for families, with plenty of room for the kids to play and gentle waters to splash around in.
Bank Street Beach
Bank Street is a very popular town beach for all ages. It's a little smaller than Red River Beach, but still plenty large enough to comfortably accommodate the many visitors and locals that flock here during the height of summer vacation season.
Like many other Harwich beaches, Bank Street has wonderfully soft sand and panoramic views of Nantucket Sound.
Earle Road Beach
Earle Road is a medium-sized beach, with rock jetties and gently breaking waves.
It's a little more quiet than some other Harwich beaches. Perhaps a little too quiet for families with teens who're looking for lots of activity.
Nonetheless, Earle Road is a wonderful little beach for anyone looking for some serenity on a hot summer day.
Pleasant Road Beach
Pleasant Road is a relatively large beach, as far as Harwich beaches go.
It's great for families, because it has most of the amenities you need when you have kids in tow. And it's also a nice place for adults to enjoy a swim or walk along the shoreline taking in the scenery.
Atlantic Avenue is like many Nantucket Sound beaches. The water's warm in summer, the waves are gentle, and there's a lovely view out over the Sound.
A couple things are important to know if you're going to Atlantic Avenue Beach:
First, it's set between two privately owned Harwich beaches. Be sure to stay within the boundaries of the rock jetties so you don't risk roaming onto private property.
Second, there's a steep stairway leading down to the beach. If stairs are an issue for you, you'll want to choose a different beach.