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Orleans Beaches

Three Orleans beaches - one on the Atlantic Ocean, one on Cape Cod Bay, and another somewhere in between - offer beachgoers in Orleans MA a nice variety of scenery and beach activities to choose from.

Surfing on Atlantic Ocean waves, reeling in big Striped Bass and Bluefish, watching the changing colors of evening over Cape Cod Bay. And that's just the beginning.

As you'll see below, Orleans might not have many saltwater beaches. But it does have some beauties!

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Orleans MA Beach Parking Fees & Passes

Parking Fees:
 From late May to late September, a daily parking fee or a town-issued pass is required.

Daily Fee: $20

Parking Pass Cost:

  • $75/week
  • $220/season


The daily fee is paid to the attendant at the gate. Passes may be purchased at the administration building at Nauset Beach, or ordered in advance by mail.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, call (508) 240-3780 for sticker info. Off season, call (508) 240-3775.

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Nauset Beach

Nauset Beach is a mecca for surfers, boogie-boarders, sun-seekers, fishermen, and photographers from all over the world. No wonder this spectacularly beautiful, long stretch of sand is regularly named a "Top 10 Beach" by prestigeous travel publications!

As wonderful as it is, Nauset Beach is not for faint-of-heart swimmers. The waves here are big and strong, and the water's cold.

Free concerts are held at the beach gazebo on Monday nights in July and August from 7-9 p.m. 

  • Body of Water: Atlantic Ocean

  • Crowd Factor: Very busy, but lots of room to walk and get away from the crowd.

  • Amenities: Lifeguards in season, restroom and shower facilities, phenomenal snack bar, gazebo. Handicap access surf chairs available.

  • Parking: Huge lot, but it does fill up, so get there early. Sticker or daily fee required.

Skaket Beach

Orleans beaches don't get any kid-friendlier than this!

When you're looking for warm water, soft sand, gentle surf, and a safe place for young children to explore the seashore, Skaket Beach is it.

Skaket is also a fantastic place for an evening stroll as the sun sets over Cape Cod Bay. (Be sure your camera is charged up ... you'll want to snap lots of shots of the setting sun!)

  • Body of Water: Cape Cod Bay

  • Crowd Factor: This beach is popular, but it's also large - especially at low tide.

  • Amenities: Lifeguards in season, restroom and shower facilities, snack bar, picnic tables. Handicap access surf chairs available.

  • Parking: The lot is decent sized, but it regularly fills up by 10 a.m. on sunny summer days. Sticker or daily fee required.


South Orleans Beach

Of the three Orleans beaches, this is by far the smallest. (It's almost tiny at high tide.)

Set near the town landing, this little chunk of Orleans shoreline has scenic views of Pleasant Bay, the bay islands, and the backside of the Ocean barrier beaches.

The warm waters off South Orleans Beach are popular with sailboarders.

  • Body of Water: Pleasant Bay, on the Atlantic Ocean side of Orleans.

  • Crowd Factor: Not an issue.

  • Amenities: None.

  • Parking: There are a few spaces on the side of the road next to the town landing. No fee/sticker required.

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