Recently ranked as the best family beach in the entire country, Coast Guard Beach no longer exists as one of Cape Cod’s hidden treasures. The ranking by National Geographic puts Coast Guard Beach in the number one spot for its overall family-friendly features, including everything from planned recreational activities to simply the peaceful luxury of lounging on the sand.
Located along the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham, the beach is noted for its recreational opportunities, including nature walks, surf casting, kayaking and even beach yoga, plus the list of additional family friendly activities like campfires, guided nature walks and paddling through the untapped marsh.
The beach also includes its own lifeguards, changing rooms and showers, while families are jointly enticed by fresh seafood served up at places like Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar. Top off your meal with a selection of locally made ice cream and family-friendly activities such as a round or two of mini-golf.
This prime summertime swim beach commonly packs in the crowds, busiest from mid June through Labor Day, with shuttle access to the beach from designated parking areas. From viewing the expansive Great Beach noted by renowned author Henry David Thoreau to the tidal flats of Nauset Marsh, there is much to see and explore. For more ideas families can always head to the Salt Pond Visitor Center to learn more about the numerous nature trails, the history of the region and to view exhibits depicting this unique area.
Whether you enjoy time out on the water or taking in the natural views, you’ll find an excess of activities at Coast Guard Beach. View the endangered nesting plovers from early spring to summer, or catch sight of harbor seals lounging upon Nauset Spit during the cooler months of the year, when you experience one of the most family friendly beaches in the nation at Coast Guard Beach.