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coast guard beach named top beach in country for 2015

If you’ve ever stepped foot on Coast Guard Beach you know what a magical place it is.  Well now, the rest of the world does too!  Each year, as he’s done for more than 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach”, ranks some of the best beaches and coastal areas in the world.  For 2015, Coast Guard Beach makes the list of one of America’s best.

In fact, “Dr. Beach” lists Coast Guard Beach as number seven on the list of the top ten beaches.  It is the only New England beach to make the list.  Points go for sand and water quality, as well as environmental management and beach safety.  In fact, there are 50 categories under consideration for beaches to make the list.

Coast Guard Beach is a fantastic location for swimming during the summer

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Cape Cod Rail Trail

If you really want to get a taste of what the Cape has to offer, there’s probably no better way to experience it than by taking a ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Running an impressive 22 miles, the trail winds through the communities of Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Wellfleet, Orleans and Eastham.  

Once a railroad right-of-way, the former rail line connected Cape Cod with Boston, helping to bring summer visitors to the area.  When vehicle bridges were built in the 1930s, though, passenger service to the region ended.  Still to this day, however, the trail passes by several notable areas of interest, including swimming lakes, picnic spots and famed Nickerson State Park.

Nowadays the rail trail is well paved and perfect for cyclists.  It also doesn’t

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Cape Cod National Seashore Sign Eastham MA

It is the destination of nearly four and a half million people every year, but there are countless reasons behind why these visitors are attracted to the Cape Cod National Seashore.  From young students to adults, there is plenty to do and see visiting this magical location.

Stretching across the towns of Truro, Provincetown, Eastham, Chatham, Orleans and Wellfleet, the area includes 40-miles of beach, plus ponds, marshes and uplands.  Altogether, the combination provides a home for a diverse selection of wildlife and plant life.  It’s no secret that the seashore contains a wealth of natural beauty.  

A majority of people visit the seashore to walk along the region’s numerous trails, take a swim, go for a bike ride or simply reflect while taking in the

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There’s a battle gaining ground in Cape Cod, and this one has one local town pitted against another.  The controversy has to do with Nauset Spit.  This barrier beach has traditionally been a popular place for off-road vehicles.  At least it was until about a year ago.

Last summer the Eastham Conservation Commission passed new rules, barring residents of Orleans from driving on the part of the beach that sits within the boundaries of Eastham.  The problem is that for decades, residents of Orleans who paid $50 for an ORV permit have had the right to drive out onto the beach.

In fact, until the summer of 2014, residents were able to drive out to Nauset Inlet, as long as the beach wasn’t closed to vehicles due to wildlife preservation efforts.  The

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nauset ice cream eastham maThere’s nothing like cooling off after a day in the sun with ice cream, and no place better to do it than on Cape Cod.  We came up with a list of three of our favorite spots for indulging in the sweet treat.

Sundae School Ice Cream

First on the list is Sundae School Homemade Ice Cream in Dennis Port.  Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, this local tradition has been around since 1976.  The shop still makes homemade ice cream every day, just like they did in the old days.  The shop is located in a renovated historic barn, and includes a nearly 100-year-old marble soda fountain.

This family-owned business now includes another store in East Orleans, as well as one in Harwich Port.  Sundae School prides itself in uses fresh fruit, pure vanilla extract and other

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With plenty of room for swimming, boating and simply searching for shells, the beaches of Harwich provide a unique option for both residents and visitors.  This location offers a number of beaches to choose from, including both private and public sites.

Bank Street Beach

One of the most popular is Bank Street.  This beach offers warm water with small waves.  It’s a great location to go searching for shells, but keep it mind it attracts a lot of people during the busier times of the year.

At this beach, you’ll find some parking, plus lifeguards and a boardwalk.  You’ll also find restrooms at this public, saltwater beach.  To get to Bank Street Beach, you’ll find it in Harwich Port, just off Bank Street.

Fernandes Bog at Long Pond

If you’re in

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There are countless ways to explore Cape Cod, but perhaps one of the best ways to get back to nature is by putting yourself right in the middle of it.  Cape Cod is filled with walking trails.  In fact, there are more than 100 public trails in the area.

While trails like the Cape Cod Rail Trail stretch a lengthy 22 miles from the towns of Brewster and Dennis to Eastham, Harwich, Orleans and Wellfleet, others are not even a mile.  The Cape Cod Rail Trail is very popular, especially during peak season.  It’s operated by the state, while the National Park Service is in charge of other trails, as are area museums, sanctuaries and even towns.

Options for walking trails include eight self-guided trails within the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary.  In Yarmouth,

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While Cape Cod is a fun place to live and visit, it’s also a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat.  This is especially true if you’re looking for fresh seafood and other tasty delights.  When it comes to the coastal areas, there’s nothing quite like the charming Town of Eastham.  While normally a quiet, beach community known for it’s scenic views, Eastham also is home to some great options when it comes to dining.  We went in search of the best, and came up with our top three choices when it comes to Eastham restaurants.

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar

Our first choice is appropriately named Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar.  Only open during the busy tourist season, Arnold’s has been a staple along the Cape for more than 35 years.  Best known for its fresh

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If you have your heart set on sinking your toes into one of the cleanest beaches in the entire U.S., you can do it right on the Cape.  Coast Guard Beach in Eastham traditionally makes a list each year, as one of the cleanest beaches due to its fine sand and pristine conditions.

In fact, this is one of the best swimming beaches during the warmer months of the year.  Henry David Thoreau named the sandy beach “The Great Beach”.  Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the area also includes Nauset Spit.  This is a great location for watching shorebirds.  The same can be said about Nauset Marsh.  Visitors can expect to see Nesting plovers and terns populate the area from early spring to early summer.  The area is just as spectacular for viewing wildlife in

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If you want to see the best of Cape Cod, you may want to trade in four wheels for two wheels.  Some of the best biking trails in the area treat visitors to remarkable seaside views, tempted by a variety of delectable treats and charming inns along the way.

Instead of thinking about all the exercise it involves, think about all the scenery you’ll see.  It hardly feels like exercise when you’re taking in all the amazing sites along the way.  With bike routes combining traditional roads with trails, expect to be temped by coastal scenery and have your senses awakened by the seaside breezes.  Oh, and did we mention all the fresh seafood you can buy to eat along the way?

Leave yourself plenty of time to make the bike tour a leisurely one.  This gives

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