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Cape Cod Weather

The weather on Cape Cod can change from minute to minute.  Temperatures and weather conditions can sometimes vary greatly from one part of Cape Cod to the next. To give you a better idea of the conditions where you might be, we recommend you get the weather for the specific town where you intend to visit.

Click on any of the towns listed below to view a Weather.com forecast page. Please note that there are many more ‘villages’ on Cape Cod then there are towns, and you should try to locate the town that encompasses the village you may be more familiar with.

View the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary observation and weather buoy. This has up to the minute weather observations for the northern edge of Stellwagen Bank. Be sure to visit the Latest NWS Marine Forcast link. It will give you the latest marine forecasts for the surrounding areas.

You may prefer to check local sea conditions from NOAA for Coastal Marine Zone Forecasts:

Cape Cod Bay
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Cape Cod Tides

We offer two options to view the upcoming tides on Cape Cod, one is provided by Maine Harbors the other by CapeTides.com. Both have accurate Cape Cod Tide information.

Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches

Cape Cod National Seashore comprises 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland landscape features, including a forty-mile long stretch of pristine sandy beach, dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds, and upland scenes that depict evidence of how people have used the land. A variety of historic structures are within the boundary of the Seashore, including lighthouses, a lifesaving station, and numerous Cape Cod style houses. The Seashore offers six swimming beaches, eleven self-guiding nature trails, and a variety of picnic areas and scenic overlooks.

Here are a few Cape Cod National Seashore beaches in no particular order:

Pleasant Bay

Nauset Beach in Orleans is a beautiful sandy beach with excellent surf, and is very popular for swimming. It is operated by the Town of Orleans. Lifeguards are on duty daily during summer. Concerts and other activities are held here periodically in summer. Check with the Town of Orleans for schedules and events.

Directions:At the Eastham Orleans rotary on Route 6, turn right onto Route 6A for about one-half mile, then turn left onto Route 28. At the first traffic signal turn left for Nauset Beach in Orleans, or continue straight on Route 28 to Chatham.

Coast Guard

The Great Beach, so named by Henry David Thoreau, starts here. This sandy strand offers opportunities to study coastal beach processes, including longshore transport of sand and coastal erosion.

Directions: One and one-half miles East on Nauset and Doane Roads (on road to beach from Salt Pond Visitor Center). Look for brown and white signs.

Nauset Light

Nauset Light Beach consists of a broad, sandy beach that is contained by a steep glacial scarp behind it. During winter months, the beach profile is considerably lowered, sometimes exposing features such as the brick foundation of one of the earlier Three Sisters lighthouses.

Directions: One mile north of Coast Guard Beach on Ocean View Drive in Eastham

Marconi Station

The Marconi site uplands are a landscape slowly recovering from European land-use practices, which stripped the landscape of topsoil, and then further from the effects of Camp Wellfleet, which added to the impoverishment of the vegetative cover during World War II. The landscape today, however, serves as an important upland heath community, which harbors several rare species, including broom crowberry and two types of poverty grass.

Directions: Six miles north of Salt Pond Visitor Center, off Route 6 in Wellfleet.

Pamet Valley

Ballston Beach exemplifies coastal beach processes. While the dune has been breached by the ocean several times in recent years, coastal transport of sand (longshore transport) has reestablished the barrier beach at this location.

Directions: Traveling north, the Pamet Valley crosses Route 6 in Truro center, 2.2 miles north of the Wellfleet/Truro line. Take the “Pamet Roads/Truro Center” exit for access to the Pamet Valley Area.

Province Lands

The Outer Beach . This portion of the Cape is accreting (building) as a result of “long shore” transport of sand from the glacial scarps to the south. The shoreline here drops off dramatically, allowing whales (and vessels) to come close inshore.

Directions: From Head of the Meadow, travel Route 6 north toward Provincetown for six miles. Turn right onto Race Point Road at first traffic light. Look for signs marking the Beech Forest area and Province Lands Visitor Center. Race Point Road ends at Race Point Beach. To get to Herring Cove Beach, go to the end of Route 6.

Maps

Knowing the back roads of Cape Cod can be both a time saver on busy summer days, and can also help you find hidden Cape Cod treasures sure to make your trip worth it.

Click on any of the towns listed below to view a Yahoo! map page. Please note that there are many more ‘villages’ on Cape Cod then there are towns, and you should try to locate the town that encompasses the village you may be more familiar with. Click on the Cape Cod thumbnail to the left to view the entire Cape Cod area.

Cape Cod Transportation

Bay State Cruise Company
Fast ferry from Boston to Provincetown in 90 minutes. A choice of three daily departure times from May through September.
(877) 783-3779
www.baystatecruisecompany.com

Cape Air
Enjoy money-saving joint fares and convenient connections with major carriers through Boston and Providence(in season). Serving the Cape and Islands since 1989.
(800) 352-0714
www.flycapeair.com

Plymouth and Brockton Bus Line

Boston to Plymouth Hyannis and Provincetown with local stops on Cape Cod
(508) 746-0378
www.p-b.com

Provincetown Shuttle
(800) 352-715
www.capecodtransit.org