Falmouth is a large town geographically, and probably has one of the longest coastlines in the State. Consequently, there is a lot of land development with high value, high demand, and the choice views that create real property wealth.
There is a lot of very attractive development in the community because people have the money to invest in those waterfront or water-view properties. At the same time, Falmouth has a lot of agencies that are very attentive to the environmental demands of that coastline, whether it be the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Conservation Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, Shellfish Warden, Harbormaster and the Board of Selectmen.
Large geographical tracts of land have been set aside for public conservation, not necessarily exclusively waterfront, but some of the woodland and back land areas that are the natural habitat for wildlife and are locations that also serve to enhance the attractiveness of the community. Falmouth, like every community, tries to retain attractiveness in the face of growth pressure.
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Falmouth Beaches Information
Falmouth offers more miles of coastline than any other Cape town. This coastline is blessed with many fine harbors as well as a number of wonderful beaches. The southern shoreline borders Vineyard Sound while the western side overlooks Buzzards Bay.
If you plan to park at any but three of these beaches, you need a sticker, given only to residents or guests who can show they are staying in Falmouth. Stickers are available at the Surf Drive bathhouse. Guest stickers cost $125 for the summer, $50 for one week, $55 for two weeks, $65 for three weeks and $75 for four weeks. Residents pay $20 for a two-year beach parking sticker. Three beaches--Surf Drive, Old Silver, and Menauhant--have daily passes available for anyone. For more information about Falmouth beaches, call the Falmouth Beach Committee at (508) 548-8623.
Along Vineyard Sound, Surf Drive Beach is the closest beach to Falmouth village center. This beach offers lifeguards, a bathhouse with showers, and a concession stand. The waters here are warm and calm with wonderful views of Martha's Vineyard across the sound and Nobska Light nearby. A small inlet to the north of the beach is popular with families who have little kids. Surf Drive is one of the three beaches in town where you can park without a sticker for $10 a day.
Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth is as popular as it is beautiful. The Buzzards Bay waters here are warm and ideal for youngsters. A creek splits the beach in two; one side is for residents and the other side for visitors to the town. Lifeguards watch over the swimmers and a concession stand keeps hunger at bay. Portable toilets and showers are available. You don't need a sticker to park here, but you do need to buy a $10 pass.
Another North Falmouth beach is Megansett Beach on Buzzards Bay. Like Old Silver Beach, the waters here are warm. The beach has lifeguards but no concession stands or bathhouses. Parking is by resident sticker only.
Chapoquoit Beach rests along Buzzards Bay just south of West Falmouth Harbor off Chapoquoit Road. This residents-only beach has lifeguards, concessions and toilet facilities in the form of portable toilets.
Wood Neck Beach can be found at the mouth of the saltwater Little Sippewissett Lake in West Falmouth. Its waters are warmed by Buzzards Bay. Wood Neck has concessions and portable toilets on site as well as lifeguards. Parking is by sticker only.
Falmouth Heights Beach overlooks Vineyard Sound and Martha's Vineyard and the waters are warm and inviting. There are lifeguards on duty and portable toilets available, and though there are no concession stands, there are a number of places nearby to get something to eat.
Two other wonderful Vineyard Sound beaches are Menauhant and Bristol. Both south side beaches have lifeguards, concession stands, and portable toilets. Menauhant also has showers. Bristol Beach is accessible by sticker only. There is a $10-per-day parking fee at Menauhant for those without a sticker.
Grews Pond is a wonderful little freshwater pond in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street just north of Falmouth center. The pond has lifeguards on duty, and toilet facilities are available. There is no charge for public parking.