Located some seventy-five miles out into the Atlantic Ocean on the outer end of Cape Cod, the Town of Wellfleet offers an abundance of quaint rural seaside character and charm and spectacular natural resources.
Bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the west by Cape Cod Bay, 61% of the land area of Wellfleet is in the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. Wellfleet has a total upland area of approximately 13,100 acres (20.47 square miles). Of this total, about 8,000 acres (12.5 square miles) are within the Seashore boundaries, leaving 5,100 acres (8 square miles) outside.
During the summer, the population swells from 3,500 year-round residents to an estimated 17,000 persons enjoying the Town's miles of ocean and bay-side beaches; numerous beautiful, clear, spring-fed, ponds; many fine art galleries, shops and restaurants; and the magnificent Wellfleet Harbor offering a constantly changing panorama of sailboats, motor yachts, sport fishing boats and trawlers.
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Many of the beaches in Wellfleet require a town sticker; renters can buy one at a specially marked booth on the town pier in July and August, for a $30 a week, $55 for 2 weeks, and $100 for the season. These include the bayside Duck Harbor, at the very end of Chequessett Neck Road; Indian Neck Beach, off Pilgrim Spring Road; nearby Burton Baker Beach; Powers Landing, off Chequessett Neck Road; and, on the Atlantic side, Newcomb Hollow Beach, and Lecount's Hollow Beach (also called Maguire Landing).
With the exception of Duck Harbor, all the bayside beaches are really on the harbor, with views of Great Island, which juts into the bay. Great Island is National Seashore territory and more for hiking than beaching, but if you really want to get away from it all, put on your backpack and hiking shoes and trek out to Great Island's remote shores. Indian Neck Beach is perhaps the nicest of all, with its soft, sandy stretch looking out over the harbor and the bay beyond. Adjacent Burton Baker Beach is the only town beach that allows windsurfing but only at certain times of the day. Windsurfers should pick up a copy of the regulations at the beach sticker booth at Wellfleet Harbor.
Beach stickers are also needed to park at Great Pond (off Cahoon Hollow Road), Gull Pond (off Gull Pond Road), and Long Pond (off Long Pond Road). Just past the harbor on Kendrick Avenue is Mayo Beach, perfect for families with children. Here you can see boats heading in and out of the harbor, and you can actually park for free here if you can get a space. Right across the street is a terrific playground, so if the kids get restless and bored with the beach (and they sometimes do) you can take them over to Baker's Field for some swinging, climbing, and sliding. You'll also find full restrooms at Baker's Field, an easy stroll across the street from Mayo Beach. Other town beaches have portable toilets. There are no food concessions.
On the Atlantic side, Cahoon Hollow Beach attracts a big college crowd, who later in the day flock to the beach-side Beachcomber bar and restaurant. The lot fills up quickly, and you can opt to use a beach sticker or pay a daily parking fee of $10. The same goes for White Crest Beach, just to the south. The waters at White Crest Beach (also called Four Mile Beach and Surfer's Beach) are rougher, making it ideal for the surfers who flock here. Please note that White Crest is not the place to bring young children, senior citizens, or the disabled, as a steep dune path with no staircase leads down to the beach.
The National Seashore's Marconi Beach will take your breath away with its beauty. Parents will appreciate the easy access from the parking lot to the beach itself. In season, facilities here include full restrooms and outdoor showers.