Discover Yarmouth, Cape Cod MA
Three villages make up the 17-square mile town of Yarmouth, Cape Cod: West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth. Each village has a distinctive character formed by over 350 years of history. In South Yarmouth, the picturesque Bass River is a breathtaking waterfront destination with a four-season view.
A community shaped by its seaside heritage, Yarmouth has retained much of its historic charm while integrating the present into its surroundings. To gain a true perspective of our town you must stray from the major roadways of Route 6 and 28 that traverse from Hyannis to the West and Dennis to the East. Founded in 1639 after Sandwich, Yarmouth is the second oldest town on Cape Cod and is filled with historic charm. Yarmouth's rich history has contributed to a Cape Cod seaside community that offers a potpourri of activities for area vacationers. For the outdoor-minded, Yarmouth boasts 15 of Cape Cod’s finest fresh and saltwater beaches to laze away the days, 4 golf courses challenging all levels, 14 tennis courts for the more active, and many hiking trails through conservation lands.
Yarmouth truly has something for everyone. On the Northside in Yarmouth Port, tree lined historic Route 6A hosts an array of country inns and quaint bed & breakfasts, complemented by antique and craft shops and fine restaurants. The Southside along Route 28 offers the hustle and bustle of a summertime resort town, from factory outlet shopping to sea lion shows to the most adventurous mini-golf. Nightlife in Yarmouth is filled with moonlight walks on Cape Cod’s most beautiful beaches, candlelit dinners at the area's many fine restaurants, and dancing to music for all ages at one of several nightspots.
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Helpful Yarmouth MA Information
Town of Yarmouth Resources
- Yarmouth, Cape Cod - Town Offices
- Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce - Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Yarmouth Town Beaches
Yarmouth has coastlines to the north on Cape Cod Bay and to the south on Nantucket Sound and Lewis Bay. The east side of the town borders Bass River to the south and Garden Creek to the north. The north side of the town on Cape Cod Bay is only about one and a half miles long and is largely marshland, save for a small beach at Bass Hole on the east end. The south side has many fine beaches and all but four require a parking sticker. Sea Gull, Sea View, Parker's River, and Bass River beaches all allow daily parking for a $15 fee if you do not have a sticker. Two beaches in Yarmouth—Dennis Pond and South Middle Beach—require a resident parking sticker. Nonresidents can obtain a sticker for $40 a week or $125 a season. Stickers are available at the Town Hall on Mass. Rt. 28.
For more information, call the Park Department at (508) 775-7910, available from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.
Sea Gull Beach: Off Sea Gull Road, which is off South Sea Avenue in West Yarmouth, is where you'll find Sea Gull Beach. Offering plenty of parking spaces, this is Yarmouth's largest and most popular beach, especially with high school and college students. Sitting just west of Parkers River, it has lifeguards, toilet facilities, a few picnic tables, and concessions. There is a daily parking fee at Sea Gull Beach is $15.00.
Bay View Beach: From Bay View Beach, at the end of Bay View Street in West Yarmouth near the town line with Barnstable, you have a good view of Lewis Bay and the thousands of boats that enter Hyannis Inner Harbor every year. Bay View Beach has lifeguards on duty, bathroom facilities, and free parking.
Colonial Acres Beach: Located at Lewis Bay, Colonial Acres Beach is at the end of Standish Way in West Yarmouth has portable toilets and a new bridge out to the beach.
Englewood Beach: Also in West Yarmouth on Lewis Bay, Englewood Beach is located at the end of Berry Avenue. Englewood has a small, free parking lot, restroom facilities, and lifeguards.
Sea View Beach: On the east side of the mouth of Parkers River is Sea View Beach off South Shore Road in South Yarmouth. Lifeguards protect this southside beach and it has a picnic area and portable toilets. For this lovely spot, the $15.00 parking fee is well worth it.
Parkers River Beach: To the east of Sea View Beach along the Cape's southern shore is Parkers River Beach, which lies along the warm waters of Nantucket Sound. The beach has restroom facilities, a concession stand, outdoor showers, swings, good parking, and lifeguards. It costs $15.00 a day to park.
South Middle Beach: On South Shore Drive in South Yarmouth, South Middle Beach is a residents-only beach offering a large parking lot and restroom facilities. Lifeguards keep an eye on the activities out on Nantucket Sound.
Smugglers Beach: Also known as Bass River Beach, Smugglers Beach is a good family beach with a fishing pier, a large parking area, and a snack bar. This beach, located at the mouth of Bass River in South Yarmouth, also has lifeguards and bathroom facilities. A daily parking fee of $15.00 is required.
Windmill Beach: About a half-mile up Bass River is where you'll find Windmill Beach off River Street. It is a small beach with no lifeguards or toilet facilities, but the views of the river are spectacular. Nearby is the Judah Baker windmill built in 1791.
Wilbur Park and its beach area are about 4 miles up Bass River where Highbank Road bridge connects South Yarmouth with the village of South Dennis. Though there are no lifeguards or bathroom facilities, Wilbur Park has a picnic area and a boat ramp.
Bass Hole: The only beach located on the north side, Bass Hole is also known as Gray's Beach. It is at the end of Centre Street off Mass. Rt. 6A in Yarmouth Port and is considered by many to be one of the great spots on the Cape to watch the sun going down. Bass Hole is at the mouth of Garden Creek and has a long boardwalk that extends over the salt marsh and offers an excellent view of coastal plant and marine life as well as nature's beauty. Across the river is Dennis' Chapin Beach. Bass Hole Beach is rather small and, at low tide, has very little water, which makes it perfect for small children (just pay attention to the tidal current in the creek). Bass Hole Beach has a large picnic area complete with a pavilion and bathroom facilities. You'll also find some free parking, and there are lifeguards on duty.
Sandy Pond: In addition to its wealth of saltwater beaches, Yarmouth also has four public beaches at freshwater ponds. Sandy Pond off Buck Island Road in West Yarmouth offers not only a beach for swimming but also playing fields for softball, basketball, and soccer, tennis courts, and a playground. The beach has lifeguards on duty and a comfort station.
Long Pond: This public beach is off Indian Memorial Drive in South Yarmouth. Lifeguards are on duty and portable toilets are available. The beach also has a playground on site and free parking. An Indian burial ground is nearby.
Flax Pond Recreation Area: Also in South Yarmouth, Flax Pond Recreation Area has picnic areas, tennis and volleyball courts, and softball fields. Toilet facilities are provided and lifeguards are on duty.
Dennis Pond: Off Summer Street in Yarmouth Port, this beach requires a town beach parking sticker. You'll find lifeguards and toilet facilities at this pretty pond located just a stroll from Yarmouthport village.