Cape Cod National Seashore – Nauset Light and Beach Area; Eastham, MA

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Last Visited:  Sunday; May 13, 2012

The Nauset light area is in the southern part of Cape Cod National Seashore and is one of many amazing places along its 40 miles of coastline that runs the length of the outer part of Cape Cod.

What to do here:  Nauset light itself is worth stopping to see and the beach area here is quite nice as well.

  • Nauset Lighthouse:  The Nauset Lighthouse was last moved in 1996 to bring it further back from the rapidly eroding shoreline in this area (average loss of 3 feet a year) and it is a replacement for an earlier lighthouse built in the 19th century.
Nauset Lighthouse; Eastham, MA
Nauset Lighthouse; Eastham, MA
  • Three Sisters Lighthouses:  These 3 lighthouses were built to flash in patters together to distinguish them from other lighthouses up and down the coast.  They are a short walk inland from Nauset Light.
Three Sisters of Nauset Lighthouses
Three Sisters of Nauset Lighthouses
  • Nauset Beach: Nauset Beach is a wonderful beach in the National Seashore.  It faces the Atlantic Ocean so the surf will be rougher and the waves bigger than beaches on the bay side of the Outer Cape.
View looking down on Nauset Beach in Eastham, MA
View looking down on Nauset Beach in Eastham, MA

How to get here:  Nauset Beach can be reached off of Route 6 in Eastham, MA.  Once you cross into Eastham keep an eye out for brown and white Cape Cod National Seashore signs and take the turn for Nauset beach when you see the sign for it.  The road you will be turning on is Cable Road.

Facilities, Fees and other information:  A parking fee is charged during high season (traditionally Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September).  There are facilities available for changing and showering as well.  Please note that this beach, like most other beaches on Cape Cod, can get very crowded on a summer weekend.  Keep this in mind if you choose to go visit and be prepared for extra traffic heading to or leaving this lovely area.

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