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Family-Friendly Beaches in Cape Cod

Cape Cod Beaches Perfect For The Entire Family

Large crowds, partygoers and blasting music are things that many families with young kids seek to avoid during a family vacation. A family vacation often only comes around once a year and there’s nothing worse than spending it on a crowded beach that isn’t friendly for the family. Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a gorgeous vacation destination with beautiful beaches, decadent waterfront dining, luxury hotels, and incredible outdoor activities. Below are just a few of the top family-friendly beaches that both adults and kids are sure to enjoy!

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Corporation Beach in Dennis

This is a relatively small beach that is nestled within a protected cove. The cove keeps the waves to a minimum, making it the perfect beach for families with children that are just learning how to swim. It is a great place to float on an inner tube or simply catch some sun on the pristine beach.

Paine’s Creek in Brewster

If you aren’t a big swimmer, Paine’s Creek has an incredibly fun natural lazy river. Grab an inner tube and relax while you float down the marsh area before it opens up to the beach. Kids will enjoy catching crabs and hunting for shells on the sprawling sandy flats.

First Encounter Beach in Eastham

This beach got its unique name from its history as the first place the Pilgrims met the Native Americans. This sprawling beach is famous for its calm water, panoramic views and sprawling flats that are great for exploring at low tide. Kids can take a break from swimming for treats from the local ice cream truck that visits frequently.

Skaket Beach in Orleans

The west-facing shoreline of this beach is the perfect beach for families who want to spend the whole day beachfront before taking in a gorgeous Cade Cod sunset. Cade Cod Bay’s warm waters are wonderful for kids (and parents) who want to treasure hunt for shells and more during low tide. High tide makes the area perfect for those who love to swim in the salty waters.

Smugglers Beach

Located in South Yarmouth directly at the mouth of the Bass River, this powdery beach is an ideal destination for families. Instead of crashing waves, the beach offers access to the warm, calm water of Nantucket Sound. This beach is on the remote side and features a fishing pier, making it the perfect spot for families with avid fishermen.

If you are in need of lodging or somewhere to stay while visiting these beaches, there are many different options depending on your needs! Whether you are dreaming of a quaint Cape Cod bed and breakfast, luxury hotel on the beach, or vacation rental home, you’ll never find a shortage of places to stay in Cape Cod.