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Cahoon Hollow Beach

Cahoon Hollow Beach
Cahoon Hollow Beach

© Christian Eager

Epitomizing the allure of the Outer Cape with wind-sculpted dunes towering 90 feet, Cahoon Hollow is nothing short of spectacular. Capturing the hearts of thrill seeking surfers, this beach is custom made for any adventurer, beginning with the requisite trek down a 75-foot sand dune to the beach. With year-round coastal erosion eliminating the possibility of a permanent staircase, a rope handrail serves as an entryway marker towards the shoreline.

Once on the beach, it’s easy to find a secluded section by walking a quarter mile to the south, past the people who settle near the path. The water is typically brisk for the backside of Cape Cod, in the high 50’s to low 60’s in the summer, so surfers tend to wear a wetsuit year-round. Local surf shops rent boards, wetsuits, and instructors at a reasonable price.

Sick Day links a surf report to the home page of its website, important to check to avoid arriving at the beach only to find the waves are not there that day.

Cape Cod’s only oceanfront restaurant/bar, The Beachcomber, is located right on top of the dunes overlooking Cahoon Hollow. Housed in a 100-year-old former U.S. Lifesaving station, the atmosphere is bathing suit casual; the raw bar serves fresh-caught oysters and clams by the thousands, and live music jams all summer long, seven nights a week.

Attraction Information

  • General:
  • Lifeguards on duty, portable toilets, and restaurant. Strenuous climb up from beach area via sand.
  • Parking:
  • $15 daily purchased at the parking lot
  • $70 weekly purchased at Wellfleet Town Pier, 255 Commercial
  • Directions:
  • Route 6 North to Wellfleet. Continue on Rt. 6 for approximately 4 miles. Turn right on Cahoon Hollow Road. Follow to the end.
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