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Town Beach and Sandwich Boardwalk

Town Beach and Sandwich Boardwalk
Town Beach and Sandwich Boardwalk

© Michael Allen Smith

Located at the entrance of Sandwich Harbor, Town Beach is an idyllic maritime setting. Unlike other bayside beaches with their eerily calm water, Town Beach provides average to small swells, and because Sandwich is located on the bayside of Cape Cod, the water temperature is slightly warmer than ocean side beaches, making it an excellent spot to swim. Though the shoreline is rocky, you’ll find a sandy spot to lay your towel near the mauve-colored salt spray roses framing the beach.

Walk to Town Beach and take a stroll along the Sandwich Boardwalk, built over low dunes and Mill Creek. When the boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Bob in October 1991, residents and business owners purchased $1,700 worth of planks to rebuild the walk, and engraved many with special messages. Today, as you meander across the newly reconstructed 1,350-foot boardwalk, you’ll notice funny quips, memorials to lovers, family members, and dedications to boats. Perhaps more importantly, the walkway’s vantage point provides striking views of Cape Cod Bay where you can watch the marsh grass sway against a hazy summer horizon, or take a closer look at the aerial and aquatic wildlife in the area. Birding is a popular pastime as Town Beach is home to the endangered piping plover and several species of tern. In order to provide a safe nesting haven for the birds, areas of the beach are off-limits in the early summer and late spring.

As you follow the Sandwich Boardwalk to its end at the shoreline, you’ll find a platform overlooking the bay as it winds itself around the beach. On a clear day, beyond the stone jetties and canal entrance, you can see all the way to Provincetown, located at the very tip of Cape Cod’s long arm. Town Beach and the Sandwich Boardwalk offer a picturesque and accessible swimming area, a satisfying combination for nature lovers and beachgoers.

Attraction Information

  • Amenities:
  • Restroom
  • Seasonal concession stand
  • Parking
  • $10 per day
  • Resident and non-resident stickers available
  • Directions:
  • There are three entrances to Town Beach and the boardwalk. To park, visitors can take route 6A to Town Neck Road. There you will find a small parking lot next to Horizons restaurant. If this lot is full, continue down Town Neck Road until the dead end at Wood Avenue, then take a left into the next parking lot. To access the beach via the boardwalk, take Jarves road from route 6A and follow the signs for the boardwalk parking lot.
  • Contact:
  • Location: Town Neck Road to Wood Avenue, Sandwich, MA
  • Website: www.sandwichmass.org
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