Last Updated on March 20, 2022

The Cape Cod peninsula is home to some of New England’s best sandy beaches, and coastal sand dunes make up roughly one third of the seashore, covering approximately 8,500 acres. The dunes are located primarily in the OuterCape, from Chatham to Provincetown. This area is one of the largest coastal reserves in the United States and well worth a visit, with many beaches and trails for sand lovers accessible year round.

Cape Cod Sand Dunes

Cape Cod Sand Dunes

Dunes of the Provincelands

The extraordinary Provincetown dunes are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Established in 1961, the park protects this unique but fragile ecological system, ensuring the preservation of its beauty and the natural habitat living in it.

White Crest Beach Dunes

One of the most beautiful beaches in New England, windswept with soft sand and a very steep dune.

Dune Shacks Trail

Great hiking trail amongst sand dunes leading to the beach.

Nauset Beach Dunes

Nauset Beach is home to dunes and is popular with surfers and sandboarders. The cliffs and dunes of Nauset are also a good place to observe coastal erosion and environmental conditions on the peninsula.

Marconi Wireless Station Site

In 1902 the Italian Gugliemo Marconi built one of the two North American wireless stations at South Wellfleet. On January 18, 1903 the first communication in Morse code between Europe and the Atlantic took place through the Cape Cod station. From this vantage point you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, with all its high cliffs and dunes.


Art’s Dune Tours

Art’s Dune Tours offers off-road tours to visitors through the dunes the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. The area seasonable and available from March through mid-November. The drivers are very knowledgeable and will explain the local history of the dune shacks, life-saving stations, and wildlife.

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