Parking at Little Creek parking lot is $15 and includes a free bus shuttle to Coast Guard Beach.
The National Park Service also provides tours of the original brick lighthouses during the summer; ask for a schedule at the Salt Pond Visitor Center information desk (open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
The Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the corner of Nauset Road and Route 6 in Eastham. Hours: daily 9 AM to 4:30 PM (increased hours during the summer). Phone: (508) 255 - 3421.
A Cape Cod National Seashore Seasonal Pass is $45.
We went to Nauset light at night and during the day. At night we saw seals in the water and several families having beach fires. During the day my 2 seven years olds and my 4 year old went body surfing in the waves. The water was cold but the waves were great. We were there the first week in August. There are also showers and changing rooms if you wish to take advantage of them,but the showers are ice cold. Also, arrive early or you will not get parking. We went to see the lighthouse and it was an interesting diversion, but my advice is to go early if you are going to go because the line grows quickly and they only allow 10 to 15 people every 20 minutes. Go BEFORE the alloted time begins.
Although the water is quite rough, cold, and not ideal for swimming, the beauty of the beach and quiet, quaint little towns makes up for it. I loved that it was not wall to wall people like many of the beaches farther south on the eastern coast. We saw tons of wildlife including seals, dolphins, birds, starfish, crabs, etc. Our kids spent endless hours exploring the salt flats that occur when the tide goes out on the bay side. Definately a great place to visit!
I visited Cape Cod with a friend who lived in Plymouth, MA. She knew people who owned summer homes in the area so the experience was much more pleasant with that perk. The 4th of July celebrations are amazing there but the big day is July 3rd for fireworks as we experienced. It does get a little crazy where there were a ton of bonfires. We did not go swimming because the water was freezing and not very 'beach-like' in my opinion. A real beach vacation would be in Florida, Texas or California. This is just relaxed and scenic. If you visit the New England States do not forget to stop for some seafood. Anywhere is amazing because it is so fresh here.
Nauset Light beach is a great beach for families. It has a very large parking lot, with bathrooms and a little food stand. And, it's nice and flat, so you don't have to climb a bunch of stairs with the kids and all of your beach equipment. You just walk over a small dune, and you're right at the beach! There's usually people fishing here too, so it's always fun to see someone catch a fish! Great beach!
Pack your lunch and plan on the whole day! Great beaches, lifeguards, light surf and a beautiful coastline. Parking can be a challenge and it is limited at many beaches. But shuttles are always available. One of the beaches you can even get a permit to light a campfire!
My daughter and I visited Eastham with her 2 sons, 2 1/2 and 6 month. We found that we could go anywhere walking with the double stroller, including the walking path outside of Coast Guard Beach, where her mother in law lives. The mornings were foggy and we took advantage of the walking trails. We also went to Harwich to an ice cream shop that had a public restroom, which is absolutely necessary with a little one potty training, and an outdoor hose that we used to hose him off after a delicious ice cream cone. Very kid friendly!
Be sure to visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, where helpful guides offer complete information on the seashore and walking trails (the Nauset Marsh Trail is especially scenic), as well as orientation talks and guided field trips. Respect the rules set forth by the Park Service; they are designed to protect this unique and fragile area. Two major points of interest are Coast Guard Beach and the Nauset Light.
Coast Guard Beach is one of the best beaches along the National Seashore and can be reached by shuttle bus. The bathhouse is one of the Cape’s best. To reach Coast Guard Beach from the Salt Pond Visitor Center, continue on to Doane Road or take the 1.6-mile Nauset Trail bicycle path (a spur off the Cape Cod Rail Trail). Little Creek Road will be on the left; park and take the shuttle.
Nauset Light, the red-striped lighthouse, has a complicated history. In 1923 the brick building was moved from Chatham, where it was one of two lights. Because of soil erosion, the building was moved again to its current location in 1996.
The site it now occupies was also the site of the first of the three lighthouses that sat in a row on the cliffs of Nauset from 1838 to 1911. The original “Three Sisters” were moved to Cable Road at Cape Cod National Seashore, not far from the Nauset Light Beach. Nauset Light’s single red stripe helped mariners distinguish it from other Cape Cod lighthouses during the day. The round ball at the top of the tower is called a ventilator ball; it allows air to circulate and cool the lantern room, where the lighthouse’s beam rotates. Nauset Light Beach is lifeguarded, and there can be heavy surf at times.