The first impression of Provincetown most visitors have is how striking the surroundings are. The town is situated at the tail-end of Cape Cod and hugs the harbor. We are surrounded by the Cape Cod National Seashore which offers all sorts of recreation activities.
Provincetown has three main beach areas. The town itself runs along the Harbor Beach which is just one block away from Aerie House. This is a very active beach, good for swimming and sunning, and is active with boats, kayakers, wind surfers and those just strolling and taking in the sights. Both Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach are located in the National Seashore Park. Herring Cove Beach is about two miles out of town and faces Cape Cod Bay and is a great swimming beach due to its calm waters. This is the most popular beach and has food service and restrooms. There are separate areas for gay men, women, families and recreational vehicles and is THE place to go and watch a beautiful sunset over Cape Cod Bay. All in all quite a scene! Race Point Beach is about three miles from town and is spectacular open ocean beach. The water here is much rougher so it is not great for swimming so not normally very crowded but it is often on the list for the most beautiful beaches in America.
Cape National Seashore Park
Provincetown is surrounded by the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. Both Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach are located within the park. The park offers miles of paved trails for our guests to bike, hike or jog. The trails wind through forests with ponds, open dunes and beautiful beach areas. This is also a great area for bird watchers. Art’s Dune Tours provides fascinating four-wheel drive tours through the area and visits parts of the park inaccessible otherwise.
Provincetown is the best location on the East Coast for whale watching. Rare Right Whales congregate here in April and then Humpbacks, Fin and Minke Whales stay in our waters through October. The Dolphin Fleet offers numerous departures a day on their modern fleet of vessels. Each tour takes about three hours and has a naturalist aboard. Our favorite departures are the last of the day so you can enjoy sunset on the sea as your return.
There are all sorts of water sports to enjoy. Kayaking, fishing, sailing, boating and even yoga on water boards!