Falmouth offers 68 miles of coastline, making it the perfect place for those who love the sea.
Well known for its beautiful beaches and the warm, clear waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound,
our nearest warm water beach averages a 72° temperature during the summer months. Swimmers
and sunbathers may enjoy Falmouth’s beaches well into autumn. With ten public beaches covering
12 miles of sandy shore, Falmouth has the most public beaches on the Cape, as well as dozens
of inlets that can be explored either on foot or by boat. Many of these beaches are
handicapped-accessible. Sippewissett Campground offers free shuttle service to Chapoquoit Beach,
once daily during July and August.
- The following is a complete list of Beaches managed by the Falmouth Beach Committee. During the summer season, each location is staffed with lifeguards, and swim lessons are offered. The closest beaches to Sippewissett Campground are Woodneck Beach and Chapoquoit Beach. We sell daily parking permits to our registered guests.
- BRISTOL: This beach, located in the “Heights” neighborhood, has plenty of parking and beautiful views. A small creek, which ebbs and flows between Little Pond and Vineyard Sound, is a great place for youngsters to attempt to catch sea creatures caught in the tidal surge
- CHAPOQUOIT: This location is a favorite of many families. White sand and beautiful open ocean views greet beachgoers, while windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach.
- GREW’S POND: Located in Goodwill Park off Gifford Street, this is a fresh water pond staffed by lifeguards. Grew’s Pond boasts a nice sandy beach. Grills and picnic benches are available, and a covered pavilion provides shelter. No sticker required.
- HEIGHTS: The beach at Falmouth Heights on Vineyard Sound is long and boasts plenty of beautiful sand. The water is warm and views of Martha’s Vineyard are outstanding. Because of a high sea wall, handicapped accessibility from the wall to the beach is limited.
- MEGANSETT: This beach is located along the shores of Buzzards Bay. Frequented primarily by neighborhood families, Megansett is a great location for viewing a sunset.
- MENAUHANT: Located on Vineyard Sound, this is the longest beach in Falmouth, and is divided into an east side and a west side by a tidal stream that connects Bournes Pond to Vineyard Sound.
- OLD SILVER: This beach is by far the most popular beach in Falmouth and, arguably, on the Cape. Concessions, showers and changing rooms are available. People come from great distances to enjoy Old Silver’s pure white sand. Parking is ample, but come early; the lots fill up fast on hot summer days.
- STONEY: Located in Woods Hole Village, this MBL-owned beach is staffed by Falmouth lifeguards and parking attendants. It is a wonderful beach, sheltered from the afternoon southwest winds and highly utilized, so arrive early.
- SURF DRIVE: Located on Surf Drive, a short walk from Falmouth’s Main Street, this beach features public showers, a concession stand. Surf Drive Beach faces Martha’s Vineyard and is a part of Vineyard Sound.
- WOOD NECK: This beach is blessed with a tidal creek containing pure sand and many “critters,” a popular combination for active youngsters.
Beach Rules & Regulations
- Windsurfing is allowed off public beaches before 9:00AM and after 5:00PM– a portion of Chapoquoit Beach is open at all times.
- Open fires are not permitted on any public beach. A picnic and barbecue area is available at Goodwill Park (Grew’s Pond).
- Closing times vary per lot. Please refer to parking signage.
- Ball playing, rafts, inner tubes, and other float toys are not allowed for safety reasons. Personal flotation devices and swimming aids are only permitted with direct adult supervision.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on beaches.
- Dogs are not allowed on Falmouth’s beaches between May 1st and September 30th. For the remainder of the year, dog cleaning (mutt-mitt) stations are located on all beaches to encourage dog owners to clean up after their dogs.
- Daily parking passes can be purchased at Sippewissett Campground.
- Resident and non-resident stickers, weekly and seasonal passes may be purchased at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bathhouse on Surf Drive (508) 548-8623. Proof of seasonal occupancy, such as a rental agreement, must be shown. Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Bathhouse at the above number from 8:00AM to 5:00PM daily during the summer season or by accessing the Town of Falmouth’s Web site at www.town.falmouth.ma.us.