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Marconi Beach located on the Cape Cod shoreline gazes out on to the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Named after the renowned Italian innovator, the beach is located near the station that sent out the first wireless transmission across the Atlantic. This beach is a popular surfing and skim-boarding destination amongst locals and tourists alike.
This is one in a series of ocean beaches that dots the shore of the Cape Cod National Seashore, on your right as you head north towards Provincetown. You climb down a high dune onto this wild and beautiful beach of clear cool water. Surfers try their luck here and, while you can take long swims if out far enough, the waves lend themselves to bodysurfing. You can get quite cold after about 30 minutes in the water here, even in summer, but lying in the bright sun will soon warm you. This is the kind of pristine ocean beach visitors come to the Cape for.
Curled against a hill, this is a lovely spot on the bay for family or solo swimming. You can drive up and pay a reasonable parking fee and walk directly onto a clean beach. Whether floating on rafts, digging up the odd clam, or swimming in the brisk water (which is nevertheless warmer than the oceanside of Truro), this is one beach everyone enjoys. Historically, Corn Hill was the site of a stash of Native American corn borrowed by hungry Pilgrims when they came ashore in nearby Provincetown.
Although referred to as the bike trail, this paved path also welcomes walking, running, horseback riding and rollerblading. And if there is enough snow, (which is rare), you may cross-country ski, too. Built on an old railway bed, the scenic 25-mile (40-kilometer) trail takes you from Dennis to Wellfleet via cranberry bogs, lakes and towns. Nickerson State Park, off Route 6A in Brewster, maintains the trail and is at the halfway point. See the website for a map with other rest areas and access points.
Working from MacMillan Pier, Dolphin boasts one of the largest whale watching fleets on the East Coast; if no whales are sighted, all passengers receive a free ticket for a future excursion. Their ships are built specifically for whale watching in the utmost comfort. All instructions and signs come in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
The practically endless stretch of golden sands, west of the city center ranks among some of the best beaches in the nation. Blessed with calm waters and a light surf, Herring Cove Beach offers excellent opportunities for swimming as well as water sports. Evenings are one of the best times to visit the beach as there's a fair amount of locals and visitors to enjoy the glorious sunset. The beach has been impeccably maintained and has parking and other basic facilities.
Veteran's Park Beach is an open and beautiful green space where memorial structures have been erected in honor of those who lost their lives in the Korean War. The park also has a memorial statute of John F. Kennedy.
Provincetown was recently listed as the sixth best beach location in the United States, and dramatic Race Point may be one reason why. Here the Cape Cod Bay waters meet wild Atlantic Ocean waves to create a roiling surge called "The Race." Not always safe for small boats, it's probably no accident that this beach contains the Race Point Lifesaving Museum. But it is well guarded in season, has a bath house, and is an overall good location for sunning and swimming. It can also be quite windy here, adding to the feeling that you are facing the elemental ocean at the end of the world.