The beaches of Cape Cod draw in large numbers of visitors on an annual basis, with Dennis easily being one of the very best beach towns in the region. The thing that really stands out about the Dennis beaches is their variety. With well over a dozen different beaches to choose from, each offering their own unique views and features, you can spend a full vacation here and always have something new to discover. Read on to learn full details and useful information about the best beaches in Dennis. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Chapin Memorial

Chapin Memorial

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Once known as Black Flats due to the black sand found here, Chapin Memorial was named in honor of a man named George Chapin who once owned the land on which the beach is situated. It's one of the best beaches in Dennis and in all of Cape Cod for watching the sunset, so it's a nice place to come as a couple, strolling hand in hand along the soft sands as the sky begins to darken. Good swimming can be enjoyed here too and this Dennis beach never seems to get too busy or noisy. More things to do on Cape Cod


Princess Beach, Dennis

Princess Beach, Dennis

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If you're looking to visit a Dennis beach with a difference, check out Princess Beach. This is one of only two beaches in the area not to be located on the ocean coast. Princess Beach is actually situated on the shores of Scargo Lake and has a real fairy tale sort of vibe, with the shimmering waters of the lake surrounded by soft sands and lush vegetation. Couples will really appreciate the intimate setting of this beach and there's a safe swimming area, scenic hiking trail, and children's playground too.

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Corporation Beach

Corporation Beach

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Definitely one of the better beaches for families in Dennis, Corporation Beach is situated on Nobscussett Point and is also sometimes referred to as Nobscussett Beach. There's a great playground here for the kids to enjoy and a useful snack bar that opens up in the summer months to serve tasty treats and refreshments. Corporation Beach is quite large, so there's plenty of room to explore and spread out for beach games and picnics. More things to do in Dennis

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Bayview Beach

Bayview Beach

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Bayview Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Dennis and is always a big hit with families in particular. Lifeguards are on duty here to ensure that everyone stays safe and the waters are just right for young children to splash and paddle around. Tide pools will also form when the tide is low, offering even more fun little spots to swim around in, and the sands are nice and soft at this Cape Cod beach, ideal for sitting back with a good book or good company and letting the hours fly by. Visitors should note that parking at this beach can be tricky and part of the sand is privatized, so it's important to pay attention to the signs.

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Haigis Beach

Haigis Beach

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If you're looking to do some shelling in Dennis, Haigis Beach is the place to be. Lots of lovely little ocean treasures wash up on the shore here, so it's a super spot to stroll along, eyes focused on the sand in search of a special souvenir to take home with you. This beach also has quite gentle water conditions due to several rocky jetties, making it a nice spot for people of all ages to do some swimming. There's a play area for the kids too and a lifeguard on duty through the summer, making it one of the safest beaches in the area.

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Cold Storage Beach

Cold Storage Beach

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This uniquely named beach earned its moniker due to the old storage huts that were used to keep fish fresh and cold back in the early 20th century. It's a pretty little beach and a nice spot to sit with the kids and enjoy a picnic or build some sandcastles. There isn't much shade to be found at this beach, so you might want to bring your own umbrella or beach tent to cool off when the sun is beating down. Parking is good at this beach and it's easy to access too, so it's a good choice if you're in Dennis and looking for a quiet and comfortable place to spend some quality time.


Howes Street

Howes Street

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Located at the eastern end of Corporation beach in East Dennis, Howes Street Beach is a quiet little haven which offers fine powdery sand and great swimming. There is a large parking lot and mobile concessions come by to offer drinks and snacks. If you need a restroom or a more substantial meal you can easily walk to Corporation Beach. At low tide the water really recedes a lot and leaves a very wide beach with packed sand, ideal for long beach strolls. There are large sand dunes backing the beach and access is over the dunes along a boardwalk.

Howes Street Beach, East Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Scargo Pond

Scargo Pond

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Scargo Pond (or lake) is a natural fresh-water kettle pond located in Dennis, Cape Cod. The lake covers around 60 acres and is known for its clear still waters which are ideal for swimming. While there is not much of a beach at the pond, it is a great place to bring the family to swim in the calm roped-off swimming area. There are also a few swings for kids to enjoy and a picnic pavilion is available on a first come, first served basis. The pond is regularly stocked with fish which means you can also spend some time trying to catch your dinner.

Scargo Pond, 152 Scargo Hill Rd, Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Glendon Road West

Glendon Road West

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You will find Glendon Road West Beach nestled along the southern shore of Dennis in Cape Cod. Ideal for families, Glendon Rd West offers a long stretch of sandy beach which generally has small waves, making it ideal for children. There are also lots of rock jetties and you can enjoy some great rock pooling and shell-collecting at low tide. This beach boasts a large parking area and restrooms and has a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. In addition, you can expect an ice-cream truck to make regular calls and there is a restaurant directly across the road when hunger strikes.

Glendon Rd West Beach, Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Inman Road Beach

Inman Road Beach

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Located on the south shore of Cape Cod, directly overlooking the beautiful Nantucket Sound, Inman Road Beach is popular with both locals and vacationers. Like Glendon Rd, this beach also has fairly consistently placid waters which are ideal for swimming and body boarding. The beach has lovely soft sand and the water warm and inviting. Another plus is that there are no stairs to climb to get to the sand. Inman Road Beach has a large parking area, restrooms and lifeguards on duty in the summer. It can get rather busy at high season but there is generally enough space for everyone to enjoy their day on the beach.

Inman Road Beach, Dennis Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Mayflower Beach

Mayflower Beach

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Located just off Dunes Rd o North Shore of Dennis, Mayflower Beach is a very popular beach which sees large numbers of visitors during the summer months. This long beach stretches from Nobscusset Point in the east to Chaplin Beach at the western end. At low tide the water recedes to form large areas of tidal flats which are perfect for long sunset walks. Children will enjoy tidal pooling and crabbing. Mayflower beach is also spacious and visitors can enjoy spreading out and playing Frisbee or beach volleyball. The beach has lifeguards on duty and there are concessions for food and drinks. There are also restrooms on site.

Mayflower Beach, Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


More Info About Dennis, MA Beaches

More Info About Dennis, MA Beaches

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Dennis is home to around 14,000 people in total but attracts thousands more each year due to its beautiful beaches and stunning coastal scenery. There are lots of things to do in Dennis, but the town really stands out for its beaches. The Dennis beaches are well-known all around New England, with the town having a total of 18 individual beaches. 16 of them look out onto the ocean, while the remaining two are situated by freshwater ponds. There are beaches on both the northern and southern coastlines of Dennis and these beaches are beloved by both locals and Cape Cod visitors for their beauty and charm.

Located in Barnstable County around the central point of Cape Cod, Dennis, is a little town made up of five separate villages: Dennis, Dennis Port, East Dennis, West Dennis, and South Dennis. The town, which was first settled way back in 1639, has a fascinating history. It was named after the local minister, Reverend Josiah Dennis, and became a major fishing and seafaring spot as the years went by, before developing into a popular summer beach retreat. The town is also home to the Cape Playhouse, one of the oldest theaters in the entire United States and also the location where Golden Age Hollywood actress Bette Davis was first discovered.


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