A Summer Beach Fire on the Cape


The soothing sound of ocean waves crashing, the smell of sunscreen and the way that the humid salty air lingers on your skin long after you’ve made your way home — there are so many reasons that I love New England in the summer, but spending time at the ocean tops them all. I’ve spent a decent chunk of time on the Cape this summer. and since I have a newborn in tow, we’ve traded in the hot midday sun for evenings along the water. We spend time in Provincetown and especially love visiting Herring Cove (for its proximity to Ptown), Race Point Beach (for the dunes!), and my personal favorite, Head of the Meadow. These three beaches are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.


If you find yourself visiting the Cape Cod National Seashore even a few times during the season, it’s worth getting a season pass which costs $60. It costs $20 a day to park, so it’s worth it even after just a few visits. In total, there are 6 beaches along Cape Cod that are part of the National Seashore.

This summer, we’ve enjoyed having fires on the beach. Anyone can obtain a free permit to have a beach fire on one of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches (more info here). Permits are given out three days in advance, and are first come first serve. There are only a limited amount, but we’ve had good luck on weekdays (plus, it always helps to go at 8 or 8:30am, since a line forms before the visitor’s center opens at 9am. Also, if you’re out of luck on getting a permit, you can stop by at 3:30pm when permits are released if they haven’t already been picked up for the day). The permits allow you to have a campfire for up to 25 people — what a way to enjoy summer!

Image credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman

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