Trip to the Outer Cape

Skaket Nauset

Ready to get off the porch and take a ride to the “Outer Cape” (sometimes also called the lower cape)?  Here is a suggestion for a day trip that will give you a great overview: Skaket Beach on Cape Cod Bay, the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center on ROute 6, Nauset Beach on the Atlantic Ocean and Provincetown.  This trip is best done during the week, not on a weekend.

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Head out on Sandwich Road, along the canal. As you approach the Sagamore Bridge you’ll need to decide between the scenic and fast options to get to Orleans.  If you’ve got the time to take the scenic route you will want to proceed straight through the light at the bridge and drive along scenic Route 6A to Orleans.  Otherwise, if you want to get there quickly, take the right at the light just before the bridge and get onto Route 6. Continue for 33 miles and take Exit 12 towards Orleans and Brewster.  Keep right at the forlk and go on Route 6A.  Very shortly turn Left onto West Road, then left onto Skaket Beach Road.  Keep right at the fork to continue to the beach.

Or just set your GPS for Skaket Beach Road in Orleans, MA.  At the end of the road you will pull into Skaket Beach parking lot.  The daily fee for 2012 was $15 and that allows access to both beaches.  After Labor Day there is no charge for parking in the lots.

After exploring Skaket Beach you may want to continue to Nauset Beach, stopping first for some education at the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center.  Then drive along Ocean View Drive to Coast Guard Beach or Nauset Beach to see the dunes and waves of the open ocean beaches on the outer cape.  And if you still have some energy drive to Provincetown for a tour and dinner.

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