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First Encounter Beach

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A must see when you are on the cape

This was the first trip to the beach for our kids, and the first for my wife and myself since we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
A fall visit before lunch

Small parking lot; nice view, sandy beach, a couple outhouses. Nice on a quiet Fall day. Worth... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
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1699 Samoset Rd, Eastham, MA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first trip to the beach for our kids, and the first for my wife and myself since we were kids. The sunset is just unreal and the water is alot calmer than the ocean side. The historic value and the sunset make...More

Thank rwp0wis
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Small parking lot; nice view, sandy beach, a couple outhouses. Nice on a quiet Fall day. Worth checking out

Thank Sunshine562109
Reviewed October 2, 2018

You need an Eastham sticker, or you can pay the daily rate at the gate ($20, I think). There is a large parking lot as you enter, and this is the busiest part of the beach. But drive down further and park along the dunes...More

Thank JELPaints
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We went to this beach in the evening during low tide. You can walk for ages and see all kinds of little sea creatures that normally would be out of sight and under water. It’s so easy to just get caught up strolling around! A...More

Thank LoriAllen
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

We love going to the beach and this one was a must while at the Cape. They have a stone and plaque acknowledging the name of the beach and that it’s believed that the 1st encounter happened somewhere close by. It’s an old and hard...More

1  Thank trouthousenogo
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a place to come for relaxation and quiet pleasure. The sandbars/tidal flats are lovely for walking and watching the birds and water and changeable land, and a sweet place for little ones to have fun in manageable pools of water.

Thank aikensue22
Reviewed September 16, 2018

OMG, but does this place get a beautiful sunset! Decent sized parking lot, benches to wait on until SHOWTIME, and an amazing view of the event!

1  Thank Northern_Traveler00
Reviewed September 11, 2018

This is our favorite beach on the Cape. Plenty of parking and instead of a huge lot, the parking is along a long paved area that parallels the beach. So your walk to the shore is not a hike. You can decide if you want...More

1  Thank sipapu36
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

This beach has easy close parking, beautiful sand and as it’s on the bay side of the cape, minimal waves & it’s shallow waters are some of the warmest waters I’ve experienced in the north east! During low tide you can walk out for a...More

Thank Grears
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This lovely beach is on the bay side of the cape, which means calm, shallow water is the rule. There are beautiful views at low tide, and if you appreciate history, this is the place where the Pilgrims first encountered native Americans in 1620. You...More

Thank Michael M
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andrea g
August 1, 2018|
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Response from melisbaz | Reviewed this property |
We never had a problem finding parking but the lot is not huge.
Laurie S
August 21, 2017|
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Response from Rosalie P | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Also ice cream trucks visit beach.
August 23, 2016|
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Response from gcv |
how much to get into the beach