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First Encounter Beach

End of Samoset Rd. off U.S. 6, Eastham, MA
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Family beach day

The kids love walking way out and collecting shells. Good place for Sunsets. No rough surf to worry... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike T
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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There are no waves.But if it's a sunny day with morning low tide,that huge area of exposed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Randy P
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“hermit crabs” (17 reviews)
“low tide” (51 reviews)
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End of Samoset Rd. off U.S. 6, Eastham, MA
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"hermit crabs"
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"low tide"
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"watch the sunset"
in 14 reviews
"tidal pools"
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"ice cream truck"
in 8 reviews
"clams"
in 16 reviews
"native americans"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful sunset"
in 7 reviews
"warm water"
in 8 reviews
"ocean side"
in 11 reviews
"cape cod bay"
in 3 reviews
"historical significance"
in 4 reviews
"half mile"
in 5 reviews
"sea creatures"
in 3 reviews
"small waves"
in 3 reviews
"plenty of parking"
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"bring your camera"
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Reviewed yesterday

The kids love walking way out and collecting shells. Good place for Sunsets. No rough surf to worry about.

Thank Mike T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are no waves.But if it's a sunny day with morning low tide,that huge area of exposed sand,heats up .Then the high tide comes in on that hot sand. I love the warm water! You may get water temps in the 80s.There's no where else...More

Thank Randy P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little beach which is aptly named. While originally its historical significance was its identifier, base on the fact that it is a draw for young families, I imagine it is also a first encounter for the youngest generation.

Thank Drbrooks4337
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just returned from a vacation in Eastham where we spent two days at First Encounter Beach. When the tide is in, the water is still fairly shallow with small waves and it's much warmer then on the Atlantic side. When the tide goes out...More

Thank maryroserobinson77
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No stairs..you can sit in the car and watch the waves. Great for kids relatively calm and low tides reveals tidal pools.

1  Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A picturesque beach that provides an opportunity to visit where history was made. Would be improved by more information perhaps.

Thank Martyn W
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

What an incredible treasure this beach turned out to be! We arrived during low tide and found an expansive beach filled with tidal pools/rivers a half a mile out until the actual bay itself. It's a great space for families with young kids, as the...More

6  Thank melisbaz
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

Not only is there the history of the first encounter the Pilgrims had with the Native Americans, but it's a fun place to sit and soak in some rays and enjoy the beauty. We brought snacks and took out our towels and lay on the...More

1  Thank cheeseheadfamilyof4
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

The fine folks at the Inn at the Oaks tipped us off to this place being a great vantage point for sunsets. It did not disappoint!

Thank Belle5
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

One of our favorite Bay beaches on the Cape. When the tide is out you can walk a half mile out into the bay. The grand children can spend hours making discoveries. The crowd thinks by late afternoon, then returns before the sun sets. Always...More

1  Thank Dennis S
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andrea g
August 1, 2018|
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Response from Sharon G | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is large and more down to the end of the beach. It does get full, but more parking than most small beaches.
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Laurie597
August 21, 2017|
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Response from R&RKensington | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Also ice cream trucks visit beach.
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pab0217
August 23, 2016|
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Response from gcv |
how much to get into the beach
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