Mayflower Beach

Mayflower Beach

Mayflower beach, off Dunes Road in Dennis, is an essential summertime spot along the mid-Cape that sees thousands of visitors every year. This beach is really only a slice of the northern Dennis shoreline on Cape Cod Bay, stretching from Nobscusset Point at the eastern end to the Chapin beach shoulder at the western end. This beautiful border encompasses three beaches in one: Chapin, Mayflower and Bayview beach.

Mayflower beach is one of the most unique shoreline experiences available to Cape Codders. At low tide you can walk for miles on the tidal flats, making it both a prime spot for photographers and sunset-chasers alike.

This public beach has plenty of room for frisbee games, lifeguards on duty, public restrooms, a boardwalk, picnic area and paid parking.

Mayflower Beach Rentals

There are many homes and apartments available for rent near Mayflower beach, from seaside shanties to larger full- and three-quarter-Capes to full-on mansions.

As with any beach-side rental, expect steeper prices in the summer with reductions in the off season. Most renters will charge by the week in peak season, with prices averaging around $4,000 per week – that’s the middle number however, and a variety of deals do crop up depending on house size and number of guests. From October to May, prices can drop as low as $120 a night.

The majority of houses for rent near Mayflower beach have two or more bathrooms, even some of the shacks. Most also have washing machines but there is a laundromat a few minutes down the road in Yarmouthport off Route 6A for the shanties that don’t. Some larger rentals will also be equipped with dishwashers, pools and other luxury amenities; however the majority will feature classic Cape-style home designs which emphasize simplicity.

There are golf and mini-golf courses nearby and a major shopping center. Downtown Dennisport, along Route 28, is just a few minutes south.

But you don’t have to drive very far for great food: Chapin’s, FIN, Scargo Café, Red Pheasant and Gina’s By the Sea are a close drive (or even walk) from the northern shore, serving classic American, Italian and French fare.

Of course for many, a trip to the beach couldn’t be complete without ice cream, and those people are in luck. There’s the Ice Cream Smuggler nearby off Route 6A and Captain Frosty’s just a bit further south on that road. The mid-Cape is chalk full of creameries though, with the legendary Sundae School just down the road in Dennisport.

The beautiful thing about Mayflower beach is that it’s really three beaches in one, and even during peak season there’s usually an open spot to be found for the dedicated beachgoer. It’s one of the few beaches that many people enjoy more at low tide, since there’s a few hundred feet of tidal flats which form pools to explore and provide extra space for a few hours.

It’s best to try Mayflower beach during the week to get a taste of what it can offer when fewer people are around, but day in and day out you can expect a quintessential Cape Cod experience from it.

Parking at Mayflower Beach

There are three main parking lots available for visitors to Mayflower beach, each corresponding with the three beaches that make up the shoreline.

Dunes Road, Chapin Beach Road and Bayview Road all have parking for each of the three areas of the shoreline.

Daily parking costs are $20 for weekdays and $25 for weekends, or a $75 weekly parking fee. Residents of Dennis can buy a $40 sticker good for a season. There’s also a $300 non-resident seasonal option. You can find the most up-to-date information on parking at the town’s website.

Speaking of seasons, the parking fees are in place from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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