One of the Cape Cods westernmost beaches, Chapoquoit Beach is a long and narrow strip of white sand overlooking Buzzards Bay. Located on a small peninsula that juts into the bay, Chapoquoit has a bit of a secluded feel which makes it a great place for those trying to escape the stress of everyday life.
Sandy shores and sweeping Buzzards Bay views greet you here in this Falmouth favorite coastal spot. Although it’s smaller than other town beaches, you can have a secluded escape from the Cape Cod crowds with grassy dunes and a sparkling salt marsh across the road. This natural setting is the reason families return every summer.
Named Chappy by locals, Chapoquoit Beach is off the beaten path between Buzzards Bay and sheltered West Falmouth Harbor. It’s a popular destination for Falmouth families seeking sand, surf, and sun. On windy days, waves crash along the shore, while swimmers and paddlers practice their strokes in clear, deep water when the weather is calm.
To explore the beach’s beautiful natural side, just cross the road from the parking area where you’ll find salt marsh stretching along the shores, creating a protected ecosystem where nature lovers can discover all kinds of wildlife. The Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries owns a large part, and has protected this habitat for future generations.
Surrounded by spiky green cordgrass, the marsh has tidal creeks where periwinkles and hermit crabs live. You’ll also have the pleasure to see fiddler crabs emerge by the hundreds. Beneath the shallow waters of the harbor, be sure to look for species like spider crabs and bay scallops, which live in spots where eelgrass grows.
Close by to awesome attractions like Woods Hole Science Aquarium and Nobska Point Lighthouse, this beach location is a favorite for local and tourist families. White sand and beautiful open ocean views greet beachgoers, while windsurfers are welcome on the north end of the beach. Absolutely ideal for sunset, put this spot on your list.