HERRING COVE BEACH
AT THE END OF THE WORLD
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Provincetown (Ptown), Massachusetts' only active nude beach in the summer of 2001 was located in Herring Cove Beach. Some women go topless in the lesbian section just southeast (left) of the beach's parking lot. Full nudity is usually only found about 3/4 mile further down the beach at the end of the gay men section. See the map below. Although illegal, a tenuous truce with the National Park Service (NPS) generally ignores nudity there during the day. Get some background information here.
Some ways to get to the nude section of Herring Cove Beach are discussed below. Most people use the Moors - Herring Cove Beach Access Trail.
- We went to Ptown after season in 2002, but the weather was great! Only went to the beach once, Saturday, 14 September 2002. Although there were more people than we expected in off season, there were few nude sunbathers, maybe 10% at most. We were told that the previous day, in the afternoon about 15:00, the fed police had snuck through and issued $50 tickets to those they found nude. We did not see the police during the time we were there from noon until 16:00.