About Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a 40-mile sandbar with wicked currents and pounding surf most of the year, save for the docile summer months. Such geology makes for constant change, thus the best break on any given swell may change with the tide, sandbar or any number of other subtle natural quirks. Luckily, 40 miles isn't too much to explore in a day, which is more often than not the time frame you're looking at for the golden end of a swell. Nevertheless, there always needs to be a beginning: The best place to start searching is at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham and work north along the coast toward Wellfleet. Peaks in front of the parking lots are often the most crowded, while waves just as good go unridden farther down the beach.

Source: Cape Cod Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Good for any and all surfers depending on the size and season.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Depends on season -- summer is busy and winter is much quieter.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Can get really good on the right swells.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Pretty mellow in the summer but much worse in the winter when cold water and air necessitate full winter gear.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty good -- check with Barnstable County for latest test results.

Additional Information




Multiple parking lots but fees apply for parking in the National Park.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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