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Description - South Cape Beach, located between Waquoit Bay and Vineyard Sound, contains a wide variety of coastal environments, including barrier beach and dunes, salt marsh, scrub oak/pitch pine woodland and "kettle" ponds. A magnificent white sand beach stretches for over a mile. Newly constructed over-the-dune boardwalks, a small parking area and bathrooms make this a lovely place to spend a day at the shore. Interpretive programs are offered during the summer months. Between Columbus Day and Patriots Day the state parking lot gates are locked and parking can be found at the Mashpee Town Beach parking lot.

Attractions - The Park is a component of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is based in Falmouth and managed by the DCR and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more information and a schedule of interpretive events visit the Waquoit Bay NERR web page or call the Reserve at 508 457-0495 for recorded information.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities at South Cape Beach State Park include; boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, walking, viewing scenery and swimming. Beaches and restrooms are handicapped accessible.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - South Cape Beach is located on the southern part of Cape Cod in southeastern Massachusetts. From the East/Mashpee Rotary: From the Mashpee Rotary follow Great Neck Road (south) toward New Seabury. Turn left at the main entrance, marked with a State Park sign. Between Columbus Day and Patriots Day proceed to the Mashpee Town Beach parking lot at the end of the entrance road. No sticker is required in winter to park at the town lot.


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