Although Old Silver Beach, Surf Drive Beach, and Menauhant Beach will sell a 1-day pass, most other Falmouth public beaches require a parking sticker. Day passes to Old Silver are $20, and day passes to Surf Drive and Menauhant are $10. Renters can obtain temporary beach parking stickers, for $60 per week or $70 for 2 weeks, at Falmouth Town Hall, 59 Town Hall Sq. (tel. 508/548-7611), or at the Surf Drive Beach bathhouse in season (tel. 508/548-8623), which is open 9am to 4pm daily. The town beaches for which a parking fee is charged all have lifeguards, restrooms, and concession stands. Some of Falmouth's more notable public shores are as follows:
- Falmouth Heights Beach, off Grand Avenue, in Falmouth Heights: Once a rowdy spot, this is primarily a family beach these days. Parking is sticker-only, and some local inns will provide stickers to guests. This neighborhood supported the Cape's first summer colony; the grand Victorian mansions still overlook the beach. The beach has lifeguards and bathroom facilities.
- Grews Pond, in Goodwill Park, off Palmer Avenue, in Falmouth: This freshwater pond in a large town forest stays fairly uncrowded, even in the middle of summer. While everyone else is experiencing beach rage, trying to find parking at Falmouth's popular saltwater beaches, here you park for free and can wander shady paths around the pond. You'll find picnic tables, a playground, barbecue grills, a lifeguard, and restrooms.
- Menauhant Beach, off Central Avenue, in East Falmouth: A bit off the beaten track, Menauhant is a little less mobbed than Falmouth Heights Beach and better protected from the winds. There are lifeguards, bathroom facilities, and a bathhouse. A 1-day parking pass costs $10.
- Old Silver Beach, off Route 28A, in North Falmouth: Western-facing (great for sunsets) and relatively calm, this warm Buzzards Bay beach is a popular, often crowded, choice. This is the chosen spot for the college crowd and other rowdy young folk. Mothers and their charges cluster on the opposite side of the street, where a shallow pool formed by a sandbar is perfect for toddlers. The beach provides several amenities, including a bathhouse with showers and bathrooms, food concessions, and lifeguards. Sailboards are available to rent in season. A 1-day parking pass costs $20.
- Surf Drive Beach, off Shore Street in Falmouth: About a half-mile from downtown and appealing to families, this beach is easily accessible (it's a 10-min. walk from Main St.) but with limited parking. The area between the jetties is a shallow, calm area called "the kiddie pool." You'll find an outdoor shower, bathrooms, a food concession, and lifeguards. A 1-day parking pass costs $10.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.