Sandy Neck Beach

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On the border of the towns of Sandwich and Barnstable, end of Sandy Neck Road. Fee charged in the summer, large paved lots free and open at all other times but check in at gate usually required. There may be restrictions to launching kayaks off the beach here in the summer so check with local authorities before accessing the beach. Fairly long carry to water’s edge on the beach depending on stage of the tide. Fishing for stripers and bluefish along the many miles of sand bars and channels toward the entrance of Barnstable Harbor can be extremely productive and exciting as very large fish can be found from May right into November. This is the open water of Cape Cod Bay and kayaking here is not for novices; in fact, launching here is NOT recommended when the wind is on-shore, which is common in the fall. There is a huge variation in tidal range on this side of the Cape – up to eight feet at times – so be very aware of water levels if you choose to beach your kayak and wade-fish.