We visited the Craigsville Beach in Cape Cod, MA and had a great time. It has everything a family wants in a beach, a wide and long sandy beach with seashells, life guards, bathrooms, and concessions.
There are plenty of waves, but not huge ones. There are good swells that make it just perfect for families with young kids.
While we were there, there was a jellyfish alert, we saw several. The lifeguards keep this information at the parking attendant booth, so you know before you even get there. If you were to encounter a jellyfish, the lifeguards have vinegar. One girl did get a sting while we were there and the lifeguard assisted her and she was fine.
The beach was pretty sandy for Cape Cod, although grainy. Our kids had fun building sandcastles and getting buried in the sand.
They even met other kids to play with and work together on their sandcastle building. My son and his team found 12 horseshoe crabs to ‘decorate’ their sand castle with…they were dead but still cool looking to boys.
Video of “Horseshoe Crab City”
There was plenty of seaweed in the ocean and on the shoreline but it wasn’t anything to be concerned about!
Seaweed makes great decorations for sandcastles – the girls decoration of choice for their sand castle creation below.
Craigsville Beach is a public beach. It cost $15 a day to park during the week and $20 during the weekend and holidays. This pass is good for all Barnstable public beaches for the same day – in and out privileges. There was a concession stand/resaturant across the street for lunch and ice cream.
Craigsville Beach was only a short 10 minute drive from Cape Codder Resort where we were staying. It is a fantastic Cape Cod resort for families with plenty of activities for kids and families from morning to night in addition to an indoor wave pool, outdoor heated pool, and more.