This Atlantic-facing beach in Truro is the perfect spot on the Cape to see a beautiful sunrise. Residents tout it for the long, wide stretch of sand that makes it perfect for a relaxing stroll or a vigorous beach run.
Visitors also love settling in for a day of sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and even fishing on this relatively quiet shoreline known for its panoramic seascape.
On the northern tip of the Cape, the scenic quality of Ballston Beach is not to be understated. One visitor from out of town calls this beach “Nirvana” with its miles of sand in either direction, windswept dunes shielding the beach from town, and breathtaking view of the vast, open Atlantic.
This beach is a coveted gem for locals and best enjoyed by nonresidents in the off-season, unless you know a resident with a parking sticker to take you.
Resident Pro-Tip: For residents, it’s definitely worth the hassle of getting your sticker and enjoying this beach for as long as you’ll be on the Cape this summer. But don’t expect the process to be easy. Get online and get your sticker ahead of time, instead of trying to do it at the last minute when you’re ready to head to the beach.
Visitor Pro-Tip: To be eligible for a Non-Resident Beach Sticker, you must submit documentation verifying your stay in Truro. It’s a bit of a hassle, but probably worth it if you’re going to be staying near this beach for a long visit. (The cost is $75/week for non-residents.) Otherwise, enjoy the long walks and beautiful vistas in the off-season.
Best arrival time: Ballston Beach is a rare gem in that it doesn’t get too crowded despite its wide, open sand and perfect swimming access. But the reason for that has to do with the limited parking. Arrive early to get a spot or come late in the day after families are packing up.
- Swimming/Surfing: While the water isn’t as calm as beaches on Nantucket Sound, the waves are generally smaller than most open beaches on the Cape, making this a great spot for swimmers and beginning surfers.
- Biking: Due to the limited parking, biking is the perfect way to get to this beach if you’re staying close enough in Truro.
- Seals: This is a great spot for seal-watching. You can catch glimpses of them as you walk up and down the enormous stretch of beach.
Scenery: The wide, open Atlantic is a sight to behold for sure.
- Parking: With only 65 spots in the parking lot (plus the trouble of getting a parking sticker to begin with) visiting requires some dedication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any entrance fees?
You must have a parking sticker in season (3rd Saturday of June through Labor Day), available online from the Town of Truro
PLEASE NOTE: You cannot park without a sticker, and you cannot buy stickers at the beach entrance, they must be obtained ahead of time.
How do I get to the beach and where do I park?
Take exit off Route 6 just before you reach downtown Truro. The parking lot is at the end of South Pamet Road.
Are restrooms, changing rooms and showers available?
This beach only has portable toilets in season.
Is there any food or concession stands available?
Unfortunately, no. Make sure to pack a lunch (or dinner for you latecomers).
Are dogs allowed?
No, not in season.
Is the beach handicap accessible?
No, but there is handicap parking.
Does this beach have lifeguards in season?
Sorry. Swim at your own risk!
Fun Facts About Ballston Beach
This is a great place to catch bluefish if you’re up for ocean fishing. The water is usually calm enough to fish safely, while the open ocean offers access to larger fish than the bay side or even sound-facing beaches. Just refrain from fishing when the swell is up as it is possible to get dragged in.