Scusset Beach: A Cape Cod Treasure
Last weekend, Mike and I took a drive over to beautiful Scusset Beach State Reservation, located in Southeastern Massachusetts on Cape Cod Bay. This gorgeous Cape Cod beach is located at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal (at the end of the 8 mile Cape Cod Canal bike path, which I also recommend). Being avid Sea Glass collectors, we decided to take a ride over as this beach is regarded as one of the hotspots in Massachusetts for Sea Glass collecting.
Even though it was a beautiful 60 degree day, the windy weather made it feel much cooler! Walking along the beach we were absolutely freezing, however, the scenery was stunning and we ended up finding a nice selection of Sea Glass. In fact, we found our first perfectly rounded jewelry grade piece to add to our collection. We also found a piece of rare cobalt blue (which derive from early 1900’s Milk of Magnesia bottles) and a really cool piece of glass from an old Coke bottle. Take a look at our collection below!
The best time to search for Sea Glass is low tide, preferably the first of the day. I recommend arriving at the beach early before all the glass is picked over by other people. Ideally, after a storm is your best chance for collecting.
A Quiet Cape Cod Gem
I imagine Scusset Beach would also be beautiful to visit during the summer months. The sand is smooth and the water especially clear for a New England beach. The beach is very long (1.5 miles) and wide so crowds are not a big problem. Also, there are plenty of places to spread out. You will notice more of a secluded feel than other Massachusetts beaches, which depending on your preference, can be a plus or minus. I prefer the laid back, quietness of the beach over a noisy, overpopulated beach. Scusset would be an ideal beach to take a summer stroll or even jog and while watching a gorgeous Cape Cod sunrise.
Tips for a great visit
Wear warm clothes if searching for Sea Glass during the cool spring/fall months. Even if it is warm outside, the temps get very, very cold near the water. Plus, it can get extremely windy!
Take a summer ride along the scenic Cape Cod Canal path before relaxing at the beach. An ideal summer day in Cape Cod – biking, enjoying the water, collecting Sea Glass, and relaxing on the beach! As a bonus, you can avoid the beach parking fee by parking for free at the start of the bike path. Read more about my experience biking along the Cape Cod Canal path.
Camping is another popular summer activity. 98 RV sites and 5 tent sites are offered. Check out the camping map.
Directions: Scusset Beach State Reservation is located at 20 Scusset Beach Rd in Sandwich, Massachusetts, approximately an hour from both Providence and Boston. Parking is $14 per day for residents and $40 for non residents.