Sandy Neck features 4,700 acres of unspoiled dunes, maritime forests, and marshes. This barrier beach shelters the 3,000-acre Great Marshes which are home to a vast chain of marine life, as well as land and sea birds. It is an incredibly popular beach with sunbathers, swimmers, paddle-boarders, beach-combers and off-road vehicle adventurers, alike.
In the summer it is bustling. On the west side, one can relax in a beach chair, play Frisbee, go for a swim, or take a stroll looking for sea shells. On the east side, if you have the proper ORV Permit, and the right type of vehicle and equipment, you can drive onto the beach for the day and explore approximately 6 miles of off-road vehicle trails.
Trail Map of Sandy Neck Beach Map courtesy of Town of Barnstable, Marine Environmental Affairs Department
If you are an avid hiker or runner, there are 4.8 miles of trails that provide a great way to get your exercise, enjoy the dunes, scan the marsh for bird activities, and look for animal signs from the host of animals that live in the area.
The Sandy Neck Chronicles – No.1: Winter on the Beach
Sandy Neck is wonderful all times of the year. Winter can be especially beautiful, providing a totally different perspective of year-round beach life.
Winter Strollers on Sandy Neck
During this quieter time, one can walk in glorious solitude and be swept away by the beauty of the winter waves. If the weather cooperates and provides a glimpse of spring (which it has this year), you can find families and couples out for a stroll dreaming of warmer days to come.
Snowy Owl Resting on Sandy Neck
Winter Dunes on Sandy Neck
If you are an avid photographer and bird-lover, Sandy Neck can be truly special. Since it is a barrier beach, it is a hotspot for snowy owls during the winter months. A while back, our good friend Zig Guzikowski (whose pictures you have been enjoying) took innkeeper Rick under his wing (pun intended), and the two of them went on a field trip to capture a photograph of this legendary and elusive owl.
Since Zig has an ORV permit, we were able to drive out towards the tip of the beach, hike in about a mile, and were blessed with a glimpse of this magnificent raptor. With a little bit of luck, and a strong telephoto lens, innkeeper Rick was able to capture a wonderful shot of this fabulous bird.
Sandy Neck…a special place right in our neighborhood!