Private Beach

How to stay far, far away from it all

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idn’t think it was possible to really get away from it all any more on crowded Cape Cod? We’ve got you covered. You can settle in more than two miles from anybody, at a genuine Cape Cod lighthouse on the very easternmost point of the Cape that allows overnight stays: Race Point Light in Provincetown, built in 1816 to mark the line between the open ocean and the calmer waters of Cape Cod Bay. A volunteer “lighthousekeeper” will drive you there across the dunes from Race Point Beach Road, the nearest stretch of pavement. There are three bedrooms in the keeper’s house, and a separate whistle house sleeps eight. A wind turbine furnishes electricity and great fishing and spectacular sunsets provide the entertainment. And if you don’t want to stay there, you can also tour the lighthouse on the first and third Saturdays of June, July, August, September, and October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The original Race Point lighthousekeepers had to carry their supplies across the dunes, and their children had to walk two and a half miles over sand to school each day until, in the 1930s, lighthousekeeper James Hinckley invented the dune buggy by customizing an old Ford.

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