Note: The Gatehouse accepts cash, credit cards or checks. Checks are to be made out to the Town of Barnstable.
There are six items of equipment required in order to purchase an ORV Permit.
1. An approved spare tire; check with the gatehouse to see if your tire will qualify if it is non-conforming. NO run flat tires are acceptable at
2. Tow device: minimum of 15 feet. Rope ¾” in diameter, OR strap, 6,800 lb capacity, 1 ½” wide, OR chain, 5/16” link, OR cable, 3/8” diameter, OR suitable
vehicle mounted winch.
3. Jack: Standard type jack or hydraulic bottle jack.
4. Support board: for purpose of setting the jack on should you have a flat tire. 18”x 18” ¾” plywood or ¼” thick steel.
5. Shovel: heavy duty, equal to military folding type or better.
6. Tire gauge: low pressure type, must register 10 psi or lower.
Barnstable residents will be required to show proof of residency. The only acceptable proof of residency are one of the following:
1. Vehicle registration with Barnstable street address (PO Box is not sufficient).
2. Deed or HUD statement with your name on it showing ownership of property in Barnstable.
3. Tax bill showing Barnstable address.
4. A lease of Barnstable property for the term of no less than one year.
I just bought a new camper. How do I get a permit?
In addition to the six (6) items of required equipment, self-contained vehicles must carry the following:
1. 30’ measuring device. Examples are: piece of rope 30’long, measuring tape 30’long.
2. Your vehicle must have permanently fixed separate gray and black tanks.
3. An operational carbon monoxide detector.
4. Any 2 wheel drive camper that is new to you, is required to have a 2 wheel drive test, even if it has been previously been on the
beach. 2 wheel drive tests can be scheduled by calling the Gatehouse for an appointment. Tests are given Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays.
Note: The 30’ measuring device can be a piece of rope or string or a measuring tape or anything measuring 30’. This measuring device is used to make
sure campers leave a 30’ right of way for entering and exiting the beach.
I want to fish with the tides but it is past curfew, how does that work?
Fishermen who want to take advantage of the great fishing at Sandy Neck may “fish with the tides” providing that each person has proper fishing equipment:
Fishing rod, bait and tackle and must be actively fishing. Fishermen will be asked to show these items to the Gatehouse Attendant and or the Natural
Resource Officer on duty.
Off Road Vehicle Access Hours:
I have a permit so I can go on and off the beach anytime right?
In season, April 1st through October 31st, Off Road Vehicle hours are:
. You must be past the gatehouse by
to stay out until curfew. All vehicles must exit the park by
Off season, November 1st through March 31st, Off Road Vehicle hours are:
All vehicles must exit the park by
Note: If beach conditions are unsafe, the staff will close the beach to Off Road Vehicles and the beach access road will be blocked off. You may wish to
consult the website or call the Gatehouse prior to coming to the beach if you are unsure of the conditions. The Off Road Vehicle beach access may be closed
due to a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, high tides, storm conditions, shorebird nesting protection, or other stranded wildlife on
When accessing the Off Road Vehicle Beach, either by way of the Great Marsh Hiking Trail or the Off Road Vehicle Access road; you and your pet will be
walking through deep sand and or pavement and in the summer months it may be too hot for you or your pet. Both you and your pet will need plenty of water!
Hot sand or pavement will scorch the pads of a dog’s paws and in some cases they may suffer from heat exhaustion! Please see the Gatehouse Supervisor for
recommendations regarding temperatures and conditions.
NOTE: Sometimes during peak days in the summer the parking lot gets full early. We may have to ask you to turn around and leave the park once the lot
is full. This is a safety issue and we need to keep
Sandy Neck Road
clear in case of an emergency. Whether you are a visitor to the beach or a resident of Barnstable or Sandwich and have a beach parking permit, we will
ask you to turn around at the Gatehouse and leave the park. We suggest you either visit another beach, or try coming back later on. We allow only five
vehicles to queue up for upcoming available spots. Sandy Neck Policies state that five (5) vehicles must exit the Bodfish parking lot prior to allowing
five (5) up. We apologize for any inconvenience.
While we wish to accommodate refund requests, it clearly states on the daily parking pass that there are no refunds. That being said, if Sandy Neck is not
quite to your liking, we will be happy to give you directions to another Barnstable Beach. The daily beach parking pass you purchase is good for all the
public beaches in Barnstable for that date. Please see the list of beaches on the reverse side of the parking pass.
We are asked all the time about our tent camping. It is a primitive campground with 5 sites and it is more than 3.3 mile hike through deep sand out to the
sites. Tent campers must carry all their camping equipment out on foot. No one can access the campground by vehicle on the front beach.
The Gatehouse is closed in the winter and reopens in April. The staff is in and out of the Gatehouse during these months, doing projects and getting ready
for the upcoming season. As long as you are entering the park at the appropriate Off Road Vehicle hours, and you have a current Off Road Vehicle permit,
you may go out on the beach.
Note: If beach conditions are unsafe, the staff will close the beach to Off Road Vehicles and the beach access road will be blocked off. You may wish
to consult the website or call the Gatehouse prior to coming to the beach if you are unsure of the conditions.
You can still purchase a current year sticker, even when we are not keeping regular hours at the Gatehouse. Call the Gatehouse 508-362-8300 to make an
appointment. If no one is there, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
I want to purchase official Sandy Neck Merchandise, but the Gatehouse is closed what do I do?
You can still purchase official Sandy Neck merchandise by calling the Gatehouse 508-362-8300 to set up an appointment. If you are driving to the beach and
see someone in the Gatehouse, feel free to stop and knock on the door. We will be more than happy to accommodate you!
If you do not see the answer to your question here, please call the