Ask any long-time Outer Cape vacationer and they’ll all tell you the same thing: The Beachcomber in Wellfleet, on Cahoon Hollow Beach is an institution. Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day since 1978, it’s where we love to go to have a few cold, tall ones, listen to live bands and get our beach bum on. Its the only oceanfront restaurant on Cape Cod so, really, do you need any other reason to make it a destination?
The menu includes the usual fare–burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, fried and grilled seafood and a raw bar, and the take-out window is convenient for beach-goers, but the real draw is the location. The views of Cahoon Hollow Beach are panoramic and absolutely stunning. The beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy through the purchase and eminent-domain acquisition of over 43,000 acres of Atlantic-facing land in Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.
The Beachcomber originally was one of nine lifesaving stations built in 1897 on the Outer Cape using federal funds. It was decommissioned then acquired in 1953 by a man who had spent idyllic childhood summers at Cahoon Hollow Beach. That owner operated the structure as a small inn then sold the business in 1978 to the current owners, who turned it into a restaurant and club. A “grandfather” clause allowed the new owners to continue to operate it as a privately held commercial property, one of only eleven at that time.
Parking at the Cahoon Hollow Beach lot is $15, but that fee can be applied to the purchase of food and drinks at The Beachcomber. That’s what I call a great deal.