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Date Posted:07/09/2005 05:27:05Copy HTML

I just spent the week before July 4th weekend in Provincetown, and I was a little disappointed in the thong turnout. The weather wasn't really great, so that was probably the number one reason. But I only saw one guy in a thong on a sunny Saturday, and he was thonging in a pretty secluded area. I was never uncomfortable in the gay area because there was a lot of guys in speedos and I would consider myself bisexual.I was just wondering if there were any good hotels with pools that are thong friendly. I've been to the Best Western, which is more family orientated, and I been to a place called Outer Reach which advertises as gay-friendly, but ther always families by the pool. I still go swimming in my thong, but I much rather be around other adults with similar interests.
sailor250 #1

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:06/12/2005 07:54:57Copy HTML

We've been there a few times in the last few years.


Near the far end of the parking lot the trail leads to the lesbian section, which after a few hundred meters is the mixed/hetero section then the gay section which is miles long.

We've worn thongs and g strings and even gone nude in the mixed section.  You'll see lots of topless women, but just cover up when the ranger comes by once a day.  There are often a few who are casually nude, many times their friends are in thongs or more, but everyone has a good time. Later in the day more than a few duff their suits after 4 pm.

The water's a little colder than the southern cape beachs and the beach is rocky but without waves as its on the bay side.

rickl454 #2

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/09/2005 09:49:28Copy HTML


That's a shame about Herring Cove Beach. If there was one beach in all of New England where one would think thongs ruled Herring Cove would be the one. We started our thonging on that very beach in 1974. If you are in the area, you might consider East Beach in Charlestown, RI. There are always a few thongers at that beach.
sailor250 #3

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/18/2005 11:41:15Copy HTML

We were at that beach just this week end and saw a few thongs.   We sat in the mixed section between the lesbians and gay guys.  I saw a 20's foxy girl in a red g string with a top walking down the beach with a 50's guy in a t-shirt and shorts.  Then saw a couple of other women in thongs and topless.  Quite a few topless lesbians in that section.

I wore a suit I call a thigh suit, it's not really a thong, much less!  because it doesn't use a waist band only a strap around your thigh, at the bottom of the butt around to the front which is a little higher and has a pouch that rides very low, revealing some root.  It's like those "Pert backless panties" I've seen somewhere.  It got quite a few looks.  One girl with a couple of guys behind us I overheard say "like that suit, look I can see his pecker"  While walking out of the water I heard one girl say to another while walking along "well that does away with the G lines"  Anyway I got rid of the g string tan lines with faint thigh lines.

I recent years I've seen at least one or two people strip nude later in the afternoon and no one cares, and I've joined them, but not this day.

kevinb959 #4

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/22/2005 11:44:16Copy HTML

On a weekday I'll attempt  to go nude or if I walk deep into the gay section where you might see some nudeness. And I don't feel any lurkers floating around. I'm sure I'll hjead up there one more time for the summer.
Ex_Member #5

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/08/2005 12:28:51Copy HTML

   I just took my first ever trip to Cape Cod via the Fast Ferry from Boston to Provincetown,  ( http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/ptown_main.html  ) and the wife and I spent a couple of hours at Herring Cove. The was many men in speedos, many men in thongs, and many men nude. Actually there was many, many men, EVERYWHERE. I would be remiss not to mention it was a bit of culture shock for us to be in a community so widely populated by gay people. We've travelled widely, and been to many places and beaches with gay sections, but at Herring Cove and in Provincetown in general, everywhere is the gay section.

   Understand, I mean no disrespect. The purpose of this board is relay experiences of locations that are friendly to those of us enjoy thonging with as little hassle as possible from authorities or other beach goers, and Herring Cove definatly fits that bill. But as a red-blooded hetero guy with zero sexual intrest  in men, I have to admit I was a little uncomfortable with all the attention I was getting. I mention this only in the context of informing other board members that if you're like me, this may not be the place for you. If you are gay, bi, or not bothered by such things, than Herring Cove is great. The only other caveat is the biting greenhead flies were incessent, even with a generous application of Deep Woods Off.


sailor250 #6

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/14/2005 06:58:33Copy HTML

Over the last week we spent some time at Herring Cove.  You've got to understand that there are sections of the beach where different groups congregate.  The nude section is at the far end of the gay male section.

The hetero section is between the first section from the parking lot , the lesbian section and the gay section.

While there we saw fewer thongs than on previous years.  One day saw two other guys in thongs, no g strings except mine.  Another day saw two other guys and one hetero girl in a lime green microkini who walked up with her boyfriend and before entering the lesbian section put on a tiny tube coverup (? wicked weasel)  Didn't see anyone nude in this area in two days unlike previously.  But were able to wear g strings without much comment or attention.  Alot of lesbians were topless in shorts or bikinis.

Ex_Member #7

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/15/2005 12:05:42Copy HTML

   Yes, I am aware of the different sections of the beach, because of a helpful map I found at this link: http://somanymen.com/PtownNudeBeach/

   Perhaps the particular day I was there was an exception, there was some kind of Bike race going on with many streets closed. Perhaps it was busier than normal because of this, but we walked from the entrance of the beach at the access path where everybody locks up their bikes all the way to beyond the bath house in the "staight section" (almost 2 miles) and with no exageration,  I could count on my fingers how many women were there (Les, straight, or whatever) You read that right, less than 10! Really. Again maybe that day was an exception, but I mention it only to articulate my experience, not to be insulting.


sailor250 #8

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/16/2005 07:23:08Copy HTML

That's not usual.  The other day there were well over a thousand in the lesbian section alone.
slipcoquille #9

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:05/03/2006 12:41:29Copy HTML

I'll be in P-town this weekend, staying for seven days at the Sandcastle Resort in the East End.  Any  thong-wearers care to join me?.
vtbeach #10

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:05/07/2006 10:42:46Copy HTML

How about Long Nook beach?  It's not quite as far as Provincetown.  I was there on a warm, sunny afternoon last September.  Seems like a great beach with or without a thong!
JM_Runs #11

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:05/22/2006 03:58:02Copy HTML

TENTH ANNUAL CAPE COD BEACH CLEAN-UP  at Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA
9:00 am, Saturday, June 10, 2006
The Cape Cod Nudist and Naturist Coalition is holding its TENTH annual Beach Clean-up. The event is open to all volunteer Nudists,
Naturists, their friends and any one that would like to help.
THANKS to the many volunteers of past years, our time and efforts have gained positive understandings with CCNS officials and the local community. Traditional clothing optional areas have been hassle free because of our volunteers. Based on previous successes, this beach clean-up is scheduled to reaffirm that the clothing optional sunbathers drawn to the Cape each year are environmentally aware and responsible partners in managing this fragile environment and good for business.
The opportunity to insure credibility with CCNS officials and the community cannot be ignored. Ultimately we envision that traditional clothing optional areas will be restored on Cape Cod.
A pre-clean-up count is important to schedule the services provided by CCNS and the Coalition. A THANK YOU noon picnic will be held at Race Point Beach followed by a chance to relax on a Truro beach.
A dinner group will assemble at the Seascape Motel in Truro at 5PM.
The Coalition of Nudists and Naturists working to restore hassle free clothing optional use on traditional Cape Cod beaches are
members of the following organizations, which can be found on the INTERNET.
Turn this clean-up into a fun filled weekend mini vacation in P-Town. To register send name, address, phone number and club affiliations
Bill Falconer                              George Winlock
Sunchasers Travel Club                     Naturist Action Committee
e-mail: mrcapp@netzero.net         e-mail: cleancape@aol.com

sailor250 #12

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/03/2006 09:19:11Copy HTML

A couple of weeks ago was in Mass. and had the opportunity to go to Long Nook which is a Truro town beach so you need a town sticker, either by residency or renting in town -after July 1 until Labor Day any other time it's free.

Anyway the nude beach was fairly busy.  My wife wasn't with me so I did some exploring.  It seems the other beach I think it's called Ballston is closer to the south than I remembered. Anyway you can walk for 1-2 miles nude without any worry with plenty of company.

I thought later in the day I'd see what was going on to the north of the entrance so I donned a Dore VLT V string and headed that way.  I got no further than about 10 yards north when I spotted three people laying out in various states.  At first glance I was surprised to see a fine looking tall thin girl about 20 with long black hair laying on her back completely nude not 20 yards from others completely clothed.  Then there was a 40's woman topless sitting beside her in a thong.  Then there was a person in long shorts and a buttonfront dress shirt laying there with a cap over their face.  At first I thought oh a father and mother and daughter.  Probably a European family and the daughter's lack of tanlines is her obsession. I sat down about 30 yards away.  Well then the 40's woman starts to put sun lotion on the nude girl and does it with more "love" than a mother would.  About then the person in the shirt and shorts wakes up and it's a short haired woman in late 40's.  It was three lesbians!  Anyway the nude girl just acted like anyone else went to the water, etc.  No one except a couple of preteen boys paid too much attention.  The three women paid more attention to me in my V string than anyone else paid to the nude and topless.


Anyway that's the Cape Cod beaches--you never know what to expect.

islandguy #13

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/27/2010 09:11:25Copy HTML

Often on the weekends in the summer I go to Herring Cove Beach.  After entering, turn left and drive to the far end of the parking lot.  There's a path to the beach.  The first hundred yards or so to the left is the Lesbian section.  The rest of the beach (for a couple of miles) is the gay men's section.  Between these two areas is a transition space where straight people wearing thongs and less go.  Typically there are a few women and men in thongs, some topless women, and sometimes a naked person or two.  The last time I was there, I saw some of each including a family in which the parents wore thongs and the two little kids wore nothing much of the time.

If a park ranger catches you nude or topless (for women) you will receive a $75 ticket, so a measure of caution is advisable if you choose either of those options.  Some days a ranger will walk through once or twice, some days never.

There are no worries wearing even the skimpiest g-strings, however.  I regularly walk to the rest room and snack bar wearing a low-rise, narrow-cut g-string made of sheer or mesh material.  The lifeguards see me, and I've walked past rangers a few times.  They smile and say hi.

A straight guy wearing a thong need not worry about gay men.  The gay men are almost always in pairs, and it is extremely rare to see one wearing a thong.  I've never had a concern walking along the gay men's section.  My guess is that gay men presume that a man in a thong is straight.

The beach is family-friendly and has a very tolerant atmosphere.  Thong-wearers should feel very comfortable.
rickl454 #14

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/28/2010 01:04:52Copy HTML

It sounds like nothing much has changed on the Cape over the years - even the price of the fines.  We started thonging at Herring Cove Beach back in the '70's.  "Left side of the parking lot, take the path through the dunes ..."  that sounds very familiar.  The gay sectioin was a few hundred yards then the crowd would thin out and we'd begin seeing (straight) couples. 

We found the gay guys both on the beach and in P-Town to be a nice bunch, never any problems of any kind.  In fact you could depend on one or two running down the beach to warn of the ranger truck approaching.  My wife would have her top safely in place long before the ranger arrived.  They saved us a lot of $75 fines over those years.

Over the years I've been to the beach alone wearing very little, or nothing at all, and have never had a problem with gay guys.  They will hit on a straight guy but once the issue of sexual orientation is established I've ended up having some interesting conversations on the beach.  In dealing with gays on the beach as any place else, the key is non-judgemantal respect. 
jtanguy #15

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/28/2010 01:58:54Copy HTML

I'm heading to Provincetown, MA - Herring Cove this weekend.
If there are any other thongers planning on being there - be sure to say hi or send a reply.
The weather this weekend on the Cape is suppose to be Perfect.
islandguy #16

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/28/2010 07:02:15Copy HTML

I spent Thursday and Friday at Herring Cove Beach.  The weather was great, the crowds were mellow, and there were no park rangers walking or riding on ATVs on the beach.  I was able to sunbathe nude, skinny-dip, and walk the beach nude.  Most of the people near me were wearing bathing suits.  However, during my walks, I saw a couple of other nude guys, a handful of topless women, and a small number of women and men wearing thongs.  I got some compliments on my tan and my (lack of ) attire.

The college kids who staff the entrance booths at all of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches during the summer have gone back to school, so only the permanent staff remains, apparently providing no opportunity for beach patrols.  There are still lifeguards on duty, and I did keep alert for rangers on the beach.  You never know.

When walking to the restrooms, I wore a mesh g-string one day and a sheer g-string the other day.  I didn't hear any explicit compliments, but the female lifeguards who were there Friday appeared to smile as I passed.

I plan to go back on Sunday and on at least one day over Labor Day weekend.
islandguy #17

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/02/2011 01:43:30Copy HTML

Yesterday was a beautiful day at Herring Cove Beach.  I spent the entire day nude about 200 yards from the far entrance from the parking lot on the left of the bathhouse.  I met a nudist couple from Florida who are staying on the Cape for the summer.  I also saw three other nude guys, each by himself.  There were a few topfree women in the same general area, one of whom was wearing a g-string and was with three guys wearing board shorts.

After 4:00 PM or so when the crowds had thinned a bit, several people, men and women, doffed their bathing suits to enjoy the warm sun and refreshing water au naturel. The park rangers made no appearances on the beach all day.

When walking to/from the rest rooms I wore a low-rise, narrow-cut g-string with an American Flag motif.  The suit elicited several compliments including one from a bikini-clad woman who asked me to pose for a photo with her.  Her boyfriend, wearing board shorts, seemed a bit embarrassed but indulged her by taking the picture. 

During my walks I exchanged pleasantries with two lifeguards, one male and one female. While I've worn a regular thong on all of the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches in recent years without receiving any negative feedback, Herring Cove is the one beach where tolerance for differences is so high that you can feel perfectly comfortable wearing just about any style of bathing suit.  I never feel self-conscious, even if I'm the only one wearing a thong.
islandguy #18

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/08/2011 12:25:46Copy HTML

I took the day off yesterday and went to Herring Cove Beach again.  I spent the day sunbathing, swimming, and walking the beach nude.  I saw one nude guy, four topfree women, one woman wearing a thong bikini, and one guy wearing a thong; each of them was in a separate party.  The only ranger sighting was around 3 PM.  I happened to be sitting up on my blanket when I saw him plodding down the beach.  He didn't look too friendly, so I put my t-shirt between my legs and draped a bit of it over my genitals.  He looked intently at me as he got closer, but kept on trudging by.  The past couple of years, different rangers have seen me naked and haven't said anything, but I didn't want to take a chance with this one.  I understand from the Pilgrim Naturists that it can be hit or miss regarding enforcement of the anti-nudity regulation on any given day.

Each time I went to the rest room I wore my American Flag g-string.  I received one compliment and a question from a guy who wanted to know where I bought it.  When I went around 4 PM the tide had come up to the seawall in front of the rest room/snack bar area, but there was still a lifeguard on duty, an attractive college girl.  She was alone and seemed bored, so I stopped and chatted with her for a few minutes.  When I asked, she told me that she hadn't seen many people wearing thong swimsuits so far this season, just a handful of girls and no guys besides me.  She suggested that not many guys have a slim enough build to pull it off, and, besides, they probably wouldn't have a butt as nice as mine!  She eventually said that she'd better get back to work, so I returned to my spot a ways down the beach where I didn't need to wear even a g-string.

All told, a very enjoyable day!  I hope to be able to do it again many more times this summer.
sailor250 #19

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/09/2011 11:51:59Copy HTML

Great to hear Islandguy.  It sounds like the beach may be returning to the vibe it had 5-10 years ago when in that area between lesbian and gay male sections you could feel free to be youself.  Used to be a good mix of all sorts of suits and a few males and females nude, just acting like everyone else and no one paying any attention.  I hope that ranger campaign against nudity is over- they were hiding in the bushes with binoculars, on bluffs etc a few years ago.  The late afternoon strip down seemed to be contagious back then between 4 and 5 pm.
islandguy #20

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:07/09/2011 03:35:16Copy HTML

Yes, we might be getting back to the good old days!  Certainly, the other beachgoers in the area don't mind what anyone wears.  Word has it that the rangers are more interested in curbing sexual behavior than mere nudity.  Perhaps they spend more time in the dune areas looking for illicit activity than they do walking the beach scrutinizing people's attire.

Another factor might be related to the economic downturn over the past few years.  I can remember when you had to get to the beach by noon or you'd have to wait in a long line of cars at the entrance for a parking spot to free up.  This never happens any longer.  In fact, the parking lot doesn't fill up even on perfect weekend days.  So perhaps the laissez-faire approach regarding nudity is part of an effort to attract and retain customers and thereby bolster sagging revenues from entrance fees.
islandguy #21

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/14/2011 05:13:36Copy HTML

Yesterday wasn't an ideal day - lots of high clouds, high humidity, and a high tide at noon - so the beach was not crowded.  I went to the area where I usually go and enjoyed the day nude except during trips to the restroom.  On my first trip, I had to walk through the entire parking lot because the high water made it difficult to walk all the way along the shore. I wore a regular black thong and didn't notice any special attention directed my way.  Later when the tide had receded I wore a black g-string on my walk.  Again, I detected no special attention, negative or positive.

The park rangers came through twice, around 11:30 and 1:30.  The first time, I was lying nude on my stomach.  The ranger was in an ATV and passed by within 10 feet of me without saying a word.  The second time, I was walking back from the restroom and the ranger was walking towards me.  I said hello and he reciprocated as we passed.

I saw no one nude, no topfree women, and no one wearing a thong.  These observations represent an aberration.  The skimpiest swimsuit I saw was on a guy with his wife and 3-year-old daughter.  It was a low-rise Speedo-type suit with 1" sides.  There were some girls in their early twenties wearing string bikinis, but their suits were no briefer than what would be seen on a "family" beach.

In spite of the absence of others wearing thongs or less, I felt comfortable and had a very relaxing day.  Folks here always seem to be non-judgmental and respectful of differences.
islandguy #22

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/28/2011 03:21:04Copy HTML

 Last week was my vacation week on Cape Cod.  I went to Herring Cove Beach on five of the days and to other beaches on the other days.  I was naked all the time on the beach at Herring Cove:  sunning, swimming, and taking long walks.  I set up in the same place – a couple of hundred yards down from the far left entrance from the parking lot.  I usually arrived early, so the people who set up near me chose to be near a naked guy.  I did not see anyone else naked all week (unusual), but there were a few topfree women on most days.  During the week I saw a few people wearing thongs and one man in a g-string.  Plenty of men wore Speedo type swimsuits and many women wore string bikinis.  

The park rangers did not patrol the beach at all, so I was completely at ease without a swimsuit.  When walking to the restrooms or snack bar, I wore a see-thru g-string:  sheer blue, orange mesh, or black mesh.  The mesh suits have 1/8” holes.  The black one is the most revealing due to the contrast between the dark material and the skin.

I often loitered around the pavilion to gauge the reactions of people coming and going. People hardly seemed to notice my swimsuits.  I detected no negative reactions but did receive a compliment on the black mesh suit. A few times I set my camera on a picnic table and took some photos of myself with the lifeguard in the background.  I also chatted with lifeguards.  The male lifeguards were professional almost to the point of curtness.  The female lifeguards were pleasant and quite affable.   The sample size was too small to determine whether the behavioral differences were influenced by my swimsuit or simply a function of the personal styles of the particular individuals.

I was completely at ease at all times. Spending 90% of my time naked among clothed people made me feel dressed up even in a see-thru g-string.  I felt confident, secure, and unflappable.

As a straight guy, an environment of 80% (gay) men did not provide for the best people watching, so I spent three days on other beaches.  On Sunday I went to Longnook Beach in Truro.  This is a town beach with parking open only to residents and renters in Truro.  The attraction for me was the nude section a fifteen minute walk to the right of the main beach.  I parked my car at the Truro Central School on Route 6 (¾ mile past Longnook Road) and rode my bicycle to the parking lot.  The ride took about 15 minutes with my umbrella and backpack.  There were about 50-60 people in the nude section – mostly male/female couples.  There were a few families with young children and a few single people.  The male/female split was about 60/40.

When walking back through the regular “family” beach to the parking lot, I wore a black Skinz Swim Thong. I had my picture taken surreptitiously a few times by teenage girls and women and I heard a woman saying “I wish I had my camera,” but I heard nothing critical from anyone including groups of teenagers.  I walked past a couple of hundred people, including some attractive young women, but no one was wearing a thong.

FYI, parking stickers are checked from mid-June through Labor Day.  There are no facilities except a couple of port-a-potties near the bike rack at the end of the parking lot.

I spent the other two days at Nauset Light Beach and Marconi Beach.  These are Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) beaches like Herring Cove Beach, so the CCNS season pass ($45) was valid for entry.  These beaches are 3 miles apart, with the area between them inaccessible from the road due to high cliffs with dense vegetation.  I walked 10 minutes in the direction of the other beach to get away from the crowds before setting up.  This allowed me to be nude for sunbathing and swimming, but was only a 10-minute walk away from the throngs of people and the restrooms

These beaches are “family” beaches, so I wore my black thong swimsuit when walking to the restroom or walking through the main beach to check out the scenery.  I’m sure I was seen by thousands of people, but detected disparaging reactions only two times.  Once, I heard “oh my god” from a couple of 10-year-old boys and the other time muffled snickers from a couple of 16-year-old boys.  Otherwise, I felt barely noticed.   I saw several men (likely French Canadians) wearing Speedo briefs with their families, so my thong was just an abbreviated version of what was not uncommon on the beach.  More than once I deliberately dallied at the top of the stairs going down to the beach so lots of people would pass me.  I detected absolutely no adverse reactions.  I initiated exchanges with lifeguards on a couple of occasions and had pleasant conversations including one with a lifeguard who was wearing a party hat because it was her birthday that day.

During my walks, I saw only one person wearing a thong:  a young woman with her husband.  She didn’t seem to attract any special attention either.  It was encouraging to see that while almost everyone wore currently fashionable swimwear, people wearing thongs were accepted.

Bottom line:  It was an excellent vacation.  It was sunny every day.  I spent 90% of my time on the beach nude and the balance wearing a g-string or thong without taking any flak.  Wearing clothes at the beach has always struck me as silly:  clothing is not needed for warmth; it creates drag when swimming; and it feels especially uncomfortable when wet and clinging to the body.  Happiness is spending time on beaches where no one complains about someone wearing little or no clothing.  I don’t mind oftentimes being a minority of one.  Someone has to go first!

sailor250 #23

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:09/07/2011 03:09:11Copy HTML

Got to spend a day at this beach a few weeks ago.  No problems walking around in a G string.  Sat near a group of 5 lesbian girls in string bikinis in all in and out of their tops all day.  Saw a ranger walk thru about 2 pm, but seemed to not be very observant!  Obviously G's are cool with them, thought they were ticketing topless, but ?? he was blind?

Saw several other guys in thongs up the beach quite a way in the "gay" section- but several were with women.  Only saw one chick in a thong, but lots of bare butt bikinis.  Saw one guy sitting in a chair in a baggie.  Saw two different guys "nude" with t shirts or something over their equipment- were'nt getting as good a tan and me in a tan thru G string!

Seems that the "order" of the beach was all blurred compared to years past.  The family,lesbian, hetero adult couples, gay lineup as you walk to the left of the parking lot was all blurred, with hetero couples in the former gay area, and lesbians integrated with the gay guys beyond the family section near the first entrance.

islandguy #24

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:06/26/2012 11:36:44Copy HTML

On Sunday I went to Herring Cove Beach.  I set up about 400 yards to the left of the far left entrance from the parking lot and spent the day sunbathing nude.  I saw several other nudes:   Closer to the entrance was a single male sunbathing and swimming nude. Much farther down the beach were a male/male couple, a male/female couple, and single male.  I’m sure that I would have seen more if I had kept walking.

I saw two people wearing thong swimsuits, one male walking the beach and one topless female sunbathing with her boyfriend.  Both were in the area between the entrance and where I was set up.

When walking around I put on a Skinz Bravura thong.  On one of my walks to the bathhouse area, a male lifeguard struck up a brief conversation as we crossed paths.  The tide got high in mid-afternoon, so people were crowded near the dunes.  Dozens of people got close-up views as I walked by.  I noticed one woman taking a picture with her cell phone, but most people didn’t seem to react one way or the other.  The beach was as laid-back as ever; it was very pleasant and relaxing.

At 3:30 I packed up and drove to Longnook Beach to see what it was like at high tide.  Parking stickers (available only to Truro property owners) aren’t required after 4:00 PM.  I walked from the parking lot to the nude section wearing my thong.  I gave a little wave to a girl in a thong bikini playing volleyball with guys on the main beach.  This elicited a few good-natured whistles.  I spent an hour and a half at the nude beach, but high, thin clouds started rolling in, so I put my thong back on and returned to the car to head home.  During the walk back to the car, no one paid me any notice.
rickl454 #25

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

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That is the very first beach my wife and I thonged at, way back in the mid-70's.  " ... about 400 yards to the left of the far left entrance of the parking lot ... ".  Sounds like the very spot.
xmach1x #26

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Date Posted:06/27/2012 02:55:56Copy HTML

 I might have to try this beach for thonging! Just a pain to drive to the tip of the cape from central Massachusetts. Maybe I'll make a weekend trip out of it.
SlidingG #27

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Date Posted:06/27/2012 08:41:57Copy HTML

To each his own, but why go there to thong?  I'd love to get there, too, but I'd be among the bare.  Where it is deemed 'appropriate' by those around, i.e., clothing-optional, I always choose optional, even as I fully embrace others' right to choose to cover up to whatever degree they're comfortable with.  That's what's so great about c/o -- freedom of choice, with mutual respect.  

If it's the easy-going atmosphere you like, Xmach1x, then go for it, should be totally your choice what you decide to wear there.  And it could readily be more extreme than what you'd wear at East Beach, maybe something new and daring that would offend folks at more traditional beaches.  Freedom of choice -- ain't it great?

islandguy #28

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Date Posted:06/28/2012 12:17:58Copy HTML

When taking a day trip I usually leave early and stay late to make the drive worthwhile.  I also bought a Cape Cod National Seashore beach sticker ($45 annually) to avoid waiting in line and paying the $15 daily entrance fee.

I like the fact that there are restrooms, shower rooms, and a snack bar.  Lifeguards are in front of the pavilion and to the right only.  You can get as much or as little space as you want depending on how far down the beach you walk.  The beach is at least a mile long to the left.

If going without a swimsuit, you need to be attentive to the park rangers who typically drive up and down the beach once a day on an ATV.  Last Sunday a ranger drove through around 11 AM and back around noon, but the timing can depend on the tide because there’s not much dry sand at high tide.

Although the sign on the fee booth at the entrance says “No Nudity” rangers will only take action if they see exposed genitals.  The rangers have passed close by me many times when I was nude − lying on my stomach or otherwise positioned in ways in which they could not see my genitals.  None of the other beachgoers will complain about nudity, but neither will they give you a heads-up when a ranger is approaching.  Years ago the cry of “ranger” would sweep down the beach when a ranger would be coming along.  Back then the rangers walked.  Now they ride ATVs and perhaps people feel that there’s not enough time for a warning to be effective, although you usually can hear the engine in time to roll over or cover up.  If you get caught, you’ll get a ticket that costs $75.

There’s another heat wave forecasted for this weekend, so I plan to spend one of the days here again.
rickl454 #29

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:06/28/2012 01:42:44Copy HTML

When Herring Cove was our beach of choice (a really long time ago) we figured if we hit the Sagamore Bridge by 8 AM or before we were past the Cape traffic.  We'd be at the beach by 9:30 even with a quick stop at Friendly's at the Chatham rotary for their 99 cent breakfast special (hey, I told you it was a long time ago).  By about 2 PM were were through with the beach and would head to Hyannis or into P-Town.  We'd finally make it home by late Saturday evening - tanned and tired but that is what Saturdays in the summer are for. 

IslandGuy, if you are that close to Provincetown you should visit.  It's a very unique place that shouldn't be missed, especially in the high summer. 

In those days the rangers used 4x4 pickup trucks to patrol the beach.  On a clear day you could see the truck coming for a long way off if you were in the right spot but sometimes they would just appear out of the midday haze.  But we could usually count on one of the guys from the gay section running down the beach to warn everyone. 
islandguy #30

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Date Posted:07/01/2012 02:41:23Copy HTML

Yesterday was my day at the beach this weekend.  Low tide was at 4:30 PM so there was more and more room as the day wore on.  I set up in the same area as last time, up near the dunes about 400 yards to the left of the leftmost entrance from the parking lot.  I wore nothing more than a g-string all day.  I sunbathed and swam nude.  I put a swimsuit on only when going for walks.

When walking to the pavilion (three times) I wore a Skinz M1 g-string.  The only noticeable reaction was when a male lifeguard called over to a female lifeguard to make sure she saw me.  When walking in the opposite direction I wore a g-string with a wide mesh, almost a fishnet look.  No one seemed to pay any special attention.

I didn’t see anyone wearing a thong swimsuit at any time during the day, although one guy fairly close to me scrunched his speedo into a thong when he was lying on his stomach.

I noticed a group of three topless women about 200 yards from the entrance and a naked couple – apparently husband and wife – about 50 yards further down the beach from me.  In general, men’s swimsuits ranged from board shorts extending below the knees to trunks about halfway down the thighs, in addition to several speedos.  Women’s bikinis were fairly conservative.

The only ranger sighting occurred around 11:30 AM.  A ranger on an ATV was heading back to the pavilion.  I was lying on my back parallel to the water (facing the sun) with my leg that was closer to the water elevated enough so that he was not able to see my genitals, so he kept on going.

Gorgeous weather, no crowds, no noise, no hassles – another wonderful day at the beach!
sailor250 #31

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

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Recently had the opportunity to drive out to Cape Cod while in Mass. and spent a couple of weekdays at Herring Cove.  Stopped by Head of the Meadow and saw they've closed the north beach access for a while due to some (?2 ) Piping Plover birds- the girl said they'd open it by the end of July.

Herring Cove seemed to have fewer people than previous summer weekdays.  Again this year the order of the beach from years past isn't there, yes the lesbians are nearest the parking lot but gay guys and hetero couples are all spread around.

Was able to walk about 3/4 mile down the beach to the left and saw some nude dudes each day.  There weren't many people walking up and down the beach so was able to wear some exposure suits without anyone caring.  Was able to wear a c*ckini suit which only covers the shaft and is ball baring, some people noticed and stared.  Was able to wear a ring suit (waistband) with a sheer baggie which was subject of conversation when a few guys approached and asked where I got it. Later in the last afternoon I just lost the pouch and wore the ring suit. Needless to say I've got everything tanned now. Walked down the main beach in a Dore very low torpedo G string and just got a few smiles, no problems. As islandguy said before you can wear some wild suits there with no problem.

Only saw about 3 other guys each day in thongs or G strings and average 2 girls.  A few lesbian and hetero ladies topless and several skinny dippers and a few more brazen nude guys.  The ranger didn't come by either day, no tracks visible either.  Maybe their crusade from a few years back is over.  Everyone seemed behaved and seemed to respect any beach walkers so there's probably no need for them to sweep by anyway.
islandguy #32

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Date Posted:09/08/2012 06:21:09Copy HTML

Yesterday was like a mid-summer’s day:  sunny, about 80◦ F, barely a breeze, and hardly a ripple in the clear water.  I arrived at about 10 AM and there was no one yet on the beach.  I set up about 200 yards to the left of the leftmost entrance from the parking lot.

People gradually began arriving.  At about noon a couple of guys set up 30 feet from me and turned on a boom box playing some funky music.  Others set up nearby, but I prefer peace and quiet so I moved 100 yards further down the beach to the spot where I’ve usually gone during the summer.

Overall, the beach was not crowded.  Perhaps 50 parties totaling 100 people occupied 1000 yards of beach from the pavilion to a little past me where the beach curves.  I spent the day nude except when walking to the pavilion.  On my first walk, I wore an orange g-string with a low-rise, narrow-front sheer blue pouch.  There was no indication that anyone noticed.  On subsequent walks, I wore a black wide-mesh g-string (see pics in my Images section) and did observe some heads turning and a few tongues wagging apparently in wonderment, not in disapproval.  A couple of women smiled and said hi as I passed by.  Three park rangers saw me at different times but said nothing.  Their closet approach was about 30 feet, so I’m not sure whether they saw how revealing the suit is or saw but didn’t care.  It’s the only swimsuit that I plan to wear if I get a chance to get to Herring Cove Beach again this season.

While walking, I observed one nude man, four topless women, and one woman wearing a thong bikini.  No ranger ever came onto the beach.  After Labor Day, the lifeguards are gone and ranger staffing reverts to minimal year-round levels.  There were no ranger beach patrols in August, so I assumed that the odds of a patrol in September are nil.  I went skinny-dipping several times and took a couple of long walks down the beach naked without a care in the world.

On the way home, I stopped at our timeshare resort to shower and use the pool and hot tub.  I wore a black Skinz Bravura thong.  The only people in the pool area were a husband and wife in my age bracket with whom I had a nice chat.  Both were wearing conservative swimsuits but made no mention of my choice of swimwear.  After a while, some parents with kids appeared and the noise level went up dramatically.  That was my cue to end a very pleasant day of enjoying sun, sand, and water au naturel or in a see-through g-string at the beach and in a thong at the pool and hot tub.
islandguy #33

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Date Posted:09/17/2012 11:24:18Copy HTML

Last Thursday was a day with temps in the mid to upper 70s.  It was breezier and much less humid than the previous Friday, so it felt cooler.  I set up about 200 yards down the beach and went nude except when walking to the pavilion.  A man (with his boyfriend) was nude about 20 feet from me, and there was a topless woman (alone) about 50 feet past him.  Both were closer to the parking lot entrance than I was.  No one I saw all day was wearing a thong.

The water felt chilly so I didn’t go beyond dipping my toes in.  I did take a couple of long walks (nude) down the beach (in the direction away from the pavilion).  The beach was even less populated than on the previous Friday.

When going to the pavilion I felt completely at ease wearing the wide-mesh g-string that I wore last time.  On one such walk, a park ranger was coming out of the office as I approached the pavilion.  He was about 15 feet away.  He glanced at me but continued on his way.

A strange thing happened around 4 PM.  Two rangers appeared on the beach about 50 yards beyond me and proceeded to give a citation to a man who was naked sitting in a beach chair next to another man.  I had taken a walk beyond that point less than an hour earlier and did not notice the men.  They were set up about half way from the dunes to the water.  Virtually everyone else on the beach was up near the dunes.  I could only tell that the man was naked when he stood up to put on his speedo by order of the rangers.

The encounter lasted 10-15 minutes.  Then the rangers left the way they came – via the path that runs behind the dunes to the parking lot.  It was puzzling that the rangers were able to see that the man was naked as they approached from behind.  I happened to be standing up next to my blanket when I first saw the rangers.  I immediately got face down on my blanket, and then pulled on my g-string. The naked guy near me put on his speedo.  In recent years the rangers wouldn’t bother anyone unless they could see his genitals, but I didn’t want to take a chance this time.

I hadn’t seen rangers on the beach at any time during August or September.  I’m wondering if there was something other than mere nudity involved, and whether the rangers had been tipped off.  It seemed as though they knew exactly where to go, when to go, and whom to target.  They didn’t even look at anyone else.
Shortly afterwards, I packed up and drove to our timeshare resort.  After showering, I put on a black, lined Skinz M1 g-string and used the hot tub and pool.  No one was there until a family with three pre-school kids came in while I was in the pool.  I moved back to the hot tub, and then left after having spent about ½ hour.  The kids, of course, didn’t notice me, and the parents did not appear to pay any heed to my swimsuit.
islandguy #34

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Date Posted:07/05/2013 04:05:08Copy HTML

Yesterday (July 4th) I spent at Herring Cove Beach.  Big changes took place during the off-season.  The bathhouse and concession buildings dating from the 1950s were demolished and replaced with modern modular buildings.  The buildings are a bit farther from the water’s edge and elevated slightly on pilings.  The bike path was reconfigured so it doesn’t run through the parking lot and have 90 degree turns in the area between the pavilion and the water.  Overall, what a tremendous improvement! 

Despite temps on the mainland around 90 F, the beach was not crowded; the parking lot barely got half full.  As usual, I set up a few hundred yards to the left of the leftmost path from the parking lot and spent the day nude.  During the course of the day I saw one other nude guy, one topless woman, four women wearing thong bikinis, and one man wearing a thong.  A Park Ranger on an ATV rode through around noon at a moment when I happened to be sitting up.  From her vantage point she could not see my genitals, so she kept going.

In honor of the day, I donned my American flag motif g-string when walking to the pavilion.  On my first walk, I stopped to chat with the lifeguards (three young women).  Along the way, out of the corner of my eye I noticed several women with cell phone cameras pointed in my direction.  On my second walk, a woman in a thong bikini came right up to me with her iPhone aimed at me.  I posed for her, and then she posed for me with my camera.  While this was happening, a guy came by and offered to take pictures of the two of us together.  That done, I tried to engage the woman in conversation, but her English skills weren’t good, so I wasn’t able to learn anything about her.

According to the whiteboard by the pavilion, the air temp was 84 F and the water temp 67 F.   With air temps in Greater Boston expected to stay in the 90s for a few more days, my wife and I plan to spend the weekend on the Cape.  We have a reservation at the Four Points by Sheraton in Eastham for Saturday night, so I expect to be back at Herring Cove for long stretches on both Saturday and Sunday.

islandguy #35

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Date Posted:07/08/2013 08:54:11Copy HTML

As planned, I spent most of Saturday and Sunday at Herring Cove Beach.  On Saturday I set up about 300-400 yards left from the leftmost entrance from the parking lot.  On Sunday it was less crowded when I arrived, so I set up about 200 yards down the beach.  I was nude all the time except when walking to the pavilion, when I wore one of two new swimsuits from US4Men.  Both are two-tone, narrow-front g-strings (“wolverine” style) in navy/red, one with a fine mesh pouch and the other with an open net pouch.  The mesh suit fits snugly and is slightly see-thru from up close.  The net suit is also form-fitting and lets a lot of skin show through.  I’ve posted pictures in my Images section.

On Saturday I saw one nude guy, one topless woman wearing a thong, and three men wearing thongs.  During my walks to the pavilion, I wore the fine mesh g-string.  I had a nice chat with a female lifeguard (different from the ones I spoke to on July 4th) who happened to be standing next to the lifeguard chair.  As we talked, she glanced at my swimsuit a couple of times.  After the second time, I told her that it was the latest style in men’s bikinis and that this was the first time I had worn it.  I commented on how snug and comfortable it felt.  She said that it was really cute, and we proceeded to have a pleasant discussion about men’s swimsuit styles.  She was very open-minded and non-judgmental.  I had not seen her before.  She was more mature than most of the guards – clearly not a college student – probably in her late twenties.

On Sunday I saw one woman wearing a thong and an attractive couple in their twenties - she in a rio-bottom bikini and he in a smallish speedo.  When walking to the pavilion, I wore the net g-string.  I had quite a long talk with the female lifeguard whom I had befriended last year.  While we were talking, a male lifeguard came by to get something and eventually two female lifeguards arrived to relieve the first one.  All four of them were standing right next to me at one tine or another, but no one took a second glance at my swimsuit.

Up at the pavilion, a couple of park rangers were sitting at a folding table providing information about nesting shorebirds.  They didn’t pay any attention to me as I walked past, loitered nearby under the shade of the overhead trelliswork, and took some pictures.  While I was there a man stopped and said that he loved my swimsuit.  He asked if I was able to get away with wearing a see-thru suit there.  I said, “Apparently.  Maybe people don’t look too closely.”  I let him flirt for a few moments longer, since I could see his boyfriend hovering nearby.  My wife had a good chuckle when I told her about this encounter.  Two other walks to the pavilion later in the day were unremarkable.

On neither day did a ranger patrol come through the beach.  By Sunday afternoon I stopped looking over my shoulder when going for nude walks, and I ventured further down the beach.  Of course, none of the other beachgoers said a word.

On Saturday I stopped by Head of the Meadow Beach for a quick look-see.  Storms have created a huge sand bar where people were able to set up.  During the ten minutes I was there, I saw two young women in thong bikinis.

My wife and I spent Saturday night at the Four Points by Sheraton in Eastham.  As I’ve reported previously in the Thong Friendly Hotels thread, the manager of the hotel has a thong-friendly policy.  After returning from dinner on Saturday evening I stepped out of our room in a black lined g-string (Skinz M1R2) into the indoor pool area.   There were a couple of dozen people – mostly families with kids – using the pool.  I didn’t see anyone in a skimpy swimsuit, but I felt completely at ease moving around. I chatted briefly with a couple of the parents near the jacuzzi. I sensed absolutely no concerns about my swimsuit.

On my way back from the beach on Sunday, I picked up some sandwiches and met my wife at the outdoor pool where we ate supper.  After a couple of hours there, we went to the indoor pool area to use the jacuzzi.  I wore the same g-string swimsuit and there were plenty of families at both pools.  But there were no comments or apparent concerns about my suit.

Traffic was horrendous driving home Sunday night, but it only gave more time to savor the memories of the past two days:  Wearing a g-string swimsuit at hotel pools filled with families; talking to lifeguards at the beach while wearing a see-thru g-string; and sunning, swimming, and walking nude on a beach filled mostly with people wearing standard swimsuits – people with a live-and-let-live attitude.
islandguy #36

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Date Posted:07/15/2013 03:22:19Copy HTML

On Sunday I took a day trip to Herring Cove Beach.  Although the weather was sunny, hot, and humid, the parking lot never got close to being half full.  I spent the day nude within 200 yards to the left of the leftmost entrance from the parking lot.  I saw one other guy nude, and late in the afternoon a couple (m/f) in their mid-twenties set up not too far from me and spent the rest of the day sunbathing nude and skinny-dipping.

The rangers came through two different times.  The first time was around 1 PM on an ATV (return trip about 20 minutes later).  The second time was on foot around 3 PM (return about 15 minutes later).  The ATV passed about 50 feet away from me and I’m not sure if the ranger noticed me.  I was leaning back on my elbows with my knees bent up in the air.  The walker came by when I was lying on my stomach reading.  He came within 10 feet of me and never broke stride.

I did not notice anyone wearing any unusually skimpy swimwear.  When walking to the pavilion (three times) I wore the US4Men net g-string that I wore last Sunday (pictures in my Images section).  Some heads turned, and I saw one person taking a picture.  But I didn’t hear any comments.  I chatted briefly with the lifeguards, who are looking forward to another week of exceptional beach weather.  I won’t be able to get to Herring Cove for a few weeks, but I’ll be back in August.

Herring Cove is the best beach on Cape Cod for wearing a thong.  It’s a long drive from any metropolitan area in New England, so we sometimes book a room at the thong-friendly Four Points by Sheraton in Eastham, a little over 20 miles away.  Herring Cove Beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, so you need to pay $15/day per automobile or buy a CCNS season pass for $45 − unless you’re 62+ years old in which case the $10 National Park Service lifetime Senior pass is all you need.  Beach weather usually lasts well into September.
islandguy #37

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/07/2013 12:02:37Copy HTML

Last Sunday I spent the afternoon nude on Herring Cove Beach.  Traffic was slow driving there due to all of the bike riders in the Pan-Mass Challenge (a 2-day bike ride from Sturbridge, MA to Provincetown to raise funds for cancer research).  Because I got to the beach later than I normally do, I had to go about 500 yards down from the left entrance from the parking lot to find a spot – a little before the break in the dune line.  As time passed, other naked people clustered nearby.  There were a couple of single guys, a m/f couple, a group of four women and one man, and a group of three women and one man who remained in a square cut.  There were also groups of people in swimsuits intermingled.  Closer to the entrance there was a scattering of topless women, one of whom wore a thong.

The park rangers never came through.  In fact, one of the naked women I spoke with said that she and her partner had been there for five days and didn’t see a ranger at any time.

There were lots of kids on the beach.  Usually there are none.  It turns out that August 3 – 10 is Family Week for the LGBT community in Provincetown.

When walking to the pavilion, I wore a narrow-cut, sheer g-string.  The only overt reaction was from a group of Latinas who seemed shocked and delighted.
tanlines2thin #38

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

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somewhere out there, there is a legit and legal nude beach.........in one of my prior schlep jobs, I was a community rover and had to check out a burglar alarm.........the dude left his garage door up........he was one of those types that splashed all sorts of memorabellia on his garage walls, kinda the way we used to do to our bedrooms when we were kids..........in any event, plastered on the wall was a official parking pass for a cape cod nude beach.........I kid you not.........really pissed me off, cause I colleged up that-a-way and that was news to me.........times change as decades pass, though........
JM_Runs #39

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There might once have been an "official nude beach" with "parking passes", but then again, some times these sorts of things are sold as novelties in gift shops, a bit like the official looking "Only Harly Parking" signs.  People wish it were true !
islandguy #40

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As far as I know, there's never been an officially designated nude beach on Cape Cod.  I've seen vehicles with mock parking stickers like the one described for various locales including Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island.  They're all meant as jokes, or perhaps they're products of wishful thinking!
islandguy #41

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/17/2013 02:00:06Copy HTML

Big shocker:  Today on Herring Cove Beach I got a ticket for nudity!  For the past three years up until as recently as two weeks ago, it's been OK to be nude as long as the park rangers didn't see one's genitals or women's breasts.  Today I was naked lying on my stomach reading when I saw two rangers walking along out of the corner of my eye.  I paid no attention until they came up to me and told me to cover up.  I did so immediately making sure they didn't see my genitals in the process.  I explained that rangers have passed by me numerous times over the past few years including this year without taking any action.  They said that those rangers shouldn't have just walked by.

We discussed the relevant law which they claimed prohibits nudity, even though I pointed out that the wording specifically refers to exposure of the genitals and female breasts.  The discussion was very polite and unemotional, but logic was not about to prevail.

I estimate that I've spent at least 15 days naked on Herring Cove Beach over the past three years, so prorating the $75 ticket means paying $5/day to be nude on the beach.  That's not bad.  The ranger told me that once the ticket is paid, it will be removed from my record, so I don't see it as a big deal.

However, I wonder whether there's been a policy change, or if a crackdown is underway perhaps spurred by some incident, or if these particular rangers have a different view of how to enforce the law.  Time will tell.

In the meantime, I'll have to be more vigilant or wear a g-string all the time, not just when walking to the pavilion.

sailor250 #42

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/18/2013 09:16:09Copy HTML

island guy- the ticket was because you "look naked".  I've seen guys wearing baggies at the Cape Cod National Seashore, in populated areas with others around looking naked from 180 degrees.  The rangers were also probably taken aback by the fact you ignored them!

I'm always vigilant to not "look naked".  Though people can see the same amount of skin in an ad in a magazine or on a bus stop ad they felt they had to stop you!

If you'd like to tan everything but not look naked I recommend open loop ring suits without pouch which you can slip on a pouch/baggie/sock and be covered. 

Lately have acquired some one sided suits that allow you to avoid tanlines by wearing over one hip or with an extension one strap over your shoulder, alternate and no tanlines- tan thru lycra mesh pouch and you're tan everywhere.
JM_Runs #43

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Date Posted:08/18/2013 10:12:42Copy HTML

Sailor250 is probably right, you looked naked. Just wear a thong that has visible side bands, so it is obvious you are wearing something when viewed from any direction. I don't subscribe to the idea of fumbling around to attach or cover ones parts if you have to stand up, it just makes you look more guilty.  Just wear a thong.

I solved the tan line problem years ago: If I don't want any tan line I wear thongs with sides less than 1" wide and either wear a different cut next time out or move the sides around. You don't need to go nude, or even baggies.  Just wear small suits and vary the suit or placement of the straps.

It also helps if the suit is NOT too tight.  If it cuts into you so that it leaves a grove the straps are probably way too tight and will migrate back to the same spot through the strap tension.

When wearing a suit with narrow straps I try to make sure it contrasts with my skin color. 

For example:  http://b.vimeocdn.com/ts/445/836/445836974_640.jpg or http://instagram.com/p/SYzLXXMwZI/#

This way I don't look naked, which is important because I live on a very busy beach with a road behind it. It is patrolled by lots of lifeguards, some park staff and from the road the police can see sections of the beach.  In thousands of trips to the beach I have never had someone in authority come over to see if I am naked.  I am sure it passed their mind, but on second glance, from any angle, they can see I am wearing something.

If bright or contrasting skinny straps work for me here it will probably work for you there.

Martylouie #44

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/21/2013 03:40:59Copy HTML

 Island guy could the President's visit to the area have caused the rangers to up their game so to speak?Tighting up because all the big dogs are in the neighborhood?
JmccMmm #45

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/23/2013 02:42:25Copy HTML

Martylouie - I doubt the President's visit to the island of Martha's Vineyard has anything to due with islandguy's citation. During the week of 8/11-17, I wore a Muscleskin string on 3 separate afternoon visits to Herring Cove and I did not see one ranger.
SlidingG #46

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/23/2013 09:31:36Copy HTML

Tan-thru sliding g-strings, in printed mesh patterns, held in place with 1/16" elastic cord.  You're not nude, it's obvious, so you're not hassled, plus you get an overall tan.  

Sure, being nude feels great, it's the natural way to go, but when the risks are too high, and the end result is what matters most -- that overall tan -- such suits will do the trick.  Legal and decent, what's not to like?  

They're also great when you don't want to risk offending the regular folks, though that doesn't sound like a problem at Herring Cove.   
islandguy #47

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/25/2013 12:16:58Copy HTML

Thank you to those who offered thoughts about why I was cited for nudity last week (Friday, August 16).  Looking nude had not been an issue for the past 2+ years.  Many times rangers walked past and even stared as if trying to see my genitals, and when they couldn’t, kept walking.  I doubt that the President’s trip to Martha’s Vineyard was a factor.  MV is an island that is not near Provincetown.  My guess is that the rangers were making a show of force before the end-of-summer wind down began.

I’ve just completed a full week going to Herring Cove Beach every day.  The rangers never made another appearance on the beach.  My favorite lifeguard told me that staffing of lifeguards and park rangers dropped this week (starting Monday, August 19) as summer temps began returning to college.  She herself will be going into the Peace Corps in the fall, so she is one of the few summer hires who will be on the job through Labor Day.

Once I realized the situation, I returned to my usual practice of sunbathing nude and wearing a g-string when walking to the pavilion.  However, I was vigilant, because I didn’t want to get cited again.  When walking, I only ever wore the US4Men net g-string (shown in my Images section).  No one wore a skimpier swimsuit, but it didn’t matter.

I didn’t see anyone else nude during the rest of the week, but there were several topless women.  I saw only a handful of women wearing thongs but no men, although there were several men who wore Speedo style briefs.

I had my picture taken many times when walking in my g-string and hanging around the pavilion.  Some women were not very subtle about what they were doing.  The best experience was with a group of three young women in skimpy bikinis, one of which was a thong.  When they all pulled out cameras as I passed in front of them, I made a show of noticing.  Then I revealed the camera that I was carrying and walked over to them and smiled.  We had a photo session during which we posed in various groupings for each other’s cameras.

On another day, a m/f couple in their twenties asked me to pose with them on the beach in front of the pavilion.  They recruited another person to take the photos, some with their camera and some with mine.

Besides the picture-taking, I received one verbal compliment on my swimsuit.  No one batted an eyelash at the fact that the suit is see-through.  It’s snug, comfortable, and airy – my favorite swimsuit for wearing on beaches that are virtually all-adult.

For change of scenery, on most days I stopped at one of the other Cape Cod National Seashore beaches either before or after I went to Herring Cove.  These include Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach, Head of the Meadow Beach, and Race Point Beach.  These are beaches where there are lots of families with kids, so I thought it prudent not to wear a see-through swimsuit.  Instead, I wore a black, lined g-string.  I typically spent an hour or more walking the beach and hanging out on the platform at the top of the stairs that go down to the beach.  Except for some stealth pictures, people ignored me.  Although swimwear was generally conservative, apparently my g-string was taken in stride.

Although the first day of my vacation was a bit of a downer, the rest of the time was very enjoyable.
JM_Runs #48

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:08/25/2013 02:36:28Copy HTML

Considering islandguy admits he spends most of his time sunbathing nude, I think a ticket for going nude, on a non-nude beach is not that surprising.  If I were going to the consession stand I would wear more than the US4Men teardrop g-string, made of red net with very large holes. I'm a bit surprised someone has not made an issue about that thong too.

I think the lesson is you can wear a thong as small as you dare so long as one keeps ones junk properly covered.
islandguy #49

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:06/23/2015 07:31:30Copy HTML

Yesterday I set up at Herring Cove Beach a few hundred yards to the left of the far left entrance.  I sunbathed and walked the beach towards Long Point nude some of the time and wearing a red c-string some of the time.  I saw one man skinny-dipping and another man sunbathing nude.  The total number of people I passed during a 15-minute walk each way was no more than fifty.  One man complimented me on my swimsuit and inquired about how it stayed on and where to get one.

When walking to the pavilion I wore the same red teardrop net g-string as I wore last summer.  I passed one woman sunbathing in a thong bikini.  There were fewer than 100 people between where I was set up and the pavilion.

Lifeguards were on duty, but the whiteboard with info on tides and temps was not in place.  I asked a lifeguard about it and she said that they are still gearing up for the summer season and that the whiteboard will be put up within a few days.

I saw no park rangers other than the one at the entrance booth collecting the fee/checking passes.  Last summer I got the OK for the c-string from a ranger, but the head lifeguard asked me to wear something else when coming to the pavilion so that the guards wouldn't be bothered with frivolous complaints about a naked man.  No one ever complained about the teardrop net g-string.  On the contrary, people asked me to pose for pictures with them.

All in all a gorgeous day without crowds; very relaxing.

islandguy #50

Re:Provincetown - Herring Cove - At the end of the Cape Cod National Seashore

Date Posted:06/28/2015 05:00:47Copy HTML

Thursday's weather was a repeat of Monday's.  I went to my usual spot and spent most of the day sunbathing and walking towards Long Point nude carrying a c-string if needed.  Sure enough, on my first walk in the morning I stopped to look at a driftwood sculpture at a break in the dunes and noticed two men wearing long pants in the distance behind the dunes. Assuming that they could only be park rangers, I put the c-string in place and proceeded down the beach to find out.

Along the way, I passed a man sunbathing nude.  When I got to the break in the dunes where the trail from the bike rack comes out, there were in fact two park rangers lurking about.  I immediately went back to give the nude sunbather a heads-up, and then returned to my blanket.  About an hour later, the rangers came trudging down the beach on their way back to the pavilion.  They stopped briefly to assure themselves that what I was wearing was legal, and then continued on.

Figuring that the rangers had made their rounds for the day, I spent the afternoon nude except when walking to the pavilion.  For that purpose, I wore a black teardrop net g-string.  It's the same make and model as the red one that I wore on Monday, but the holes are a bit bigger.  No worries, though.  No one seemed to pay much attention.  I chatted with the lifeguard and took pictures at the pavilion (posted in my Images section).

In the afternoon I saw two topless sunbathers and two women wearing thongs in a mixed group walking the beach.  One of the men was wearing a tight-fitting swim brief.

It was another sparsely populated beach day.  There were fewer than one hundered people on the length of the beach.
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