Craigville Beach

Centerville, Massachusetts

Craigville Beach in Barnstable is probably the most popular beach and a favorite of teens and college students, offering a beautiful view of the Nantucket Sound. The long, wide beach and nice clean sand allows lots of space for sunbathers and swimmers; the large, handicap-accessible parking lot holds an equal amount of cars. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a boardwalk, food concessions, swimming lessons, and handicap chairs. Lifeguards are on duty during summer season. Umbrella and chair rentals are available. Resident beach stickers are $30 and daily parking passes are $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays. The weekly parking fee is $50. For more information, call (508) 790-6345.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2021. The Swim Guide - Massachusetts updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 31st, 2021 at 4:24 PM.
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Current Weather
7°C
Clear
Monitoring Frequency

Craigville Beach is sampled bi-weekly from May 28th to September 1st.

Source Information

The Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation collect water quality samples weekly from June through September. In Barnstable, water samples are typically collected on Monday, and the water testing results are available Wednesday.

The water at marine beaches is tested for the presence of Enterococci, a group of bacterial species typically found in human and animal intestines and are therefore present in sewage. Enterococci is also referred to as indicator organisms. Indicator organisms are used to predict the presence of pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms associated with fecal contamination.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when less than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains less than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when more than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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Craigville Beach

Centerville, Massachusetts

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 30th, 2021. The Swim Guide - Massachusetts updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 31st, 2021 at 4:24 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
7°C
Clear

Craigville Beach in Barnstable is probably the most popular beach and a favorite of teens and college students, offering a beautiful view of the Nantucket Sound. The long, wide beach and nice clean sand allows lots of space for sunbathers and swimmers; the large, handicap-accessible parking lot holds an equal amount of cars. Amenities include restrooms, showers, a boardwalk, food concessions, swimming lessons, and handicap chairs. Lifeguards are on duty during summer season. Umbrella and chair rentals are available. Resident beach stickers are $30 and daily parking passes are $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays. The weekly parking fee is $50. For more information, call (508) 790-6345.

Monitoring Frequency

Craigville Beach is sampled bi-weekly from May 28th to September 1st.

Source Information

The Barnstable County Department of Health and the Environment, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation collect water quality samples weekly from June through September. In Barnstable, water samples are typically collected on Monday, and the water testing results are available Wednesday.

The water at marine beaches is tested for the presence of Enterococci, a group of bacterial species typically found in human and animal intestines and are therefore present in sewage. Enterococci is also referred to as indicator organisms. Indicator organisms are used to predict the presence of pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms associated with fecal contamination.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when less than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains less than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when more than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

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Water Quality Graph

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