Fodor's Expert Review Top Mast Resort

217 Rte. 6A, North Truro, Massachusetts 02652, USA See on Map

Kim MacKinnon

This large North Truro beach motel complex has been family-owned and -operated since the 1970s, and the staff's warm and sincere attention has much to do with that distinction. A restaurant serves traditional American fare, and there's a pool, tennis court, playground, gym, and a whirlpool tub. Most rooms are on the beach and have semiprivate decks, but there are some significantly cheaper units in a building across the road. Two cottages, a beach house and three shore houses are available on a weekly basis.

Any guest who rented any accommodation type the previous year for a week gets first dibs on that same accommodation type and corresponding week the following season. The resort holds those weeks until January 31st.

Beachfront One Room Unit
Photo: Beachfront One Room Unit

room

The four beachfront motel rooms are all on the second floor, with simple décor, queen beds, sleeper sofas, a small fridge and microwave and balconies. Larger efficiencies add kitchens and more space, while cottages and houses are larger still, with more amenities and privacy.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The resort provides towels for use in the bathroom and at the indoor pool, but you need to bring your own beach towels, beach chairs and beach umbrellas.

Beachfront One Room Unit
Photo: Beachfront One Room Unit
Garden View Bathroom
Photo: Garden View Bathroom

bathroom

Bathrooms vary depending upon accommodations, with either showers only or tub/shower combinations.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Bring your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer and any other bath items you need, as the resort only provides hand soap.

Garden View Bathroom
Photo: Garden View Bathroom
4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Shore House, sleeps up to 14 people
Photo: 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Shore House, sleeps up to 14 people

lobby

Other than checking in, most people don’t spend much time in the resort office, sticking to the beach and other public spaces like the sun decks or pool.

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Shore House, sleeps up to 14 people
Photo: 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Shore House, sleeps up to 14 people
Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Steam Room, Weight Room and more!
Photo: Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Steam Room, Weight Room and more!

pool

There is a 50-foot heated indoor pool, kiddie pool and hot tub at the Beach Point Health and Swim Club, which is free to use for resort guests.

Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Steam Room, Weight Room and more!
Photo: Indoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Steam Room, Weight Room and more!

gym

Located on the resort property, the Beach Point Health and Swim Club (open to the public) features an indoor pool, hot tub, kiddie pool and slide, steam room, dry sauna, weight room, tennis and basketball court area, lockers, private showers and changing areas. In addition, there is a large outdoor sun deck, ping pong, corn hole and an evening fire pit.

On-site Cafe
Photo: On-site Cafe

dining

The Top Mast Café offers typical breakfast dishes daily (not included) and a fish fry dinner, with everything from fried shrimp to lobster rolls, on Friday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.

On-site Cafe
Photo: On-site Cafe

drinking

At the Beach Point Health and Swim Club, you can purchase frozen drinks, beer, wine, snacks and sodas. The Top Mast Café also has a full bar.

LOCATION

Getting Around

In season, a local shuttle has a designated stop at the resort and goes to the center of Provincetown, local beaches and attractions, otherwise, you’ll probably need your car to explore if you want to leave the resort.

Restaurants

The Lobster Pot (11-minute drive) is a Provincetown favorite and is known for its chowders. At Fanizzi’s (8-minute drive), which serves everything from seafood to steaks, the dining room offers 180 degree views through three walls of windows overlooking Cape Cod Bay, Provincetown Harbor, North Truro and Truro.

Bars

Lounge outside with a drink at the popular Patio American Grill & Cocktail Bar (10-minute drive), great for watching the world go by on Commercial Street. Another outdoor option is the AquaBar (13-minute drive), which overlooks the harbor and offers casual food and drinks with an unbeatable view.

WHY WE LIKE IT

With its own private beach, a wealth of fun amenities, including an indoor pool, a large outdoor sun deck, ping pong and corn hole, and a variety of family-friendly accommodations, the Top Mast Resort has a lot going for it. While it’s certainly not a luxury property, it is an ideal place to enjoy a classic beach vacation. In addition, as a two-generation family-owned and operated business, service is personal and warm.

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Family, Service, Views
Lively
On the beach
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 508-487–1189

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