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Home to beaches with rolling sand dunes, New England villages, and a mix of sheer cliffs, harbors and beaches, Cape Cod is an island that offers outdoor activities, fun family attractions and fresh local seafood.
JFK went yachting here, and the area continues to welcome wealthy visitors, but you don’t need to own a yacht to enjoy it yourself. Charter boats are available all over the Cape. These can range from small vessels for hour-long trips, to large ones on which you stay on for the entire vacation. If you’d prefer, you can just rent a kayak or even a kite-board to get out on the water.
Stroll along the sands, sunbathe or explore the many freshwater ponds to find frogs and turtles. Nature lovers should book a place on one of the whale-watching tours, which sail between May and October.
For family entertainment, head to Provincetown, at the northern tip of Cape Cod. As well as pristine coastal stretches such as Herring Cove Beach, you’ll find attractions such as the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum and Whydah Pirate Museum. This is also a great place to stop for a meal, as there are many bars and restaurants.
Because of its exposed position, the climate in Cape Cod is generally mild to cold. If you can cope with average highs of 38° F (3° C), you’re almost guaranteed to score reduced-price accommodation during the cooler months.
The peak season between July and September sees the biggest influx of visitors. Around this time, a number of festivals are held throughout the area. Festivals such as the Bourne Scallop Festival, which has been held for more than 40 years, offer a great atmosphere and showcase many of the things which make Cape Cod so popular.
Cape Cod Maritime Days are also held around May and June of every year. Visit during these days and take a guided kayak excursion, or visit art exhibitions or a nautical flea market.
This Chatham hotel is a short walk to the beach, within a mile of Veterans Field and the Chatham Lighthouse. Red River Beach is 6.6 miles from this luxurious hotel.
This North Falmouth hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Old Silver Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wood Neck Beach and Cataumet Arts Center. Falmouth Museums on the Green and College Light Opera Company are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hyannis Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coast Guard Heritage Museum and Barnstable Old Gaol. Barnstable Performing Arts Center and Cape Cod Carousel are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Yarmouth condo is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bass River Sports World, Pirate's Cove Mini Golf, and ZooQuarium. Bass River Golf Course and Cultural Center of Cape Cod are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Main Street Hyannis, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Cod Carousel, St. Francis Xavier Church, and Twin Brooks Golf Course. Cape Cod Melody Tent and Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame are also within 10 minutes.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center, Sandwich Glass Museum, and Sandwich Town Hall. Thomas Dexter's Grist Mill and Thornton W. Burgess Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hyannis Harbor, John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, and Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame. St. Francis Xavier Church and Wild Animal Lagoon are also within 15 minutes.