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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.
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).
Bayside Resort Hotel is in West Yarmouth, less than 10 minutes’ drive from the airport in Hyannis, and within easy reach of Cape Cod. Guests have a great choice of beaches, and there are 20 golf courses within a 20-minute drive. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are both a ferry ride away.
This North Falmouth hotel is on the beach, 0 mi (0.1 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 in Falmouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Island Queen Ferry, Falmouth Museums on the Green, and Menauhant Beach. Surf Drive Beach and College Light Opera Company are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pilgrims' First Landing Park, Pilgrim Monument, and Herring Cove Beach. Art House and Meetinghouse Theatre and Concert Hall are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly West Yarmouth hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Putter's Paradise Miniature Golf and Wild Animal Lagoon. Cape Cod Inflatable Park and Cape Cod Carousel are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in West Yarmouth, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Putter's Paradise Miniature Golf and Wild Animal Lagoon. Cape Cod Inflatable Park and John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Sandwich, this motel is within 2 mi (3 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 2 mi (3 km).