Cape Cod, MA

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Harwich featuring a marina and a coastal town
Go yachting, whale watching or just enjoy miles of coastal beauty on this famous Massachusetts landmark known to most as “the Cape.”

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.

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Where to stay in Cape Cod

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
350 Quaker Rd, North Falmouth, MA, 02556
The price is $101 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$101
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in North Falmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,020 reviews)
"Had a wonderful time! Watching a movie while swimming in the indoor pool was amazing!!"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
3 out of 5
1225 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA, 02601
The price is $159 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
$159
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30
Stay at this 3-star spa resort in Hyannis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"All the staff was extremely welcoming! Great price and much nicer accommodations than other resorts in area! Pools were super fun, relaxing, and great lifeguards."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Cape Codder Resort and Spa
Bayside Resort Hotel
Bayside Resort Hotel
3 out of 5
225 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA, 02673
The price is $130 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
$130
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in West Yarmouth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,017 reviews)
"Nice place, good value, nothing fancy but solidly comfortable. Staff very nice, whirlpool and pool area very nice"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Bayside Resort Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Club at New Seabury
The Club at New Seabury
3.5 out of 5
95 Shore Drive West, Mashpee, MA, 02649
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Mashpee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (237 reviews)
"It is a very well-maintained property with highly courteous staff."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2023

The Club at New Seabury
Edgewater Beach Resort, a VRI resort
Edgewater Beach Resort, a VRI resort
3.5 out of 5
95 Chase Avenue, Dennis Port, MA, 02639
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Dennis Port. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (187 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, good access to the beach, friendly staff."

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Edgewater Beach Resort, a VRI resort
The Cove At Yarmouth
The Cove At Yarmouth
3 out of 5
183 Main Street, West Yarmouth, MA, 02673
Stay at this 3-star spa aparthotel in West Yarmouth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (182 reviews)
"Nice clean rooms. Large pool."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

The Cove At Yarmouth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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