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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Best Western Cape Cod Hotel
Best Western Cape Cod Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1470 Iyannough Rd. Rt 132, Hyannis, MA
The price is $96 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 3 mi (5 km) of Hyannis Golf Course, Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame, and Cape Cod Carousel. Cape ...
3.5/5 Good! (809 reviews)
"Nothing unique Carpet looks fine but seemed in need of cleaning Hot tub had film over it Pool towels could have been used as loofahs"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Best Western Cape Cod Hotel
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $116 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Race Point Beach, MacMillan Pier, and Beech Forest. Herring Cove Beach and Truro Vineyards ...
3.7/5 Good! (953 reviews)
"Location little outside busy center which was nice,little quieter,nice views,great staff"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
3 out of 5
1225 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA
The price is $123 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
This family-friendly Hyannis resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Hyannis Golf Course, Cape Cod Carousel and Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (962 reviews)
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Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Cape Codder Resort and Spa
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.
Sandcastle Resort and Club
Sandcastle Resort and Club
3 out of 5
929 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
The price is $79 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Nestled on the beach, this Provincetown vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Provincetown Theater, Race Point Beach, and MacMillan Pier. Long Point and Pilgrim ...
3.6/5 Good! (697 reviews)
"Everything was wonderful I love being able to cook they had all the pots and pans and utensils and everything you could possibly need for a small apartment / efficiency. The only thing that really was not very good where the mattresses they were pretty hard especially the one in the open up couch ..."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Sandcastle Resort and Club
Cape Winds Resort, a VRI resort
Cape Winds Resort, a VRI resort
3.5 out of 5
657 W Main Street, Hyannis, MA
The price is $98 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in the heart of Hyannis, this condo resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cape Cod Melody Tent, Craigville Beach, and St. Francis Xavier Church. John F. Kennedy ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (279 reviews)
"This property was nice and quiet. I arrived after the office closed but they sent me email where to find my key which was easy to find. I would stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Cape Winds Resort, a VRI resort
Holly Tree Resort, a VRI resort
Holly Tree Resort, a VRI resort
3 out of 5
412 Main St, Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA
Located in the heart of West Yarmouth, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cape Cod Inflatable Park, Englewood Beach, and Putter's Paradise Miniature ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (186 reviews)
"Clean. Location. Friendly Staff. Loved the amenities"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Holly Tree Resort, a VRI resort
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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