Cape CodUnited States of America

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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Top Hotels in Cape Cod

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
350 Quaker Rd, North Falmouth, MA
The price is $305 per night

This North Falmouth hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Silver Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Wood Neck Beach and Southwest Beach. Handy Point ...

4.1/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"One of our favorite beaches on the Cape. Great place to stay. Even with a lot of things limited due to Covid, we still enjoyed a great few days here."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
3 out of 5
698 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA
The price is $220 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Provincetown hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Beaches and Provincetown Theater. Race Point Beach and Ryder ...

3.7/5Good! (979 reviews)

"The room was nice and clean, downtown PT is a 20 minutes walk from the hotel, the swimming pool look nice however we didn’t use because of the pandemic, we were trying to be safe, we love the afternoon walk at the beach during low tide, specially my dog, good place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Ocean Mist Beach Hotel & Suites
Ocean Mist Beach Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
97 South Shore Drive, South Yarmouth, MA
The price is $409 per night

Nestled on the beach, this South Yarmouth hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pirate's Cove Mini Golf, Englewood Beach, and Cape Cod Inflatable Park. Cultural Center ...

4.2/5Excellent! (226 reviews)

"Great stay. Recommend for others. No problems. Easy check in/check out"…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2020

Ocean Mist Beach Hotel & Suites

Popular places to visit in Cape Cod

Hyannis Harbor
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Hyannis Harbor

4.5/5(591 reviews)

See the Cape Cod peninsula from a different perspective by riding a boat out of this picturesque harbor or wandering along its docks and jetties.

Cape Cod National Seashore
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Cape Cod National Seashore

4.5/5(618 reviews)

Covering over miles of shoreline around Cape Cod, this national park offers endless things to see and do regardless of the season.

Old Silver Beach
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Old Silver Beach

4.5/5(171 reviews)

Go for a swim in the surprisingly warm water or enjoy the views across Buzzard Bay at Falmouth’s family-favorite beach.

Nauset Beach
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Nauset Beach

4.5/5(208 reviews)

Vast expanses of white sand, light blue water and gentle waves mingle with the sounds of seabirds and seals at this secret gem in Cape Cod.

West Dennis Beach
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West Dennis Beach

4.5/5(175 reviews)

One of the most popular beaches in Dennis, this part of Cape Cod is vast and has the perfect weather for a range of land-based and offshore activities. 

Seagull Beach
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Seagull Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Take part in exhilarating watersports or relax on the sparkling sands of this sweeping beach.

Top things to do in Cape Cod

Boston-Provincetown Fast Ferry (Cape Cod)
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Boston-Provincetown Fast Ferry (Cape Cod)

$61
Per adult
Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour
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Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour

$70
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod

$250
Per adult
Cape Cod Explorer Kayak Tour
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Cape Cod Explorer Kayak Tour

$70
Per adult
Walk on Water Nature Tour
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Walk on Water Nature Tour

$70
Per adult
Fat-Tire Biking at Brewster Flats
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Fat-Tire Biking at Brewster Flats

$80
Per adult

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