The packed marinas, blue water and pristine beaches of this handsome village make it a waterfront gateway to Cape Cod that you will surely remember.
When you reach West Barnstable, Massachusetts, feel the potential of this beachside town everywhere. Throughout town, notice pretty saltbox houses flanked by white picket fences and manicured lawns.
Shop for picnic groceries in white-trimmed, red barn buildings. Sit under a gazebo among the serene gardens of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The small town offers New England charm with convenient access to larger towns full of amenities.
Trails provide long walks leading to the beach. West Barnstable is close to the ocean and just 4 miles (6 kilometers) from great beaches. Set off to sea on a whale-watching cruise or a fishing charter. Take a guided ecotour of the Barnstable harbor and learn about the marine animals that reside here.
Admire nature and wildlife at the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a spooky ghost tour of Barnstable that will also expose you to some of its rich history. You’ll have time to enjoy both in the same day.
Visit one of the oldest libraries in the United States, Sturgis Library. Appreciate the role of the U.S. Coast Guard in shaping maritime history at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.
To get to West Barnstable, fly into Barnstable Airport, rent a car and drive 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) or fly into Boston Logan International Airport and drive 68 miles (106 kilometers). When you get here, stay at one of several hotels and motels. Come with an open schedule, though, so that you can take as much time as you need to explore the rest of Cape Cod. West Barnstable is only the beginning of the glorious places that await you along the coast.