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Cape Cod

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Cape Cod

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Cape Cod [1] is an arm-shaped peninsula located on the Easternmost portion of Massachusetts. It is a well-traveled tourist and vacation area, featuring miles and miles of beaches, natural attractions and outdoor activities, historic sites, and many four star restaurants. The area is also very popular amongst antique enthusiasts and people who enjoy bed and breakfasts. The town of Provincetown, at the very tip of the peninsula, is the site of the first landing of the Pilgrims.

Regions and towns

Cape Cod is made up of diverse towns and many villages. The most popular include Provincetown, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard.

The region is often further divided as follows: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, Outer Cape.

Upper Cape - towns nearest to the bridges that lead to Cape Cod.

  • Bourne (includes the villages of Bourne Village, Bournedale, Buzzards Bay, Cataumet, Gray Gables, Monument Beach, Pocasset, Sagamore and Sagamore Beach)
  • Sandwich (includes the village of Forestdale.)
  • Falmouth (includes the villages of Woods Hole,Teaticket and Waquoit)
  • Mashpee (includes the villages of New Seabury and Popponesset)

Mid Cape

  • Barnstable (includes the villages of Barnstable Village, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Marstons Mills, Osterville, West Barnstable)
  • Dennis (includes the village of Dennis Port)
  • Yarmouth (includes the village of Yarmouth Port (includes Bass River) *chuckle*

Lower Cape - towns near the elbow of the peninsula.

Outer Cape - towns at the end of the peninsula.

The Islands region


Get in

By car

The Cape Cod Canal, where Cape Cod starts, is about an hour and a quarter from both Boston and Providence. Traffic on the two vehicle bridges over the canal is often backed up for miles during peak travel times on summer weekends.

  • From Boston take I-93 south to Route 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge. (Becomes Rt. 6)
  • From Providence or points south take I-95 north to I-195 to Route 25 south to the Bourne Bridge (I-495 also becomes Route 25). At the rotary (traffic circle) on the Cape side there is access to:
  • Rt. 28 toward Monument Beach, Mashpee and Falmouth and other south side points.
  • or go almost all the way around and travel along the Canal to Route 6.

In 2006 there is a large construction project ahead of the Sagamore Bridge. The rotary is being removed and various other major changes are being made to improve traffic throughput. "Expect delays". :(

By Bus

  • Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway, 17 Elm Av, Hyannis, +1 508-771-6191, [2].
  • Bonanza Bus, +1 888-751-8800, [3]

By Air

Get around

The easiest way to get around is by car. The main routes around Cape Cod are:

  • Route 6, the major (mostly) four lane highway.
  • Route 6A, the most scenic road (and slowest), it is along the Cape Cod Bay coast. Loaded with antique and artisan shops.
  • Route 28, a busy mostly two lane road through the southern part of Cape Cod.
  • Ferry cruises to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard leave daily from Hyannis and Falmouth Harbors, including:
  • Hy-Line Cruises, Ocean Street Dock, Hyannis, +1 508-778-2600, [5].
  • The Steamship Authority, 1 Cowdry Rd, Woods Hole and 65 South St, Hyannis , Passenger Reservations: +1 508-495-3278; Vehicle Reservations: +1 508-477-8600, [6].


As a major tourist destination, most every Cape Cod town has many sites of interest which are within the town pages. Some of the attractions of a regional nature are:

  • Cape Cod Baseball League [7]. The ten team Cape Cod Baseball League is one of the premier amateur baseball leagues in the US. It is totally free of charge for the fans and played throughout the summer in ten different Cape towns. About one out of every seven MLB players has played in the CCBL.
  • Cape Cod Central Railroad in Barnstable.
  • Cape Cod Melody Tent in Barnstable.
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, specializing in Cape Cod artistry.
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster.
  • Cape Cod Lighthouses
  • Nobska Light, Woods Hole
  • Sandy Neck Light, Barnstable
  • Lewis Bay Light, Hyannis Harbor
  • Hardings & Chatham Light, Chatham
  • Nauset Light, Eastham
  • Cape Cod Light, Truro
  • Race Point, Wood End Light & Long Point Light, Provincetown


Map of the Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Visit Art Galleries
  • Beaches, especially the Cape Cod National Seashore[8].
  • Biking and Hiking
  • Boating and Water Sports
  • Camping
  • Fishing, both freshwater and saltwater.
  • Golf [9] More than 20 public golf courses.
  • Theatre, Cape Cod has a large number of theatres -- one in nearly every town as well as a number of festivals including the Provincetown Fringe Festival and Eventide Arts Festival.


As a coastal region, Cape Cod has the expected abundance of seafood restaurants in all price ranges. Excellent restaurants can be found in many towns including Brewster, Orleans, Provincetown, and Sandwich. Wellfleet is well known for its shellfish, particularly oysters. At one time oysters were actually shipped there and put in the harbor to get the distinct flavor.



Cape Cod has a very large number of accommodations ranging from basic motels to plush spa resorts. Resort areas include Chatham, Hyannis and Provincetown.

Note that many hotels are only open seasonly (April through October) and that prices can increase dramatically during the summer high season and during festivals.

Get out

Traffic is heavy on summer weekends. Try to get over the bridges before noon or after 7PM if leaving on Sunday.

This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!