Cape Cod and the Islands

Massachusett's Summer Playground

Walking on the seashore in Cape Cod

Cape Cod’s 200,000 population booms from Memorial Day to Labor Day as visitors from Massachusetts and beyond come to enjoy the summer on the wide sandy beaches. The busy season actually extends beyond the summer, with any warm day an excuse to get out and play in the more than 550 miles of sand and surf.

The Cape and Islands region is popular for its outdoor activities beyond playing on the beach. Biking, boating, and fishing are all Cape favorites, and the area has 27 public, daily-fee golf courses and 15 private courses.

The Naukabout Music Festival is held each summer in East Falmouth, featuring food, arts, family activities, and of course music.

The distinctive hook shape of the Cape terminates at Provincetown, the original landing location of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. Provincetown, once home to whaling fleets that hunted the huge animals with wooden ships and harpoons, now is home to a fleet of the Dolphin Fleet, taking nature enthusiasts out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to observe living whales up close. The fleet takes tourists to see humpbacks, fin whales, the smaller minke whale, and even the endangered right whales. Provincetown, often called P-town, has a long tradition of being eclectic, welcoming the LGBT community, artists, and those who live Bohemian and untraditional lifestyles, so the town and populace both are colorful and entertaining.

Midway on the Cape is Hyannis, the region’s largest city and known for being the home of the Kennedy family. While most of the island has towns barely large enough to be called villages, Hyannis bustles with activity and commerce.

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are the two largest and most populated of the offshore islands, with ferry access from Hyannis, Falmouth, and Rhode Island.

See our articles

Dreaming of Summer on Cape Cod – A visit to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, MA

Heading East – A weekend getaway to Provincetown

Sand and Sun – Cape Cod National Seashore

The towns in Cape Cod and the Islands region include:

Harwich Port
Martha’s Vineyard

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