Explore Cape Cod
Cape Cod HotelsStroll through the dunes on windswept beaches, view native animals in their glorious natural habitat, and sail, swim, or surf in the protected natural harbors of Cape Cod’s idyllic coastline. This jutting landmass, an island separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the trailing waters of the Cape Cod Canal, is a haven for sun-seeking tourists escaping city life. Its towns are sprawling, filled with colonial homes, wide grass verges, and playful parklands, and beyond these boundaries lie the soft sands of its endless beaches, the verdant greens of its many golf courses, and the hilltop tracks of its snaking bicycle routes. Things to seeHyannis Port Beach attracts visitors to its curving stretch of sand, protected from the intense currents of the North Atlantic by its bowed rocky headland, and hidden seabed boulders. The natural barrier makes it safe for swimming, and through the summer months this stretch of golden sand is crowded with beachgoers, picnickers, and hardy surfers tackling the open water waves. The nearby harbor, a natural marina for all manner of craft, welcomes ferries from the mainland or Nantucket Island. It’s a lively spot, busy with the comings and goings of yachts and catamarans, fishing vessels, and diving trips, and dominated by the whitewashed lighthouse perched on its natural sea break. Over at the city of Bourne, the National Sea Life Center is a popular attraction. Its enormous glass tanks house injured and sick marine creatures, from ailing seals to sickly turtles. You can visit the animal hospital, explore the science behind caring for animals, and perhaps see a release back into the wild, but over on the lengthy stretch of golden, grass-covered sands of West Dennis Beach, you might get a glimpse of sea creatures in their natural environment. Hotels in
Cape CodThis popular tourist area is brimming with places to stay. If you’re aiming for luxury hotels in Cape Cod, keep heading towards the east coast, where top-end hotels are ready to welcome you with beautiful sea views, in-room WiFi, stylish bathrooms, and private beach access just steps from the resort. The mainly mid-range hotels on the cape are welcoming and bright. They’re often converted colonial-style family homes, with spacious bedrooms, fireplaces, and complimentary breakfast for guests, but there are some motel-style residences to choose from if you prefer a less intimate feel. Where to stayProvincetown on Cape Cod, towered over by its dominating granite-built Pilgrim Tower, is a pretty colonial-era New England town with colorful streets, billowing bunting, and a picturesque harbor filled with fishing boats. There are around 3,000 inhabitants here, but by summer that number swells twenty times, as tourists descend upon the soft sands of its beaches. In the south, Hyannis is a fishing town with wide avenues, a shop-lined main street, and an interesting mix of old and new architecture. You can get some great Cape Cod hotel deals close to its port, where the shiplap-covered houses have been transformed into welcoming bed and breakfasts or oceanfront guesthouses. How to get to Cape CodCape Cod has an abundance of municipal airports dotted along its curved length, but for international travelers, the nearest point of entry is Boston’s Logan International Airport an hour’s drive to the north. The towns and cities on the island are connected by bus, but with so many hidden beaches, surprising golf courses, and delectable cafésto discover, you might want to hire a car to get around.