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Summer in Cape Cod

Summer in Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Massachusetts is one of the Northeast’s most popular tourist destinations. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the peninsula is packed with visitors seeking a fun and relaxing vacation. The climate is mild and makes for an exquisite summer. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod was built with two canals that give it an island feel. It is connected to the mainland by two canal bridges, the Sagamore and the Bourne. Cape Cod’s best dishes are shellfish, including oysters and lobsters. There are more than enough activities for the whole family, from kayaking to fishing to mini-golf. The Cape offers an interesting history to explore and plenty of relaxing, sandy beaches.

Cape Sections

Cape Cod incorporates all of Barnstable County and is separated into four sections.

Outer Cape

The most popular tourist spot on the Cape, the Outer Cape is home to Provincetown at the very tip of Cape Cod. There are many hiking and biking trails in the Cape Cod National Seashore, a large national park stretching through most of the Outer Cape. The Outer Cape also has many luxurious beaches. One of the most popular activities on the Cape is whale watching, and the Outer Cape is the original home of the Dolphin Fleet, the only federally certified whale rescue operation. You are guaranteed to see a whale The Outer Cape is also a haven for artists.

Lower Cape

Known for its charm, Lower Cape is a main agricultural hub on the Cape and hosts an annual cranberry festival (cranberries are one of Cape Cod’s top exports). The Lower Cape is also home to the oldest and tallest Lighthouse on the Cape, Highland Light. There are great walking villages in the Lower Cape, filled with shops and parks.

Mid Cape

The Mid Cape is home to Cape Cod’s largest town, Barnstable. Mid Cape has many warm water beaches along Nantucket Sound and is a popular windsurfing destination. This is a quiet, quaint part of the Cape, with many small, independent inns and bed & breakfasts. You can also catch a show at the nation’s oldest professional summer theater, the Cape Playhouse.

Upper Cape

Closest to the mainland, it houses both the oldest and youngest towns in the Cape, Sandwich, and Bourne respectively. From the Upper Cape, it is easy to hop a ferry to the nearby island, Martha’s Vineyard. IT is home to many marine research facilities, including the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. There are many museums to explore and Mashpee Commons, a large outdoor shopping mall.

Golf Courses

The Cape is also well known for its golf courses. There are over 50 courses to play.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

You don’t have to go far to play when you stay at Wequassett. A hideaway that has undergone extensive renovations, the rooms have been modernized with technology and have private balconies with views of the beach. You can play around at the private Cape Cod National Golf Club.

Eastward Ho! Country Club

A private club that is difficult to get into, it sits by Pleasant Bay and has a dramatic view and terrain.

Highland Links

A small, 9-hole course that can be rough, it is one of the most beautiful places to play. It is also open to the public, so everyone can enjoy it.

Falmouth Country Club

A public course that offers plenty of amenities to go along with its rolling greens.

Wrapping Up

Wherever you choose to go on the cape, the ambiance will be spectacular and you will never run out of things to do. The Outer Cape is certainly the most well-traveled of the sections and for good reason, but for a quieter, less crowded vacation, there are plenty of other options on the Cape.

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