Carved out of melting glaciers some 10,000 years ago, Cape Cod is a virgin Island of unmatched beauty and a wide variety of things to do, including sixty miles of hook shaped white sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, fresh water lakes and ponds, green forests, bike trails, villages and communities, nautical experience, whale watching, and lots more. As President Kennedy aptly said no two summers on Cape Cod are the same.
Cape Cod got its name from its abundant catch of cod by the England’s Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602, and today Cape Cod is the number one vacation spot for many Americans.
Cape Cod starts at Sandwich, which is the closest to mainland but still offers lots of water sports like surfing and plenty of shopping opportunities. Bourne, Falmouth, and Mashpee offer plenty of activities for the tourists as well. Sagamore Bridge is very close to Sandwich, which makes it the most accessible town on the Island.
The middle of Cape Cod is a peninsula abundant with warm water beaches on Nantucket Sound, and it is the perfect place for many different water sports. Hyannis is the center of business and commerce, and famous as a vacationing destination of the Kennedy’s. Both the Town of Hyannis and Barnstable have a rustic charm to complement all the modern amenities. A round the year vacation destination Hyannis wears many hats. Yarmouth is famous for its scenic beauty and offers a lot of lodging options with over 80 choices of resorts, motels, inns and B&B’s.
Dennis is located in the very center of Cape Cod and has a unique advantage as it functions as the zero point. It is easy to find, providing easy access to other parts of the Cod. It is famous for its world class beaches and seafood restaurants.
Lower part of Cape Town has Harwich which is ideally located halfway from either end of Cape Cod. Each of the seven villages in Harwich offer a unique charm and character and has award winning restaurants, shops and galleries a wide selection of lodging, spectacular beaches, plenty of fresh water ponds and four harbors. Plus, it has boating, fishing and miles of biking and hiking trails. Not to mention the nationally famous 18-hole golf course.
Chatham is another historical town, and it is deep in the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by water from three sides. Tourist attractions include wildlife, museums, galleries, nature trails, a lighthouse and lots of exciting maritime history.
Once well known as the primary port for whaling, during the early 19th century, Edgartown town is a world famous harbor and tourist destination, because of the numerous houses built by the sailors and captains in the eighteenth century. The houses have been renovated and brought back to life by Edgartown’s growing population. This town can be traversed on foot or bicycle.
The houses offer a lot of historical value, and many of the “captain’s Homes” on the Water Street are famous tourist attraction. The Whaling Church is a large, 18th century church, which has now been turned into a performing arts center, and the adjacent Daniel Fisher House is now used for a variety of social functions.