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On the USA’s East Coast, Cape Cod is a scenic hoop-shaped peninsula, which stretches out like a 65-mile-long arm from mainland Massachusetts. This picturesque spot is crammed with powdery beaches, colourful lighthouses and charming seaside towns – so you can look forward to lots of outdoor adventures. From hiking to deep-sea fishing, a Cape Cod holiday serves up all sorts of activities.

Cape Cod is blessed with miles of beaches, plus a trio of pretty islands. You can spend your days strolling across blonde sands, cycling along clifftop pathways, or teeing off on some of Massachusetts’ best golf courses. Cape Cod holidays are ideal for animal-lovers, too, as you can go on whale-watching trips or walk through wildlife conservation areas with a pair of binoculars in hand. Wander around the sleepy towns of Hyannis and Provincetown, where you can tuck into mouth-watering seafood, including freshly-caught clams, oysters and lobster.

There are some great daytrips in these parts, too. Sail over to Martha’s Vineyard, where you can explore untouched beaches, admire picture-perfect cottages, and enjoy a coastal walk along Aquinnah Cliffs. Or visit the tiny isle of Nantucket to discover cute lighthouses, cobbled streets and craft breweries.

Alternatively, if you’re eager to see more of Massachusetts, why not add on a few days in Boston? Less than a two-hour drive from Cape Cod, this vibrant city boasts all sorts of cultural sites, including the Freedom Trail. Or you could go on an epic road trip up the East Coast, driving through New England towards New York City. However you want to explore, our Travel Specialists can help you tailor-make your holiday to Cape Cod and beyond.

Beaches

Things to do

Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket

Best time to go

Cape Cod beaches

Cape Cod is home to an impressive 400 miles’ worth of beaches, many of which are untouched. Even those which show signs of life are often only with dotted postcard-worthy lighthouses and sleepy seaside cottages – so you’ll find plenty of pristine spots to unroll your towel.

If you’re eager to enjoy some watersports during your Cape Cod holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Craigville Beach is popular for kitesurfing, while Monument Beach serves up windsurfing and sailing. Travelling with little ones? Grays Beach and Marconi Beach offer safe waters for swimming and picnic areas.

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For something a little different, you could try your hand at deep-sea fishing in Stellwagen Bay or Cape Cod Bay. Or, if you’re after a scenic coastal walk, make tracks for Cape Cod National Seashore. Meandering for 40 miles, this photogenic stretch features quiet beaches, craggy cliffs and freshwater ponds. And, if you’re visiting Cape Cod between April and October, make sure you go on a whale-watching cruises in search of humpback, finback and minke whales, as well as Atlantic white-sided dolphins.

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Things to do in Cape Cod

Keen golfers will be in their element on a holiday to Cape Cod. The peninsula boasts 27 public golf courses, including Championship courses and some of the USA’s best par-54 courses.

Away from the fairways, you’ll find some fantastic hiking and biking trails. Barnstaple and Hyannis are particularly good spots, with the latter home to the Cape Cod Pathways Trail. Hyannis is also where you’ll find the John F. Kennedy Museum. You can browse the fascinating exhibitions about the USA’s 35th President, whose family have close connections with the Cape Cod area.

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Provincetown should also be on your list. On the northern tip of Cape Cod, this quaint town is hugely popular, thanks to its pretty harbour, lovely beaches and famously friendly community. Why not sit by the waterfront and tuck into a bowl of New England clam chowder, or feast on tasty lobster bake?

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Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket

Just off-shore from the Cape Cod peninsula, you’ll find the two peaceful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. A daytrip to one of these islands – or both – will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, thanks to their laidback charm.

A popular haunt for the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard is easily accessible from the mainland. You can catch a ferry from Falmouth or Hyannis, and the journey takes no more than an hour. Go for an invigorating walk along Aquinnah Cliffs, surf in the waves of Katama Beach, admire Edgartown Lighthouse, and see rare plants in the protected area of Menemsha Hills.

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Petite Nantucket, meanwhile, is home to dune-backed beaches and cobblestone lanes, flanked by sleek boutiques and top-quality restaurants. Hire bikes to explore the island, or enjoy a picnic on one of its many beaches. Learn about the island’s history at the Whaling Museum, then enjoy a refreshing craft beer at Cisco Brewers.

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Best time to go to Cape Cod

Cape Cod has a lovely seasonal climate. July and August tend to be the most popular months, when temperatures average 26°C. This is the perfect time to make the most of Cape Cod’s beaches, nature preserves, golf courses and outdoor activities. Plus, the peninsula is cooler than the mainland – so, if you’re thinking of also visiting Boston, Cape Cod offers a nice break from the city heat. 

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Alternatively, if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, consider planning your Cape Code holiday for May, June or September. During these shoulder months, you can look forward to pleasant temperatures between the high teens and low twenties. And you’ll still be able to see migrating whales, which frequent these waters between mid-April and October. Winter is best avoided, though. October to January is the wettest time of year, and the shores are often very foggy.

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Beaches

Cape Cod beaches

Cape Cod is home to an impressive 400 miles’ worth of beaches, many of which are untouched. Even those which show signs of life are often only with dotted postcard-worthy lighthouses and sleepy seaside cottages – so you’ll find plenty of pristine spots to unroll your towel.

If you’re eager to enjoy some watersports during your Cape Cod holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Craigville Beach is popular for kitesurfing, while Monument Beach serves up windsurfing and sailing. Travelling with little ones? Grays Beach and Marconi Beach offer safe waters for swimming and picnic areas.

Show More
Show Less

For something a little different, you could try your hand at deep-sea fishing in Stellwagen Bay or Cape Cod Bay. Or, if you’re after a scenic coastal walk, make tracks for Cape Cod National Seashore. Meandering for 40 miles, this photogenic stretch features quiet beaches, craggy cliffs and freshwater ponds. And, if you’re visiting Cape Cod between April and October, make sure you go on a whale-watching cruises in search of humpback, finback and minke whales, as well as Atlantic white-sided dolphins.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Cape Cod

Keen golfers will be in their element on a holiday to Cape Cod. The peninsula boasts 27 public golf courses, including Championship courses and some of the USA’s best par-54 courses.

Away from the fairways, you’ll find some fantastic hiking and biking trails. Barnstaple and Hyannis are particularly good spots, with the latter home to the Cape Cod Pathways Trail. Hyannis is also where you’ll find the John F. Kennedy Museum. You can browse the fascinating exhibitions about the USA’s 35th President, whose family have close connections with the Cape Cod area.

Show More
Show Less

Provincetown should also be on your list. On the northern tip of Cape Cod, this quaint town is hugely popular, thanks to its pretty harbour, lovely beaches and famously friendly community. Why not sit by the waterfront and tuck into a bowl of New England clam chowder, or feast on tasty lobster bake?

Show More
Show Less

Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket

Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket

Just off-shore from the Cape Cod peninsula, you’ll find the two peaceful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. A daytrip to one of these islands – or both – will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, thanks to their laidback charm.

A popular haunt for the rich and famous, Martha’s Vineyard is easily accessible from the mainland. You can catch a ferry from Falmouth or Hyannis, and the journey takes no more than an hour. Go for an invigorating walk along Aquinnah Cliffs, surf in the waves of Katama Beach, admire Edgartown Lighthouse, and see rare plants in the protected area of Menemsha Hills.

Show More
Show Less

Petite Nantucket, meanwhile, is home to dune-backed beaches and cobblestone lanes, flanked by sleek boutiques and top-quality restaurants. Hire bikes to explore the island, or enjoy a picnic on one of its many beaches. Learn about the island’s history at the Whaling Museum, then enjoy a refreshing craft beer at Cisco Brewers.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Cape Cod

Cape Cod has a lovely seasonal climate. July and August tend to be the most popular months, when temperatures average 26°C. This is the perfect time to make the most of Cape Cod’s beaches, nature preserves, golf courses and outdoor activities. Plus, the peninsula is cooler than the mainland – so, if you’re thinking of also visiting Boston, Cape Cod offers a nice break from the city heat. 

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, consider planning your Cape Code holiday for May, June or September. During these shoulder months, you can look forward to pleasant temperatures between the high teens and low twenties. And you’ll still be able to see migrating whales, which frequent these waters between mid-April and October. Winter is best avoided, though. October to January is the wettest time of year, and the shores are often very foggy.

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