Cape Cod – A Sweet Summer Escape

May 17, 2022

Quaint seaside villages with roadside eateries, stores, and galleries, coastal landscapes dotted with historic lighthouses, beautiful beaches, cranberry bogs, old-world charm, and warm hospitality are only a few of the traits that make Cape Cod one of the top east coast destinations for a vacation.

By April last year, most of Cape Cod’s rental properties were already fully booked for the summer! Visitors flocked to the hooked-shaped peninsula for a quintessential summer getaway that offers easy seclusion, captivating unspoiled beauty, unique experiences, and the simple pleasures of summer at the beach!

Recently voted one of Travel+Leisure’s “15 Best Weekend Beach Getaways in the U.S.”, Cape Cod is a destination worthy of every travel bucket list and one of Xplorie’s favorite destinations for summer fun.

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Where to Play in Cape Cod, MA

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Whale Watching Cruises

Cape Cod is one of the “Top Whale Watching Destinations” in the world! From April to September, the Massachusetts coastline is abuzz with tourists seeking the ultimate whale watching experience on Cape Cod. Hundreds of marine mammals migrate to the area for summer feeding including Humpbacks, Minkes, Finbacks, Pilot whales, rare Right whales, and playful Atlantic dolphins, seals, and sea turtles.

Embark on a Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise (awarded the Best of the Cape & Islands) of Cape Cod Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for unique up-close encounters with Cape Cod’s majestic marine mammals, and some of the best whale sightings in the world.

On the Water Activities

Getting on the water is easy in beautiful Cape Cod. Aside from the miles of unspoiled beaches, endless stretches of sand, warm summer waters, and tidal pools for a classic beach day, visitors have an abundance of water activities to choose from.

For a true Cape Cod experience, book your on-the-water activities with RideAway Adventures, an award-winning Cape Cod tour company with adventures for all ages. Paddle the Cape Cod bays and estuaries on a guided SUP or kayak explorer or nature tour, or experience a once-in-a-lifetime full moon adventure on Cape Cod. If you prefer to adventure alone, daily or multi-day kayak and SUP rentals can be delivered directly to your Cape Cod vacation home.

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Cape Cod Scenic Drive & Bike Paths

The scenic Old King’s Highway (Route 6A) winds along the shoreline of Cape Cod Bay passing by seaside villages, historic churches and lighthouses, cafes and restaurants, unique shops and galleries, and Cape Cod’s famous cranberry bogs. Take a scenic drive or pick up bike rentals from PTown Bikes (by the hour or week) and explore the attractions of Cape Cod on two wheels.

There’s enough bike paths on Cape Cod to explore every day of your stay. Cruise through 6 Cape Cod villages on the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, ride along the Cape Cod Canal, or explore the shoreline on the Shining Sea Bikeway. Ptown Bikes offer adult rentals, kids rentals, and Burley trailers and tagalongs to get the whole family on the Cape Cod bike paths.

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Cape Cod Fishing Charters

Cape Cod is a haven for all anglers and one of the best destinations for bottom fishing on the east coast! For over 40 years, Patriot Party Boats have been guiding anglers to the best fishing spots in Vineyard Sound, a stretch of Atlantic Ocean nestled between the south shore of Cape Cod and the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard.

Whether you’re a beginner angler, out for a trophy catch, or simply tagging along for a sightseeing adventure on Cape Cod, Patriot Party Boats experienced captain and crew are set on making your Cape Cod bottom fishing experience rewarding and memorable.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Discover the unspoiled beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore, one of the top visited US National Parks for 2021. Attracting over 4 million visitors in 2021, the Cape Cod National Seashore is the top attraction on Cape Cod with miles of hiking and biking trails, historic landmarks, secluded beaches for swimming and surfing, and tranquil waterways to explore by kayak or canoe.

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Historic Attractions

Cape Cod abounds in history and is a top destination for history buffs! Discovered by an English explorer in 1602, followed by the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown in 1620, Cape Cod boasts a rich heritage and is home to many monuments and museums, cranberry bogs rich in tradition, historic plantations, and 14 iconic lighthouses.

Stay with Xplorie and discover the rich history of Cape Cod for free at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, one of the top historic attractions on Cape Cod towering 252 feet above Provincetown and boasting panoramic views of the Cape Cod shoreline.

Cape Cod Golf Courses

Cape Cod is home to over two dozen public golf courses for the ultimate golf getaway! Cranberry Valley Golf Course is a well-designed and beautifully maintained 18-hole championship public golf course in Harwich, lined with kettle holes, scrub oaks, and Cape Cod’s famous cranberry bogs.

Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, the Cranberry Valley Golf Course features a challenging and impressive course layout, a large practice facility including practice bunkers and greens, and a cottage-style clubhouse at the 19th hole. Pack your clubs for the best-golfing experience on Cape Cod!

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Where to Stay in Cape Cod

Cape Cod is divided into four distinct areas each with quaint seaside villages boasting unique charm and personality! From west to east – the Upper Cape Area includes Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich, and Mashpee, the Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Dennis, the Lower Cape includes the quieter towns of Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, and Orleans and the Outer Cape includes the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

Kinlin Grover is Xplorie’s preferred partner and the largest, most trusted vacation rental managers in Cape Cod. From cute Cape cottages for a romantic Cape Cod retreat to elegant classic New England vacation homes on the waterfront for the whole family, their portfolio of Cape Cod rentals includes over 550 unique places to stay from the Upper Cape to the Outer Cape enhanced with complimentary Xplorie activities for each day of your stay on Cape Cod, MA.

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