Cape Cod (United States)

Cape Cod Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Summer or winter?

Cape Cod is an island south of Boston, Massachusetts
Popular with the city crowd who come here to unwind
Beaches, quaint towns, art galleries, restaurants, hiking, biking

Cape Cod is an island to the south of Boston, separated from Massachusetts by the Cod Canal and a popular summer destination for the big city crowd. It is not hard to see why they like it here. The dunes and beaches along the 40 miles long stretch called the Cape Cod National Seashore tend to get most attention, but the pine and oak forests and woodlands in the interior are no less appealing, while scenic towns like Sandwich and Provincetown with their upscale restaurants, art galleries and historical sights complete the list of reasons why so many make their way here.

Call me crazy if you like but I can't really decide whether I prefer Cape Cod in winter or in summer. Admittedly, summer is a pretty fun time, but it is also the time of year when the hotels are fully booked, towns are crowded and there are traffic jams towards the best beaches. Once there, parking spots may be hard to find. In winter on the other hand, the weather may be a bit more gloomy, but that is more than compensated in my opinion by the peace and quiet of the place at that time of year. Sitting on an empty beach, cold winter wind in your face, the sound of seagulls in the background... It's not bad. but I digress.

There is plenty of scope for activities in Cape Cod. There is the usual hiking and biking, but what about (humpback) whale watching, fishing or golfing? [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Cape Cod is a region in United States. It is situated at an altitude of 85ft and the best airport to fly into is BOS (Logan International, Boston, MA)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Cape Cod Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

37 39 43 50 59 68 75 75 70 61 52 43

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

3.8 4.3 4.8 4.1 3.8 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.8 4.1 4 4.4

More Cape Cod travel resources

Head over to our friends at Planetware to read more, or else check out this list of things to do by US News. If you are thinking of heading over in winter, read Boston Globe's or NY Times' take on that. Fodor's covered the place, while Frommers gives a list of the best towns on the Cape.

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