Destination guide

Find your slice of Cape Cod

From family getaways to romantic retreats, Cape Cod has been luring vacationers for over a century. This characterful slice of Massachusetts is known for its friendly fishing villages, colorful seafood shacks and sandy beaches. Families love the calm water and sandy beaches of Cape Cod Bay, while well-heeled vacationers flock to upmarket Martha's Vineyard. College students party hard in Falmouth and Wellfleet, while on-trend Provincetown entices visitors with its flourishing arts scene. Whatever your niche, Cape Cod vacation rentals have you covered, with a fantastic line-up of properties across the peninsula.

Things to do

Discover Cape Cod's Kennedy Legacy Trail

For generations, Cape Cod has served as a retreat for the Kennedy clan. Today the John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum offers a glimpse at how the famous family spent their summers. It's the first stop on the Kennedy Legacy Trail, a historic self-guided route that winds through downtown Hyannis. From breezy beach cottages to oceanfront estates, Cape Cod vacation rentals showcase properties worthy of John and Jackie themselves. Love art? Championing homegrown Lower Cape talent, the Provincetown Art Association & Museum displays works from the likes of Charles Hawthorne and Edward Hopper.

Activities

Have a whale of a time in Cape Cod

Most vacationers arrive in search of sand and sunshine. Cape Cod delivers, with a string of stunning beaches to choose from. The Massachusetts coast boasts some of North America's best whale-watching opportunities, with the chance to spot humpbacks, finbacks and minkes, as well as pods of dolphins. Seafood is a staple in Cape Cod, and eating your way through lobster rolls, crab cakes and clam chowder is all part of the fun. For a change of scene, why not stock up on fresh seafood, then head back to your Cape Cod vacation rentals for a sunset BBQ on the deck?

Weather

Cape Cod is a summer retreat for the Obamas

Cape Cod shines in the summer, when the peninsula enjoys clear skies, warm weather and long days. This has made it a favorite with sunseekers like Henry David Thoreau, Barack Obama and JFK. Expect big crowds from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the classic time to enjoy a Cape Cod vacation. Thanks to lower costs and thinner crowds, fall has emerged as a sweet spot. Even in winter the cape attracts its fair share of vacationers. Enjoy windswept walks on the beach and cozy nights by the fireplace of your Cape Cod vacation rentals cottage.

Natural features

Beach hopping in the Cape Cod National Seashore

Shaped like a hook, Cape Cod juts off the US state of Massachusetts. The landscape is formed by ocean currents and Atlantic winds that give it a rugged natural beauty. While beaches and sand dunes are its biggest drawcard, Cape Cod is also strewn with birch forests, freshwater lagoons, salt marshes and scarlet cranberry bogs. Much of the peninsula is protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore, which hides a treasure trove of pristine beaches and scenic nature trails.

How to get there

How to get to and around Cape Cod

The nearest airport is in Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), located 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Provincetown, MA (PVC-Provincetown Municipal), which is 21.1 mi (33.9 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Hyannis Transportation Center.

Where to stay around Barnstable County, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,907 vacation rentals near Barnstable County. From 5,642 Houses to 952 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Barnstable County for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Barnstable County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barnstable County. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chatham: 3,116 vacation rentals
  • Wellfleet: 2,731 vacation rentals
  • Dennis Port: 1,097 vacation rentals
  • Dennis: 3,952 vacation rentals
  • Orleans: 3,186 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Barnstable County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Barnstable County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Barnstable County:

  • Chatham: 3,116 rentals
  • Wellfleet: 2,731 rentals
  • Dennis: 3,952 rentals
  • Orleans: 3,186 rentals
  • Truro: 1,862 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Barnstable County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Barnstable County are:

  • Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC): 1,729 vacation rentals
  • Otis Angb Airport (FMH): 3,715 vacation rentals
  • Barnstable Municipal Boardman Polando Field (HYA): 4,982 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Barnstable County?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Barnstable County. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod: 1,069 rentals
  • Hyannis Port Beach: 2,891 rentals
  • Craigville Beach: 4,886 rentals
  • Cape Cod Country Club: 3,394 rentals
  • Nauset Beach: 4,234 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Barnstable County listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Barnstable County

Chatham
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