Cape Cod

1602 // Provincetown // Sandwich // Bourne // Falmouth // Woods Hole // Yarmouth // 3,000+ Shipwrecks // Sport Fishing // 339 square miles...

Cape Cod is a small cape peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is the easternmost point of Massachusetts on the East Coast of the United States in New England.

The Cape is made up of just 15 towns with Provincetown being the northernmost town of the peninsula, whilst Woods Hole is in the Cape’s southwest. 1602 was the first time the name “Cape Cod” was used and even then, it was only applied to the peninsula’s tip. 125 years later, the name then was used to cover it all.

The Sagamore and Bourne Bridges are the only two road bridges that cross Cape Cod Canal, whilst the Canal Railroad Bridge is used for freight and a limited passenger train service.

The islands south of the Cape, which were originally whaling and trading areas, are today popular tourist destinations, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket being the most well known and accessible from the Cape.

The Cape is often referred to as the Upper and Lower Cape and those of you who know your geography well will recognise many of the towns as English coastal towns, such as Sandwich and Falmouth on the Upper Cape; Barnstable and Yarmouth on the Mid-Cape and Harwich and Chatham on the Lower Cape.

The Seasons tend to start later on Cape Cod and is known for having mild autumns but never gets too hot even in the height of summer with average temperatures around 75°F (24°C).

Due to the hazardous waters and moving shoals off-shore, there have been over 3,000 shipwrecks around Cape Cod and as a result you will see many lighthouses along the Cape’s coastline.

Cape Cod has two commercial airports: Barnstable Municipal Airport and Provincetown Municipal Airport. There is a public bus service run by the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and runs all year round. There is also a long-distance service to downtown Boston and Logan International Airport.

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