About Cape Cod and the Islands
Cape Cod has many different facets. Each town on the Cape has something unique to offer in the way of natural beauty, history, the arts and in entertainment. The Cape, about 70 miles in length, is often subdivided in four to six regions: Upper-Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower-Cape, Outer-Cape and the Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
The Upper-Cape - Includes Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich and Bourne areas of Cape Cod. In this region the two bridges accessing Cape Cod (Over the Cape Cod Canal) are located. It is close to the historical settlement of Plymouth and about 55 miles from downtown Boston.
The Mid-Cape - This region includes Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable and its seven villages; Hyannis, Osterville, Centerville, Cotuit, West Barnstable, Barnstable Village and Marstons Mills. Hyannis is considered the "hub" of the Cape with nearly 70% of the population in this area. The downtown area of Hyannis is busy most of the year. it is the home of the JFK Museum and the Ocean Street Docks with ferries and tour boats to the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
The Lower-Cape - Known as the Cape's elbow and home of Nickerson State Park, this region includes the towns of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans. The Lower-Cape boasts family-oriented summer communities and serves as the gateway to the Outer Cape, where all roads merge.
The Outer-Cape - Home of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this region includes the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. The Outer-Cape is a bit more secluded and well suited for summer tourists because of the miles of fine beaches in the National Seashore.
The Islands - The region includes Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Each island has a distinctly different flavor. Nantucket, only three by nine miles, is about as quaint a New England seaside town as you will find. The downtown area includes fine shops, galleries and the famous Nantucket Whaling Museum. The cobblestone streets are busy with tourist in almost every season. The Christmas Stroll is a favorite winter attraction. Martha's Vineyard, a favorite vacation spot of the Clinton's, is well known for great beaches, ocean vistas and the seaside villages of Oaks Bluff, Chilmark, Edgartown and Tisbury.