Cape Cod Neighborhoods

popponesset marketplace - mashpee ma

Graphic: Popponesset Marketplace

Popponesset may not be as well-known as some of its nearby counterparts, but it’s certainly gaining in reputation. For years the community was known as a destination for the middle-class of Boston, and its charming character remains strong to this day.

This Upper Cape village sits in Mashpee, but don’t let its tiny population dissuade you. Bordered on its southern edge by Nantucket Sound, the village actually gains its namesake from Popponesset Bay.

Now decades since its beginning, the seaside village of Popponesset maintains a strong reputation as a popular family destination. Popponesset is home to more than a mile of private beaches, plus it also has its own baseball field, basketball court and community

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smile mass beach chair

Cape Cod has long been known for its focus on inclusiveness and respect for all cultures.  But until recently, vacationing on the Cape for parents and spouses of people with disabilities was uniquely challenging.  Most motels and rentals aren’t ideal for wheelchair use, and the Cape’s vaunted beaches and ponds can be an obstacle course rather than a haven for children and adults with mobility issues.

Thanks to the non-profit organization, SMILE Mass — Small Miracles in Life Exist — vacationing on the Cape just got a little easier.  North Truro is now home to a newly renovated beach-accessible condo.  Located at 544 Shore Road adjacent to the Beach Point and Noon’s Landing neighborhoods, the condo is a two-story, 1,100 sf oceanfront home.  Located

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the knob - falmouth ma
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A popular place for taking a nature walk, spotting area wildlife or taking in some fantastic views, The Knob in Falmouth is one location you don’t want to miss when visiting Cape Cod. This tiny peninsula extends out in the bay from Quissett Harbor, with multiple trails, room for swimming and impressive natural scenery all around.

Part of the small seaside Village of Woods Hole, The Knob was actually gifted to the Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries decades ago. Long considered a quiet spot to catch a sunset and enjoy nature, more and more people are starting to discover the area.

The 12-acre property is filled with a number of trails, plus it has a pleasant swimming beach for cooling off during a warm summer day. Perhaps the best

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 Indian Ponds - Maston Mills MA

While Cape Cod’s known for its beautiful beaches and waterfront possibilities, some of its inland sites may prove just as enticing. Locals know that some of the best swimming, kayaking and fishing is possible on one of the many kettle ponds that dot the area.

Made up of a total of three interconnected ponds, Indian Ponds in Marstons Mills is an especially popular location for boating, fishing and swimming all year long. A joining of Mystic Lake, Middle Pond and Hamblin Pond, the freshwater kettle ponds have been a part of the local community for generations.

Located in the west Barnstable village of Marstons Mills, each pond measures more than 100-acres in size. You’ll also find a nice selection of unique, waterfront homes surrounding the

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coast guard beach - eastham ma

Coast Guard Beach is once again ranked as one of the best. The beach recently took the number six spot when it comes to the annual list of the best beaches in the country, compliments of Dr. Beach. Last year Coast Guard Beach sat in the number five spot.

Not only is the beach special for its unique attributes, but it’s also the only New England beach to grab a spot on the list this year. Beaches are ranked in terms of everything from water temperature and cleanliness to safety and the softness of the sand.

In fact, 50 different criteria are taken into consideration. The professor behind the ranking system has been coming out with the list for decades, with his selections based on personal visits and federal data collected by the EPA.

As for

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days cottages - truro ma

Known by some as the flower cottages, the Days’ Cottages in Truro are truly part of an iconic Cape community. A staple in the area since the early 1930s, the cottages offer perhaps some of the best and most immediate access to the sand and water.

Identical from the outside, the 22 cottages are right on the beach between North Truro and Provincetown. Standing all in a row, the cottages have no doubt been the subjects of countless photographs over the years, and they have quite a story to tell.

The Days’ Cottages are all painted white with green shutters, but they’re individually recognized by their names. The original owners named each after its own flower, giving some individualized identity to the Truro beach cottages.

After all, it’s hard

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megansett beach - north falmouth maPhoto: timalosi

Located in North Falmouth, Megansett Harbor provides an ideal location for exploring the Cape and Buzzards Bay. The view from the jetty extending into Megansett Harbor is hard to beat, plus the harbor is the perfect spot for launching sailboats, kayaks and other small boats, with a paved boat ramp and a long wooden dock.

In fact, Megansett Harbor is an extremely popular location for sailboats, as most boats are able to launch right from Megansett Harbor Landing. Right next to the boat ramp you’ll find the fun of Megansett Beach.

The sandy beach is the perfect spot for taking a swim, lounging along the water or enjoying a picnic lunch. Its calm waters are especially favored by families, who often venture to the beach each summer

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bass river - cape cod real estate

Officially the town line between Yarmouth and Dennis, the Bass River is equally important to both communities. A popular spot for boating and fishing in central Cape Cod, the river provides plenty of fun for locals and visitors alike, from waterskiing and kayaking, to fishing and fun along the shore.

As the largest river on Cape Cod, the Bass River virtually divides the Cape in half, running from the areas of Follins and Mill ponds in the north to Nantucket Sound in the south. A center island called Marsh Island separates the river into Old Field Channel, which flows towards West Dennis, and the main channel, which passes by Windmill Beach, Ship Shops Marina, Bass River Yacht Club and Bass River Marina.

The river remains especially popular with

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menauhant - falmouth ma

One of the earliest summer resort colonies on Cape Cod, Menauhant of East Falmouth is truly a magical place. While the historic summer spot dates back more than a century, it’s not hard to see decades later what makes the location so special.

Plans for the summer colony first emerged in the late 1800s, planned out for 700 small lots. Bordering Eel Pond, Vineyard Sound and Bournes Pond, it wasn’t long before people started flocking to Menauhant during the summer months, especially from the big cities of neighboring Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

A hotel soon went up near two private beaches, bringing with it stables and a bowling alley. It wasn’t long, though, before a casino joined the location too, complete with an indoor skating rink.

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sesuit harbor cafe - east dennis ma

Popular for its bay beaches, its deep-sea fishing and its quaint location, historic East Dennis is filled with generations of charm. Steep in history, it’s not hard to take a step back in time when visiting or laying down roots in the region.

As one of the five villages of Dennis, East Dennis is known for its historic homes and businesses. Generations ago, the old Shiverick’s Shipyard sat in East Dennis. A plaque now marks the spot, plus another plaque indications the location of the very first salt works business in the area.

The landmark Evangelical Free Church still stands on Center Street, as do a number of historic old homes. In fact, many locals in East Dennis can trace their families on the Cape back for generations.

The coveted Sesuit

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