Cape Cod Neighborhoods


Allen Harbor - Harwich MA

Sometimes referred to simply as “The Port” by locals, Harwich Port is actually three harbors worth of fun. Home to the Saquatucket, Allen and Wychmere harbors, it’s easy to get out on the water here, with various boating tours available for those of all ages.

A popular spot for vacationers, Harwichport is home to both the private Allen Harbor Yacht Club and home to the Wychmere Beach Club. You’ll find tennis, docks and moorings at Allen Harbor, although the harbor’s primarily reserved for yachting. This location is said to be best for small craft due to its narrow entrance.

Wychmere Harbor, meanwhile, offers moorings for powerboats and sailboats. It also boasts a pier and a park for the enjoyment of locals and visitors.

The most diverse harbor in Harwich

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nauset beach aerial view

Nauset Beach, viewed from 200 feet above the dunes.  Photo Courtesy Altametry

It may sound kind of low-tech, but a somewhat simple idea could be the solution to making a high-tech shark tracker off the coast of Cape Cod actually work. Researchers are looking at expanding a pilot program that used balloons to help spot sharks off the coast of Chatham last summer.

The idea comes from a company called Altametry SmartBalloon out of Miami. Their specialized balloon uses high-def cameras, specialized lens filters and video streaming to look into the ocean and notify officials when sharks are close to the shoreline.

Crews tested out the equipment off Cape Cod with a trial project in early August 2017. While the program seemed to work as planned, there

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paines creek beach - brewster ma

Ideal for cooling off in the water, soaking up some sun on the sand or searching for shells, a visit to Brewster isn’t complete without visiting some of its beautiful beaches. One of the biggest reasons to visit is perhaps to see the famous Brewster tidal flats, some of the largest in all of North America. However, there’s much more to see and experience in the Brewster area.

Good choices for visitors include Breakwater Beach, known for its soft sand and calm water. You’ll find a number of tidal flats and pools to explore during low tide at this popular beach.

There’s also the option of Crosby Beach, one of the largest beaches in Brewster and recommended for families. This beach also features warm, calm water and soft sand, best experienced during the

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wellfleet oysters

Long considered some of the best in the world, Wellfleet oysters have been a true favorite for generations. While actually transplanted to the area in the 1800s, the world-renowned oysters have long since made a place for themselves up and down the Cape.

The Wellfleet oyster actually translates to millions of dollars for the local economy. Shellfishing is no doubt big business on Cape Cod, with a longstanding tradition of harvesting fresh oysters. In fact, it’s said the surrounding area is truly engrained in the oysters, and not just in the name.  

The tasty Cape delicacy no doubt gains some of its flavor due to the cold waters of the region. The combination of lower water temperatures and 12-foot tides are said to make the oysters sweeter and plumper

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whydah pirate museum sign

Much more than just unearthed treasures on display in a Cape Cod museum, the old Whydah pirate ship continues to attract interest, hundreds of years after it first disappeared. The galley ship came under control of pirates in the early 1700s, only to wreck during a powerful storm near Wellfleet, taking most of its crew down with it, and possibly its many treasures.

It’s said that up to five tons of pirated gold, silver and jewelry may have been onboard when the ship went down. Published reports suggest the ship’s wreckage scattered across four miles of coastline.

It’s suspected that locals likely quickly scoured the beach looking for some of that treasure, possibly even burying it in what’s now part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Much of that’s

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ballston beach - truro ma

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Ballston Beach just gained top honors when it comes to the Cape’s best beaches. The designation from Cape Cod Magazine details the ’20 Best Beaches on Cape Cod’, with Truro’s Ballston Beach listed in the top spot.

The Atlantic-facing beach is praised for its endless sand, stretching out along the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s also pointed out that this picturesque beach is quiet and peaceful, with small waves, cliffs, and even sandbars at low tide.

Situated at the end of a residential road and flanked by hills, the large beach is also praised for its soft sand and its spacious appeal. A great place for boogie boarding and for surfing, you won’t find a boardwalk or space to picnic, but you will find plenty of

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herring cove beach - provincetown ma

Protected Herring Cove Beach promotes an adventurous and secluded destination for beachgoers in Provincetown. This indulgent stretch of beach allows for ideal ocean access, particularly enticing for the more adventurous visitors to the Cape.

Part of the National Seashore, Herring Cove Beach is found at the extreme tip of Cape Cod, just a few miles from Downtown Provincetown. Serving up incredible views, it’s also one of the most favored beaches in the region, most popular during the late summer season. Part of that attraction comes from the stunning sunsets on display from the beachfront, though lifeguards protect only a portion of the sand and water.

Sadly, though, the beach has had some problems with erosion in recent years, specifically over just the

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sunset in truro ma at high head beach - cape cod national seashore

With plenty to see and experience, the summer season is the ideal time of year to enjoy the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s the place of beaches, woods and ponds, with all of it stretching along Cape Cod’s eastern shore.

In fact, the Cape Cod National Seashore exists within the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. With that in mind, it’s no surprise then that the Cape Cod National Seashore includes around a half-dozen beaches.

This includes Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Head of the Meadow in Truro, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, plus both Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Despite some current limitations due to nesting piper plovers and some limited off-roading options, there’s

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white crest beach - wellfleet ma

A favorite spot for surfers on Cape Cod, White Crest Beach is Wellfleet could soon offer up more parking to locals and visitors. Plans call for expanding the parking lot at the beach by hundreds of spaces, but it may not be as many as previously thought.

Right now the lot has room for around 200 vehicle spaces, but future plans could make additional room for a total of 460 cars to park in the area. Originally, planners set out to make a lot for up to 600 parking spaces, but its been reported that engineers weren’t able to add that many spaces to their plan.

Some had also previously suggested making space for 1,000 vehicles, initiating concerns about how that could lead to increased traffic in the area, and mean a drain on the efforts of local police

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pleasant bay real estate

Several Cape Cod communities are banding together to help protect Pleasant Bay now, and for years to come. The towns of Chatham, Brewster, Orleans and Harwich all share its watershed.

Just recently they joined together, gaining issuance of the first Watershed Permit ever in the state. While it may seem that everything came together in recent weeks, it’s actually been a work in progress for a couple of decades.

That’s when the four towns first adopted a Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, and began implementing it via the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The new permit, however, specifically outlines all of the measurable steps the towns plan to take together and individually, all aimed at addressing threats to the health of the Bay.

With it, the towns are

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