Cape Cod

Cape Cod Travel Guide

The six-mile-long, dune-capped Sandy Neck Beach, in West Barnstable and Sandwich, is populated by more piping plovers than people.

A bronze statue of John F. Kennedy stands in front of this brick Colonial building, a museum dedicated to his Cape Cod life. It looks as if he had stepped from the curved white-columned portico for a barefoot stroll through the plumed grasses to his beloved beach.

Rent a bike at Gale Force Bike Rentals in Provincetown, pick up a map, and ride five miles along scenic High Head Road to the Cape Cod Highland Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Cape.

Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes.

The rambling former residence of the famous illustrator has been turned into a museum. The first floor has an ample display of his pen-and-ink drawings, along with personal photographs and mementos.

To find shabby-chic cottage décor, check out Joan Peters of Osterville. The owner’s signature Cape Cod toile design appears on fabrics, tiles, and even sinks.

For a more active adventure, catch the eight-mile Cape Cod Province Lands Bike Trail at Race Point. It passes through sand dunes and forests and ends at the ocean. Don’t miss the spur that leads to the Herring Cove lighthouse.

The bright-yellow vessel operated by Beachcomber Boat Tours offers seal-watching tours or drop-offs of passengers at North Beach (and pickups later).

All the rooms at Eastham’s Whalewalk Inn & Spa are furnished with antiques; the most romantic is the tiny Salt Box Cottage. Ask the owners about the best hike and they’ll send you to a place most locals have never heard of.

Jobi Pottery, in Truro, has been making its retro pieces, decorated with small black fish, since 1953.

The whimsical shop carries affordable housewares and furniture like an Offi birch coffee table for $180.

This open-air stand on the side of the highway is your stop for beach plum jelly, rosehip jam, and cranberry marmalade.

There’s no better way to explore the coast than by water, and Jack’s will outfit you with kayaks, canoes, and Sunfish sailboats. They’ll even arrange for a temporary license if you want to fish a nearby pond.

This two-story house in downtown Wellfleet is the go-to place for brightly colored plates, napkins, glassware, and rugs.

Of the hundreds of galleries across Cape Cod, one of the best is this 46-year-old arts space, occupying a Greek Revival-style house with gardens. Stop by on Saturdays between 6 and 8 p.m. for the weekly openings.