Cape Cod is made up of three regions; upper, lower and mid-Cape. Upper Cape is the part closest to the mainland. It includes the towns of Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee and Bourne.
Sandwich, founded in 1637 is the oldest town on Cape Cod. Here you will find the Sandwich Glass Museum, Thornton Burgess Museum and Heritage Museums and Gardens as well as the Dexter Grist Mill and the Green Briar Nature Center.
Falmouth hosts the famous Shining Sea Bike Path, 10 town beaches and 80 miles of coastline. The world renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and the Marine Biological Laboratory. Tourists come from around the world to take as well as the ferries to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Falmouth is composed of several separate villages, including East Falmouth, Falmouth Village, Hatchville, North Falmouth, Teaticket, Waquoit, West Falmouth, Woods Hole, Davisville, Hatchville, Falmouth Heights, Quissett, Sippewissett.
Mashpee boasts Mashpee Commons, the Rodeo Drive of Cape Cod with professional offices and high-end condos above its many boutiques, eateries and movie theater. South Cape Village, is next door as is New Seabury, an upscale residential golf community along Vineyard Sound, South Cape Beach.
Bourne is known for the well-respected Massachusetts Maritime Academy, in the village of Buzzards Bay, along with the Cape Cod Canal.
The Mid-Cape region is the tourism and commerce hub of Cape Cod. The towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Dennis feature beautiful beaches along Nantucket Sound, such as Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, a popular windsurfing destination.
There are seven villages in the town of Barnstable, including Barnstable Village, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable.
The Lower Cape & Outer Cape
The Lower Cape, also known as the Outer Cape, includes Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet. This area is home to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a national park that encompasses much of the Outer Cape from Orleans to Provincetown. The Outer Cape has Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Ballston Beach in Truro, and Skaket Beach in Orleans. Provincetown presents an eclectic city-like atmosphere and is also renowned for its historic fishing fleets, ferry to New York City and sunset beaches.