Cape Cod vacation continues…
What I like about Yarmouth is that there are more hotel choices along route 28, as they are cheaper yet still very close to Hyannis. So cheaper + good location. Thus, there are more shops and restaurants along the main road.
There are also a few beach-front hotels in South Yarmouth, as well as in Dennisport. I highly recommend considering it as an option when you plan a trip to Cape Cod.
- save the entrance fee of going to a beach
- save time driving to a beach, and sometimes wait for a parking spot
- no need to bring beach chairs and carry towels or any beach gears from the car to the beach. Usually the hotel provide beach chairs
- if you or your kids get wet from playing in the water, you can just simply walk back to your hotel room to shower, instead of getting your car wet and sandy 🙂
- overall very convenient!!!
- more pricey
Things to do
- Seagull Beach
Seagull beach is the most popular beach in Yarmouth. If you stay in Yarmouth, you probably will go to this beach. It is a classic Cape Cod beach. $15 daily fee for non-resident.
- Gray’s (Bass hole) Beach
Free parking all year round (hope it’s still the same this year as we speak). It is a bay side beach (facing north). The beach is small with shallow water. You can find little crabs and fishes in the water too. Many people come here to kayak. There is a boat ramp next to the beach where you can watch boats coming and go. It is also a great place to see sunset with a long boardwalk over some salt marsh. The downside of being so close to the marsh and the trees is that there are more mosquitos in the area compared to other beaches in the Cape.
- Christmas Tree Shop
There are two Christmas Tree Shops on route 28, one in Yarmouth and one in Dennis. I love shopping there as they have a lot of Cape Cod-themed goodies, such as some beach-themed wall art, kitchen stuffs, seashells. You would want to bring home some of these to remind you of your Cape Cod vacation 🙂
Places to eat
Since we always go to Hyannis for food, we seldom eat in Yarmouth… ^^”
- Cape Cod Creamery
homemade icecream! You will see many people sitting on these lawn chairs outside of the icecream shop when you drive on Route 28.
- Keltic Kitchen
Good place for breakfast. It is quite busy though.
I discovered this town when I was looking for a hotel with private beach. The ones in Yarmouth were out of my budget, but then I found a nice one here in Dennisport – Colony Beach Motel. I highly recommend staying at a beach-front hotel if it is within your budget.
This time was our first wedding anniversary trip. After moving out from home for a year, I realized why people just want to relax and do nothing while on vacation :p Without the hassle of driving to a beach, a hotel with a private beach is so so so convenient that you don’t really need to go anywhere but relax! 😀
We drove around the area and saw some condos with private beach too 🙂
The year before the stay at this hotel, we actually came across this beach in the northern part of Dennis (facing north/bayside), where mainly local residents go, as there is no public parking. It was where D found the perfect place to propose 😀
Things to do
- Scargo Tower
It is a small stone tower where you can climb up and see the view of the bay and Provincetown on a nice day. Nice view but not spectacular. You don’t need to make a trip there unless you are around the area.
Places to eat
- Ocean House Restaurant
We were very lucky to have a very good reviewed restaurant next to our hotel. We could just walk over there through the beach. Food was good, so was the ambience of the restaurant. It would be nice to seat by the large windows overlooking the ocean.
- The Oyster Company
Good seafood in a cute Cape-Cod style house. It’s a good place to go if you don’t wanna go outside Dennis.
Harwich is next to Dennisport. While we stayed in Dennisport, we just drove around to check out other neighborhoods. There is a nice main street to stroll around in Harwich. We walked by a yard sale, which is everywhere in Cape Cod. I found a nice leather bag still with tag for $1. So do stop by some yard sale in the Cape when you see them. You never know what goodies you would find 🙂
- Pleasant Road Beach
We also found this beach when we explored the town. It looks like the beaches in Harwich requires beach sticker.
- Cape Cod Lavender Farm
There is a small lavender farm in a quiet neighorhood in Harwich. We did not go there as it was not the blooming season. It might be interesting to visit when it is blooming.