Waterfront Vacation Spots

Waterfront accommodations on Cape Cod are a perfect complement to the region’s seaside backdrop. Whether you look out at a serene pond from one of our campgrounds, enjoy sweeping water views from the balcony of a harbor-side hotel, or spoil yourself at a four-star oceanfront resort, the Cape’s renowned scenic beauty is right at your doorstep.


One of the loveliest destinations on Cape Cod just may be the gorgeous Chatham Bars Inn (297 Shore Road, Chatham, 508-945-0096, www.chathambarsinn.com). This is the place you want to go for the luxurious getaway of your dreams. Stay in one of the guestrooms in the main inn, each of which offer WiFi, comfy robes and slippers, and deluxe European bed linens. If you stay in one of the New England-style cottages, amenities include a fireplace, private deck and ocean views. Looking for some real pampering? A spa suite with its own massage table, sauna and steam shower might be right up your alley.


Just down the road from the Chatham Bars Inn is the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club (One Pleasant Bay Road, Chatham, 508-432-5400, www.wequassett.com), yet another exquisite spot. The resort offers incredibly lavish rooms and suites with magnificent water views, as well as cottages and rooms overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens. Perhaps you’ll want to book your vacation around the inn’s celebrated jazz festival, which runs through the summer. Last summer, 80s movie teen star Anthony Michael Hall was spotted cheering on his mom, jazz singer Mercedes Hall.


At the Anchor In, (1 South Street, Hyannis, 508-775-0357, www.anchorin.com), you have access to the best of both worlds – waterfront ambiance and close proximity to the shopping and fun of downtown Hyannis. It’s also the perfect launching spot for those wishing to visit Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, since the island ferries are located just a block away.  With three different room options – traditional, deluxe and executive  –  the Anchor In offers accommodations for every budget and desire.


In West Dennis, the Lighthouse Inn (1 Lighthouse Road, West Dennis, 508-398-2244, www.lighthouseinn.com) offers a private sandy beach on its nine secluded acres. Enjoy a range of accommodations, from Cape-style guest houses to multi-bedroom cottages. There’s something very old fashioned about this inn, with the main building offering a bit of nostalgia similar to the classic resort hotels of years past.


If you’re looking for an island getaway, you might want to hop a ferry or a plane to beautiful Martha’s Vineyard. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort (South Beach, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, 508-310-1733, www.winnetu.com) is a perfect destination for those seeking an exceptional vacation spot. The Winnetu offers studios, suites and a cottage, while the Mattakesett section of the property has town houses and single-family homes that are rented by the week. The Winnetu’s many amenities include a fitness center, tennis and massage on site, as well as a beautiful pool and private beach. Even the reticent teens in your group will have a great time exploring Martha’s Vineyard. Just tell them Jay-Z and Beyonce have been spotted on the island, along with many other celebrities.


When searching for a waterfront vacation site in the Upper Cape area, you might want to check out Green Harbor Waterfront Lodging in Falmouth (134 Acapesket Road, Falmouth, 508-548-4747, www.gogreenharbor.com). The Green Harbor is a boater’s dream, being one of the few properties in the area where you can launch your own boat. If you’ve got one, bring it with you! The Green Harbor also offers complimentary row boats and paddleboats for guests’ use.  As far as accommodations, there is a lot to choose from, with everything from pool-view rooms to a three-bedroom cottage.


For those who love the hustle and bustle of Route 28, the Bayside Resort Hotel (225 Route 28, West Yarmouth, 508-775-5669, www.baysideresort.com) is a fantastic, family-friendly spot. Located in the heart of Yarmouth on Lewis Bay, you will find a private beach, outdoor and indoor pools, a beach volleyball court, cabana bar and family game room all right on the premises. As an added bonus, you’re within close proximity to all of the activity in the mid-Cape area. For golfers, the Bayside offers great golf packages – special pricing that combines your accommodations with access to some of the best courses on the East Coast.


If camping is more your thing, head to Provincetown and pitch your tent at the Dunes’ Edge Campground (386 Route 6, 508-487-9815, www.dunes-edge.com). Nestled in the dunes at the very end of the Cape, you can have a grand time living the simple life right near one of the liveliest avenues on Cape Cod – Commercial Street. Dunes’ Edge has hook-ups for campers, pop-up tents and trailers, so however you roll when you rough it, they can accommodate you.


With Cape Cod’s surrounding waters such a huge attraction for so many visitors, it’s a beautiful thing that there are such widely varied rooms with a view available. Clearly, when it comes to choosing waterfront accommodations on the Cape, we have got it covered.


Other places to check out:

Best Western Blue Water on the Ocean

291 S. Shore Drive, South Yarmouth




Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center

Old Silver Beach on Cape Cod

350 Quaker Road, North Falmouth




Harbor View Hotel & Resort

131 North Water Street, Edgartown




Hyannis Harbor Hotel

213 Ocean Street, Hyannis 




Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground

569 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven