Barnstable, Cape Cod
Barnstable, Massachusetts is the Cape’s largest town and second oldest. It is the seat of Barnstable County, which encompasses the entire Cape. Hyannis, Barnstable’s largest village, is the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod, welcoming planes, trains, busses and island ferries.
Hyannis is alive with shops, galleries, fine restaurants, nightspots and entertainment centers. Its Lewis Harbor attracts yachting luminaries from around the globe, and, of course, there is Hyannisport, which is renowned as the summer home of the Kennedy clan.
Along Barnstable’s southerly coast are the villages of Cotuit, Osterville and Centerville – with handsome homes and beautiful Nantucket Sound beaches. To the north are West Barnstable and Barnstable Village, bucolic spots that are reminiscent of horse-and-buggy days. Vast marshes, stone walls and glimpses of Cape Cod Bay provide reminders of the Cape’s distinctive geography.Back to Town Guides Read Featured Articles