Right smack in the heart of Cape Cod is the charming community of Barnstable. It is a popular summer destination and is top-notch when it comes to providing its guests with the best accommodations and activities. That is why during the summer months, Barnstable gets the bulk of the whole of Cape Cod’s annual visitors, making it the most in-demand summer destination in the region. Even notable people like the Kennedy family and past presidents like Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland find this a great summer place as they are known to spend their summer holidays in this beautiful town. It’s not really surprising because not only will you be able to get the relaxation you need within its picture-perfect communities; there are also loads of fun things to do. So if you’re looking for a summer spot where you can enjoy your vacation with friends and family, Barnstable is certainly what you’re looking for.
The whole region of Cape Cod is a well-known destination for fishing enthusiasts from all over the world—and Barnstable is nestled right in the middle of it. The town itself is surrounded by water—from the Cape Cod Bay to the north, the Nantucket Sound to the south, the North Atlantic to the east, and the smaller bays, estuaries, lakes, and marshes in between, which means you can pretty much fish anywhere you go. It is the best launching spot to fully experience Cape Cod fishing.
Given it is the perfect location to get to the best fishing spots in the region, you can target tons of fish here. If you’re thinking of catching fluke, scup, stripers, brown trout, muskie, or crappie, you can ask a Barnstable fishing guide to take you to the south side at Wells Creek, Broad Sound, and Maraspin Creek and cast your line directly from the beach or a jetty. If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, there’s always the Cape Cod Bay and the Northern Atlantic, where you can catch game fish such as tuna, mahi-mahi, and marlin. If you have never tried deep-sea fishing or if you don’t have your fishing gear with you, you don’t have to worry because there are plenty of Barnstable fishing charters that will not only take you to the best deep-sea fishing spots in the Bay and Atlantic but will also provide you with all the deep sea fishing must-haves.
A great summer vacation would not be complete without enjoying the sun and the sea in all their glory. Yes, basking in the sun on Barnstable’s stunning beaches will let you do that, but if you’re looking for something more thrilling, fun water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing are the best way to go.
Seeing whales in the wild where they belong can definitely be a moving and life-changing experience. Not only will you get to see them, but Barnstable whale watching tours also give you the opportunity to learn more about these gentle giants of the sea and help the whale conservation efforts in the area.
Retail therapy is always a great idea, especially in Barnstable, where there are lots of world-class boutiques, gift shops, bookstores, and shopping centers all over town.
If you are into arts and culture, Barnstable is just a couple of minutes' drive away from several artists’ studios, music festival locations, galleries, and craft shops. There are also museums like the Heritage Museum and Gardens and Cape Cod Museum of Art; and historical attractions such as the JFK Hyannis Museum and Pilgrim Monument.