Located in Barnstable County, Eastham is a coastal resort community located along Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and best-known as the “Gate” to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Situated on the lower Cape, Eastham is surrounded by water on two sides (the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay), and surrounded by land on the other two. A quiet town with several bay and ocean beaches, Eastham offers lots of open space for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as pretty country lanes, pretty panoramic views, and several freshwater ponds. It’s the ideal setting for a peaceful retreat, located in close proximity to popular summer destinations like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Eastham offers visitors many outdoor attractions and sites, including beautiful beaches like Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, and First Encounter Beach – all of which look like they are the setting for a postcard or Hallmark movie. There are several freshwater ponds near the center of town, including Great Pond (which has two public beaches), Herring Pond, and Salt Bond Bay. Other points of interest include the Eastham Windmill for photo opportunities, and numerous lighthouses such as The Three Sisters Lighthouses and the Nauset Light. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is also popular to visit during the day, and for those looking for more historical insight during their trip, places to add to your list should include the Cove Burying Ground, Captain Penniman House, the Eastham Historical Society, and the 1869 Schoolhouse Museum.
Due to its prime location, Eastham offers easy accessibility to neighboring towns and beaches. Provincetown is 23 miles north of Eastham, located at the tip of Cape Cod with many unique sites to visit, including Pilgrim Monument and Race Point Light – a historic lighthouse. Eastham is also 92 miles southeast of Boston, which is the capital of Massachusetts and home to Boston University, Bunker Hill Monument, and the Boston Red Sox. Nearby Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are under three hours away and also accessible via ferry.
Eastham is made up of a unique combination of waterfront communities and conservation lands, offering visitors the opportunity to rent beautiful private homes and estates that are close to town yet provide the perfect escape. Home located near the Cape Cod Rail Trail run from the Orleans town line to the Wellfleet town line, and there is a path for biking, roller blading, jogging, and more. Bayberry Lane is a popular street in Eastham that offers access and frontage at First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod Bay with panoramic views, while Wiley Park is a 44-acre conservation area on the shore of Great Pond that includes a walking trail, swimming and fishing access.
Conveniently located on Route 6, State Highway, Eastham is easily accessible by car. There are also several methods of public transportation, including several local bus services that provide connections to neighboring areas like Hyannis, Harwich, and Orleans – in addition to The FLEX – which offers year-round service from Harwich to Provincetown with stops at the Eastham Town Hall and Salt Pond Visitor Center. There is also a ferry service to the islands (Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard) called Hy-Line Cruises.
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