Yarmouth, MA

From the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce (www.capecodchamber.org):

One of the oldest towns on Cape Cod, Yarmouth enjoys shoreline on both Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound and offers three distinctive villages rich in history – West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port and South Yarmouth.

Yarmouth is both old and new—and both contribute mightily to its appeal. To the north is the village of Yarmouth Port, an attractive unspoiled area that is completely New England in feeling and runs along historic Route 6A. Sea captain’s homes (many of which have been lovingly restored into quaint B&Bs), antique shops, an 1889 pharmacy, the Cape’s oldest inn, an antiquarian bookstore and a sprawling village green dot the main thoroughfare. 

The villages of West and South Yarmouth are more commercially settled.  The Route 28 side is lined with hotels, motels, restaurants, souvenir shops, miniature golf courses and such visitor-friendly attractions as an inflatable water park. Bass River, the longest tidal river on the eastern seaboard, is surrounded by historic homes and elegant waterfront estates.

Nature walks and scenic hikes in the town take you through conservation areas and along marshes, ponds, and beaches. Popular trails include Callery-Darling Conservation Area and Crab Creek Conservation Area. In recent years, the Cape Cod Rail Trail was extended to South Yarmouth, providing a new entryway to the 25.5 mile paved rail trail that meanders all the way into Wellfleet (an extension into Barnstable is also planned). The town has four golf courses, including two municipal courses, and many areas for kayaking and paddleboarding, particularly Bass River.

Yarmouth is home to several beaches, from cozy bay beaches to expansive, sandy beaches. Windsurfing is a favorite activity at Seagull Beach, and Bass River Beach (also known as Smugglers Beach) has become known for its annual sand castle contest.

Find more information on Yarmouth through the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce.