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Cape Cod - Been There

What to see in Cape Cod, Edward Hopper's water paradise

Photo by Mike Hogan

Cape Cod - Been There What to see in Cape Cod, Edward Hopper's water paradise

Since taking over management of the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn three years ago, I've been helping visitors to travel like a local through Cape Cod.

Mike Hogan
Mike Hogan

Here are my insider tips for a local-style holiday on the Cape.

Dune Shacks of Provincetown

Shack in Cape Cod

A dune shack. Photo by Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

A dune shack.

Hike about a mile and a half through huge shifting dunes and walk up to history itself. The dune shacks are inside the protected Cape Cod National Seashore and are actually built from the wreckage of ships that didn't make it past the Cape's slippery sandbars.

Expect nearly endless beaches, incredible sights, and magnificent views on this off-the-beaten-path trail back into the past.

Shark Watch

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Shark spotting. Photo by Mike Hogan / Captain Darren Saletta

Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

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Shark spotting.

There are thousands of seals in the waters off Cape Cod's coast; there are hundreds of Great White Sharks hunting those same seals.

To see them head to the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn, which hires a seasoned Cape Cod captain to help guide guests toward and around these prehistoric beasts.

The inn will even lend you a GoPro camera so you can document the experience.

Sandy Neck

Sandy Neck

Sandy Neck. Photo by Mike Hogan / Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

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Sandy Neck.

To get out to Sandy Neck you'll need one of three things: an Off Road Vehicle permit, a kayak (to get across the Harbor), or the patience to walk a winding 6 to 7 miles.

And it's worth the trek, because Sandy Neck on the Cape Cod Bay has it all. Perfect for a solitary escape, the Sandy Neck Colony (made up of beach cottages and the Sandy Neck Lighthouse) is almost empty during off-season months; you'll find miles of uninterrupted sand dunes peppered with pines and wild cranberry bogs.

The Great Island Trail

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The Great Island Trail. Photo by Mike Hogan

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Mike Hogan

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The Great Island Trail.

The Great Island in Wellfleet is actually a peninsula that dips into Wellfleet Harbor.

Easy access, free parking, and some of the best views on Cape Cod make this an off-the-beaten-path paradise. It takes a little effort to explore the 7-8 miles of hiking trails and beaches so it isn't tourist-heavy at all: expect to have the place almost all to yourself.

Nickerson State Park

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Nickerson State Park. Photo by Mike Hogan

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Mike Hogan

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Nickerson State Park.

Bike or walk the trails of Nickerson State Park in Brewster and take get a glimpse of heaven. Even in peak season, there's always your own secret spot to discover and call your own as you explore the shorelines of the park's best swimming holes.

Oyster Farms

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Exploring the oyster farms. Photo by Mike Hogan

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Mike Hogan

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Exploring the oyster farms.

The Oyster Farms off the coast of the Bay are a spectacular site to see. Thousands of oysters line hundreds of baskets, which are visible at low tide.

As the tide recedes, you can walk amongst the oyster farmer’s plots and see what 'fresh food' really means.

Provincelands Bike Trail

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Biking through Provincelands. Photo by Mike Hogan

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Mike Hogan

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Biking through Provincelands.

You won't find many opportunities to ride comfortably through the sand dunes, so take a bike!

Pedal your way through the various ecosystems that make up one of the biggest areas of undeveloped dunes on the East Coast of the USA.

A truly unforgettable, and largely unknown, adventure.

Guided Kayaking Tours

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Kayaking on the Cape. Photo by Mike Hogan

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Mike Hogan

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Kayaking on the Cape.

See Cape Cod how it's supposed to be seen: from the back waterways, on a guided kayak excursion.

Explore some of the best parts of the Cape from a unique perspective. Enjoy paddling Bell's Neck Conservation Lands via the Herring River in Harwich, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, and Nauset Marsh in Eastham.

Stage Harbor Lighthouse

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Stage Harbor Lighthouse. Photo by Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan

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Stage Harbor Lighthouse.

Hike about 20 minutes to find this rarely visited lighthouse south of Chatham. It's an easy hike over varied loose and hard pack sand.

The payoff? Incredible views over the Nantucket Sound and into Chatham's Stage Harbor.

 

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Mike Hogan is a long time traveler and explorer. A resident of Cape Cod, he is the owner of the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn

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