Exploring Cape Cod In and Around West Barnstable

There is much to attract the traveler to Cape Cod, and the central location of West Barnstable makes it the perfect base and starting point for your exploration of the area. Whether you have come to watch the whales, play in the sand and surf of Cape Cod Bay or learn more about the rich culture and history of the region, there is always plenty to do and see here.

Watching the Whales
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
P.O. Box 254
Barnstable, MA 02630
(508)362-6088
www.whales.net

Leaving daily from Barnstable Harbor and not far from your West Barnstable Bed and Breakfast, Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises strives hard to give all of its passengers an unforgettable voyage on the bay. Manned by an experienced and knowledgeable captain and crew, you are guaranteed to see a whale on the day of your cruise or receive a raincheck for another trip. The best seats are on the first level near the front, but standing by the rail is fine, too, especially since the crew will usually make sure that both sides of the boat get a good view of any animals sighted. Also, be sure to take along a jacket, even if the day feels warm on the shore, as the temperature on the water is often 10 to 15 degrees colder than on land. A trip out to see the whales costs $45 for adults and $26 for children age 4 to 12 (3 and under are free), but a $3 coupon is available on the company's website. Senior citizens are offered a $5 discount off their fare, as well.

Sandy Neck Beach Park

Just to the northeast of West Barnstable is one of the premier spots in the area to lounge in the sun, try your hand at fishing or shellfishing, swim in the bay or stroll along the beach for miles. Maritime forests along with marshes and dunes combine with the sparkling water to give you a pleasant environment to unwind in. There are many trails where you can explore the unsullied landscape and meander among the local flora and fauna. Opportunities for horseback riding and the use of off-road vehicles are available with the purchase of the appropriate permits. The area has also been officially named a Cultural Historical District, so be sure to look for the antique beach shacks and cottages as well as Sandy Creek's lighthouse.

Cape Cod National Seashore

After exploring all that is available in the immediate neighborhood of your West Barnstable Inn, BBOnline recommends a trip toward the end of the bay's curving peninsula to the Cape Cod National Seashore. Only about 23 miles away from West Barnstable, the park has 40 miles of shoreline, uplands and wetlands to enjoy. There are numerous biking and walking trails to aid you in your exploration of the landscape, giving you the chance to encounter some of the over 450 species of wildlife the park hosts. Lovers of history and culture will also not be disappointed here as there are various lighthouses, historical buildings, and museums either in the park itself or close by that offer a detailed look into Cape Cod's colorful past.