You came to Cape Cod for fun, a four-seasons climate, as well as the sand and water at the beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Increase the feeling of a “beach retreat” when you visit some of the off-the-beaten-path Cape Cod that many tourists often skip – or don’t even know about!
The gem nestled on Cape Cod Bay is as remote as it gets. Get there by off road vehicle, crossing the waters of Barnstable Harbor, or taking a very long walk. Even in peak season, you’ll be able to find a spot just for you, but the off season sees a transformation into a near ghost town atmosphere. Take in the Sandy Neck Lighthouse, miles of sand dunes, cranberry bogs, and more.
If you visited the cranberry bogs, you may also be interested in the oyster farms of the area. They’re right off the coast of Cape Cod Bay. Thousands of oysters line hundreds of baskets that are only visible at low tide. With the receding tide, you’ll be able to walk the farmers’ plots and see just what it takes to be an oyster farmer at this Cape Cod off-the-beaten-path experience.
Provincelands Bike Trail
You’d think a bike trail wouldn’t be such an off-the-beaten-path locale, but this one is. The paved trail cuts through the dunes like a rollercoaster. You’ll pedal your way through a variety of ecosystems but be careful and mind the sand drifts over the trail. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear. The views are stunning, sometimes stretching all the way to the coast. You can take the trail all the way to Race Point beach, but you’ll have to bring your own food and drink as there is no food service anywhere.
The Great Island
Visit Wellfleet and the island that’s not actually an island. In fact, it’s a peninsula that dips into Wellfleet Harbor. Even though it’s considered “off the beaten path,” it boasts some of the best views on Cape Cod! If you’re looking for some exercise, there are up to eight miles of hiking trails and beaches to explore.
Bound Brook Island Beach
The beach is in Wellfleet, almost to Truro. The secluded beach allows you to see nearly all the way to Provincetown! Not even many locals frequent the area, so you’ll likely have the place to yourself, even during the high season. Part of that is due to the effort it takes to get there, which includes bumpy ride on a dirt road to the trailhead leading to the beach.
Pamet Cranberry Bog Trail
While you’re near Truro, visit this trail on your hunt for off-the-beaten-path Cape Cod experiences.. It’s an easy walk through woods and sand dunes with a striking view at the end. Cut out the wooded section and head straight for the scenic view at the peak of a tall sand dune. If you do decide to include the woods, there’s a short loop to an old cranberry bog house to include as well.
Uncle Tim’s Bridge
There’s even more off-the-beaten-path fun in Wellfleet. It may look like an unassuming foot bridge, but Uncle Tim’s Bridge leads to Hamblen Island. There, you’ll find a myriad of nature trails, wildlife, and more. Parking near the bridge is always free, so it’s a low-cost addition to your itinerary everyone will enjoy.
The tower in Dennis is lesser known than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown but offers views you won’t get anywhere else. Take in the tall cobblestone tower that was built on the hilltop in 1901. It was originally meant to be a tourist observatory for those enjoying views of Scargo Lake. See the area in all its fall glory during peak fall foliage season for the ultimate in beautiful Cape Cod views.
Dune Shacks of Provincetown
Located at the end of Dune Shacks Trail, this hidden gem is worth the hike. It’s only about 1.5 miles through giant shifting sand dunes. The shacks are actually inside the protected Cape Cod National Seashore and are built from the wreckage of ships that couldn’t negotiate the Cape’s slippery sand bars. The shacks have no running water or electricity, and food and other supplies must be carried in by hand. Take a look around and know that you’re almost on the easternmost edge of the U.S. – only Maine is further east, when you look out at the beautiful views. To start your journey toward the shacks, park on the side of Route 6 on the way to Provincetown.
Accommodations Off the Beaten Path Cape Cod
When you stay in a vacation rental on Cape Cod provided by Pretty Picky Properties, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Atlantic, as well as many of the off-the-beaten-path attractions we love. We’re also close to many area attractions, sites, tours, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer. Choose from a two-bedroom unit all the way up to a ten-bedroom compound for a Cape Cod getaway with all your loved ones. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal, in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the pool at select rentals.
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