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Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

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Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

We are coming to Hyannis the last week of July and never been to Cape Cod.

We normally visit O.C. MD or Panama City, FL, so are used to Gulf or big waves. My boys 8 and 10 like to Boogie Board at Ocean City. My boys will go in the ocean this time of year in MD (72 degrees), but is it that much colder on Cape Cod and would the waves be good for good swimmers and decent boogie boarders in Eastham at this age who are used to the ocean?

My other option would be to stay in Hyannis where my older son has a regatta, but having read up on the beaches it seems it would be more like playing on a Bay than the Ocean, but the shells at Kalmus sound fun.

The only definite is to visit the Wyndah museum in Yarmouth while we are there. Any ideas on good beaches or travel to and from Hyannis to Eastham. We would get there on a Friday and it would be Saturday and Sunday morning we would need to travel to Hyannis from Eastham.

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1. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

The biggest waves (and most of the sharks) are most often along the east coast of Cape as could be expected, as well as the coldest water temps. Hyannis is the "big city" and least Cape like but I believe that hotel prices may be better because of the number of places. The stretch of Route 6 from 134 in Dennis to rotary in Orleans is two lane so on a Saturday, it could make travel slower but as I only go my local dump on Saturday, I really don't have any actual experience. And with Saturday being the most common turnover day for weekly units, that's why I mentioned it.

Edited: 09 July 2018, 09:17
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2. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

The biggest waves are off the eastern coast of the Cape, facing the Atlantic. Waves are only significant at Kalmus when conditions are perfect- wind out of the south, tide coming in, preferably a storm offshore. You can find some current water temperature data from NOAA's buoys here:

https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

Currently, the Nantucket Sound buoy is reporting a water temp of 71.4 F. The one off of Provincetown isn't reporting water temps, but the Cape Cod Bay one is reporting 64.9 F. In my experience, the eastern facing beaches are slightly colder than the bay so that is a significant temperature difference. You may be able to find good waves and warm water at a less protected Nantucket Sound beach like West Dennis beach.

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3. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

I believe that current temperatures at the National Seashore beaches on the Outer Cape are about 65 which is average for July.

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4. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

Yes the National Seashore Atlantic beaches, starting in Eastham, sound like what you are looking for. Lifeguards and spotteplanes are watching out for shark sightings so make sure your kids swim within thr guarded areas.

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5. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

Besides the beach info it might be worth mentioning that Hyannis and Yarmouth (Whydah for example) are the two towns that will have more things for your boys to do a la OCMD and Panama City.

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6. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

Thanks for your replies so far. We really love the beach and my youngest loves pirates (especially Sam Bellamy who my husband has talked about for a while).

As far as travel- should we expect heavy traffic around noon on Friday?

Also, how hard would it be to drive out to Eastham or Provincetown after dropping my oldest son off in the morning?

I am reversing my thinking with Easham. In my research it looks like the hotels really are not on the beaches and you need to drive and park somewhere anyway even if you stay at a hotel. I love water views and hearing the waves at night, but it seems like the shore is part of the national seashore so you don't get beachfront hotels. If you know of any please let me know.

Thanks for the suggestion on West Dennis Beach, we definitely will check it out.

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7. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

You are correct about no hotels on the shore on the Outer Cape. The ocean side is protected land. If you go to North Truro there are places on Cape Cod Bay, such as Crow's Nest and Top Mast that are right on the water. Also Surfside in Provincetown. But you don't get the waves that you do on the ocean.

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8. Re: Visiting Hyannis- hotel ideas (do we go farther to Eastham?)

You are looking for ocean front accommodations at the end of this month? You are probably going to need to call the properties and see if you can pick up a cancellation or their recommendation to another property..

There are a lot of properties on the beach in South Yarmouth, West Dennis and Dennis Port. Most also have a pool.

In Dennis Port there are motels like Corsair/Cross Rip, Three Seasons and then there are time shares like, Blue Green Resorts (The Soundings + The Breakers) and Edgewater beach. Across from the beach road there are a handful of cottages around a pool at The Ebb Tide which is also the name of their restaurant and there's a cottage colony on plus across the street at Dennis Seashores. More options in West Dennis too as well as the aforementioned South Yarmouth.

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