Destination guide

Provincetown—a brush with history

Visitors to Provincetown are following in the footsteps of history. This town on the northern tip of Cape Cod is the site of the “Mayflower” landing in 1620, which brought the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. A few years earlier, the English explorer and founder of the Jamestown colony in Virginia, Benjamin Gosnold, had led a pioneering expedition to the cape and named it after the profusion of codfish in its waters. Today, this freewheeling seaside resort is a magnet for artists, bohemians, and fans of alternative culture, with demand for Provincetown vacation rentals peaking during the summer festival season.

Activities

Discover Provincetown’s unique dunescape

A guided tour of the fascinating historic district of Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars showcases the creative side of this unique community. The dune shacks are among the heritage highlights of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Originally built to provide shelter for shipwrecked sailors, the secluded shacks gradually became popular as summer homes for artists and writers, including Eugene O’Neill, Jack Kerouac, and Jackson Pollock. Dune tours depart from downtown Provincetown and range from informative 1-hour narrated trips to specialist watercolor-painting days and sunset tours culminating in a traditional New England clambake.

Weather

Provincetown’s benevolent climate

Demand for Provincetown vacation rentals is highest during the summer months, when the waters around the cape keep the heat comfortable and reduce humidity. From June through August, temperatures hover around the pleasant high-70s, bringing a much-appreciated contrast to the steaming city. Late spring and fall are popular times to skip the crowds of high summer and benefit from mid-season bargains, with October in particular retaining its warmth well into the evening. Provincetown vacation rentals with a barbecue are the perfect excuse to keep the pleasures of alfresco dining alive for as long as possible.

Natural features

Provincetown—part of a protected coast

Provincetown is incorporated within the protected environment of Cape Cod National Seashore, which encompasses wetland, woodland, and beach habitats. A network of paved cycle and walking trails opens up the possibility of exploring the scenic beauty of this unspoiled coast and catching glimpses of its native wildlife, without damaging its fragile ecosystem. Wild cranberry bogs are a special feature of the inland peninsula, while its shoreline provides a safe nesting site for many federally protected species, including the endangered piping plover and the elusive spadefoot toad.

Transport

Traveling to and around Provincetown

Fly into Provincetown, MA (PVC-Provincetown Municipal), the closest airport, located 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), which is 27 mi (43.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Provincetown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,121 vacation rentals near Provincetown. From 427 Houses to 462 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Provincetown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Provincetown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Provincetown:

  • East Dennis: 308 vacation rentals
  • East Orleans: 297 vacation rentals
  • Dennis: 255 vacation rentals
  • South Wellfleet: 906 vacation rentals
  • Sea Pines: 99 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Provincetown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Provincetown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Provincetown Town Hall: 925 vacation rentals
  • Provincetown Museum: 1,751 vacation rentals
  • Herring Cove Beach: 1,779 vacation rentals
  • Long Point Lighthouse: 2,034 vacation rentals
  • Race Point Lighthouse: 1,668 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Provincetown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Provincetown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 427 Houses in Provincetown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Provincetown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 462 rentals available
  • Cottages: 128 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 128 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Provincetown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 102 vacation rentals with pool available in Provincetown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.