Destination guide

A New England getaway to Barnstable

Got sandy beaches, lobster rolls and New England charm on your mind? Barnstable sits on the hook-shaped Cape Cod peninsula, one of America's most iconic destinations. It's made up of 7 villages, each with its own unique charms. Hyannis, also known as the "Capital of the Cape", is known for its handsome harbor, bustling main street and legacy as a summer retreat for JFK. Centerville, Osterville and Cotuit hug the sound, while Barnstable Village and West Barnstable are perched on the bay. Wherever you choose to stay, Barnstable vacation rentals promise a local experience in this slice of Cape Cod.

Things to do

Vacation like the Kennedys in Barnstable

For generations, Hyannis has served as a summer escape for the Kennedy family. Dive into presidential history at the John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, which documents the family's legacy with photographs, videos and memorabilia. Want to stay in a living slice of history? Barnstable vacation rentals unlock access to a stunning lineup of heritage properties. From oceanfront cottages in Hyannis to luxury homes in Barnstable Village, they provide an ideal setting for sunset cocktails, seafood BBQs or simply sinking into a deck chair with a good book.

Activities

Beach hopping in Barnstable

Just steps from Hyannis' Main Street, Veterans Beach lures sun seekers with soft sand, shallow water and plenty of shady picnic tables. Thanks to its south-side setting, Craigville Beach is known for its warm waters, while nearby Sandy Neck Beach offers hiking, fishing and a sweeping 6.5-mile stretch of sand. Beach parking can be a headache in the summer, so why not stay local with Barnstable vacation rentals, just steps from the sand? From sunrise yoga to sandcastle building competitions, they capture the spirit of the Cape Cod lifestyle.

Weather

Summer wedding bells in Barnstable

Cape Cod is at its best in the summer, when temperatures hover around the 70s and 80s. Crowds peak from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when the peninsula lures flocks of sun-loving families. Barnstable is also a coveted wedding destination. Planning on tying the knot in Cape Cod? With spacious living areas and elegant decor, Barnstable vacation rentals provide a dream setting for mimosa breakfasts and pre-ceremony photoshoots. While the summer atmosphere is infectious, late spring or early fall are great times to enjoy a low-key vacation in Cape Cod.

Natural features

Sandy beaches and whale tails in Barnstable

Cape Cod conjures up visions of sandy beaches, rolling dunes and rocky seascapes. Barnstable lives up to this reputation, with more than 100 miles of coastline to explore. Villages like Hyannis are also a gateway to other Cape Cod destinations, with boats departing for offshore islands, such as Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Cape Cod is consistently ranked one of America's top whale-watching destinations, so why not sign up for a cruise to the famous Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary?

How to get there

Transportation to and around Barnstable

Fly into Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Provincetown, MA (PVC-Provincetown Municipal), which is 26.2 mi (42.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Barnstable?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,946 vacation rentals near Barnstable. From 2,268 Houses to 326 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Barnstable for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Barnstable:

  • Hyannis: 1,181 vacation rentals
  • Centerville: 490 vacation rentals
  • Osterville: 300 vacation rentals
  • Hyannis Port: 128 vacation rentals
  • Cotuit: 468 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 Barnstable?

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

  • Hyannis Port Beach: 2,817 vacation rentals
  • Craigville Beach: 4,733 vacation rentals
  • Hyannis Harbor: 4,672 vacation rentals
  • Kalmus Beach: 4,630 vacation rentals
  • Barnstable Harbor: 5,022 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Barnstable 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 Barnstable?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,268 Houses in Barnstable. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Barnstable include:

  • Cottages: 326 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 326 rentals available
  • Cabins: 326 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Barnstable?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 350 vacation rentals with pool available in Barnstable. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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