Osterville, Barnstable, MA, USA

Osterville, Barnstable, MA, USA

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Osterville offers a relaxed Cape Cod experience

A coastal village on the southern shores of Barnstable, Osterville offers a relaxed setting for any getaway to the Cape Cod region. Although the town is primarily residential, visitors find appeal in its charming main street, exclusive shopping and, of course, the obligatory inlets and harbors, ideal for those hoping to indulge in a spot of fishing or boating. Alongside these highlights, Osterville vacation rentals offer easy access to area attractions such as Centerville's Craigville Beach and the stunning Cape Cod National Seashore, making the village the perfect destination whether staying with family, friends or both.

Downtime in Osterville

The village's pretty Main Street is a must-visit during any stay in an Osterville vacation rental, and one where you can spend an idyllic morning stocking up on everything from Cape Cod fashions to kitsch handmade lighthouses for your home. If you've got kids in tow, it's worth checking out the nearby Osterville Village Library, popular thanks to its lively calendar of events for young readers. Otherwise, swing by one of Main Street's cafes for a spot of lunch. The option to enjoy a picnic beside the lily pond at Armstrong-Kelley Park makes getting lunch to go a fine idea indeed.

Cultural attractions near Osterville

If a culture fix is on the agenda, nearby Hyannis serves up the chance to visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and the Kennedy Compound, a 6-acre waterfront site that served as a summer residence for one of the country's most beloved presidents. While it's not possible to look inside the site's 3 homes, you can get a good look at the compound from the beach. For those more interested in art, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis features a varied exhibition schedule. Time your visit to coincide with ARTfull Thursdays, a weekly event offering gallery talks and free admission.

Blissful summers in Osterville

The population of Osterville swells during the summer months of July and August when vacationers and 2nd-homers alike are drawn to the area by the seemingly endless sunny days. The popularity of the summer months means it's worth booking your preferred Osterville vacation rental well in advance to avoid disappointment. If fewer crowds are more your style, May, June, September and October, the so-called shoulder season months, can be a good bet. Winter getaways see rental rates at their lowest, but the temperature isn't all that great, leaving topping up your tan largely out of the question.

Day trips from Osterville

There are few places in the world more scenic than the Cape Cod region, especially over the summer when pristine beaches and clear blue skies are typically the order of the day. See the region at its best by taking a road trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 40-mile stretch of broad sandy beaches and wild cranberry bogs. If you have time to spare, Hyannis Harbor offers ferry rides to both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the latter the larger of the 2 islands and a great place to cycle through quintessential harbor towns and lush farmland.