Destination guide

Orleans: A great American beach town

Home to ocean breezes and good vibrations, Orleans is the heart of Cape Cod. Popularly known as one of the great American beach towns, it’s top of the list for any vacationer looking to soak up some sun. Orleans vacation rentals range from idyllic secluded lake houses to waterfront beach houses on Pleasant Bay, an area of incredible natural beauty with a name that’s surely the understatement of the year. So, whether you’re looking for walking trails or a wealth of culture, dip your toes in the Atlantic for an unforgettable vacation.

Things to do

Seal the deal with an Orleans boat tour

You’re sure to squeal with delight on a Blue Claw Boat Tour, which offers a very special Cape Cod Seal Watch Adventure Cruise, bringing you up close and personal with the area’s most majestic creatures, as well as providing stunning views of the Cape’s small islands and lighthouses birds. Prefer to stay on terra firma? The Hog Island Beer Company is a Cape Cod institution: a local brewery and tasting bar with live entertainment, it’s named after the isle where Captain Kidd is said to have buried his treasure.


Surfin’ USA on Nauset Beach, Orleans

Pleasant Bay may be beach central, but that doesn’t mean lazing around is on the cards! Lace up your hiking boots and check out the picturesque Kent’s Point Conservation Area—especially recommended for your four-legged friends—or hop on a bike and head down the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile former railroad that runs from Dennis to Wellfleet. For natural thrillseekers, surf’s up on Nauset Beach, a 10-mile stretch of sandy Atlantic shore with a section reserved for surfers, whilst warmer waters can be found at Skaket Beach on the Cape Cod Bay.


The only Orleans for your spring break

Don’t be fooled into thinking that Cape Cod is just for the summer: although most opt for July/August stays, the spring is also a wonderful time for a getaway, with pleasantly mild temperatures and the added attraction of the Botanical Walk at the Bank Street Bog Nature Preserve down in Harwich. Why not choose one of the many Orleans vacation rentals featuring cozy family spaces as well as decks and gardens for the warmer periods? Fall remains mild well into October, long after the mainland starts feeling the chill—something well worth bearing in mind when you plan your trip.

Natural features

Natural wonders on land and sea in Orleans

Where else but Cape Cod can you find a bay—rich with flora and brimming with a whole host of fish, charming seals and marine birds, not to mention the majestic humpback whales that migrate there to feed—just a stone’s throw from an impressive 1,900-acre nature reserve, the Nickerson State Park? Orleans vacation rentals put you in the heart of Cape Cod’s nature and wildlife, where you can swim with the fishes in the tranquility of freshwater Pilgrim Lake or simply sit on the dock of Pleasant Bay and contemplate the boundless beauty of the ocean.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Orleans

Fly into Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), the closest airport, located 18 mi (28.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Provincetown, MA (PVC-Provincetown Municipal), which is 24.6 mi (39.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Orleans Town?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,204 vacation rentals near Orleans Town. From 2,490 Houses to 367 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Orleans Town for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Orleans Town?

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 Orleans Town:

  • East Orleans: 334 vacation rentals
  • South Orleans: 81 vacation rentals
  • Dennis Port: 1,134 vacation rentals
  • Hyannis: 1,238 vacation rentals
  • South Yarmouth: 1,510 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 Orleans Town?

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

  • Nauset Beach: 4,296 vacation rentals
  • Skaket Beach: 4,742 vacation rentals
  • Cape Escape Adventure Golf: 4,541 vacation rentals
  • Orleans Historical Society Meeting House Museum: 4,542 vacation rentals
  • French Cable Station Museum: 4,580 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Orleans Town 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 Orleans Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,490 Houses in Orleans Town. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Orleans Town include:

  • Cottages: 367 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 367 rentals available
  • Cabins: 367 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 Orleans Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 289 vacation rentals with pool available in Orleans Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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