With a lively Main Street, restaurants and beaches (Upper Cape)

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Falmouth is the Cape’s second largest town with more shoreline than any others.

Falmouth has 14 harbors, 12 miles of public beaches, and more than 30 ponds. Saltwater inlets reach deep into the southern coastline, like fjords — only without the mountains. Buzzards Bay laps at the western shores of quiet North and West Falmouth and bustling Woods Hole.

Falmouth’s eight distinctive villages differ widely in character. Quiet, restful lanes and residents who keep to themselves characterize Sippewissett and both North and West Falmouth. The West Falmouth Harbor (off wooded, scenic Route 28A) is tranquil and placid, particularly at sunset.

Although Falmouth Heights is known for its opulent, turn-of-the-20th-century shingled houses on Vineyard Sound, its beach is a popular gathering spot for 20somethings — playing volleyball, sunbathing, flying kites, and enjoying the relatively warm water and seaside condos that line Grand Avenue and Menauhant Road.

Main Street, with plentiful shops and eateries, is busy year-round. And the village common, picture-perfect with historic houses (converted to beautiful bed & breakfasts) encircling the tidy green space, is well worth a stroll.

Falmouth’s Inner Harbor is awash with restaurants, boatyards, a colorful marina, and moderate nightlife. Two passenger ferries to Martha’s Vineyard operate from here.

Points of Interest in Town

Ashumet Holly Sanctuary
Barnstable County Fair
Beebe Woods
Captain’s Manor Inn
Chapoquoit GrillClam Shack
Coffee ObsessionCollege Light Opera
Eight Cousins Children’s Bookstore
Falmouth Museums on the Green
Falmouth Road Race
Falmouth’s Main Street
Glass Onion
Highfield Hall
Holiday Cycles
Inn on the Sound
Liam Maguire’s
Old Silver Beach
Shining Sea Bike Path
Siena Italian Bar and Grill

If you’ve fallen in love with the Cape and want to take a deeper dive with exploring, my Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer’s Guide has been the region’s travel bible since it was first published in 1995.

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