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Overcast throughout the day.
Lat41° 42' 14.16''
Lon-70° 18' 7.21''
Barnstable Harbor is situated 10 miles east of the Cape Cod Canal on the northern shore of Cape Cod it is a remote but important harbor on Cape Cod Bay. Barnstable is part of the seven-village scheme that makes up the Town of Barnstable which includes Barnstable, West Barnstable, Marstons Mills, Cotuit, Osterville, Centerville and Hyannis.
Barnstable and its villages are the hub of Cape Cod and display the beauty of this area -- especially in the summer months.
Use NOAA Chart 13251.
Barnstable is reached through a long winding passage leading off from Cape Cod Bay. The approach is first marked by a flashing red bell buoy, and is further marked with can a nun buoys, which mark the tidal shoals that are bare at low tide.
Pay close attention to Beach Point and Horseshoe Shoal as you work your way south to Barnstable proper. A town wharf and a couple of marinas with service are available inside Blish Point.
Click here to see a map of Barnstable Harbor
Barnstable was one of the earliest settlements in the Plymouth Colony. Founded by Reverend Joseph Hull, Barnstables s name comes from Barnstaple, England. Many of the early settlers found work in agriculture and fishing and Barnstable soon became an very important port for commerce. There were over 800 ships in Barnstable Harbor by the late 1800s.
Later into the 1900s Barnstable became a very popular tourist destination in the United States. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland spent their summers here as well as the entire Kennedy Family. Barnstable is home to many great restaurants, shops, and attractions that attract tourists during all months of the year.
Cape Cod Chowder Festival - All of New England’s best chowder all in one place!
Barnstable County Fair - Live music, amusement rides, games and more
Boston Pops by the Sea Concert - Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra live on the Hyannis Village Green
Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines at the Barnstable Municipal Airport services direct flights to and from Boston, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. There are other airlines with direct flights to and from Newark and New York.
Plymouth & Brockton Bus Company provides hourly, scheduled motorcoach service between Logan Airport, downtown Boston, Plymouth and throughout Cape Cod. Charter services available. There are other bus companies providing service from New York, Providence and other locations.
Full-service marine facilities are offered for pleasure craft. There is daily ferry transportation to and from Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Harbor from Hyannis Harbor, on Steamship Authority or on Hy-Line Cruises (Martha's Vineyard service is available May through October).
Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod are close-by many outdoor activities and cultural attractions for tourists to enjoy including beaches, museums, and parks.
Here are a few of our favorites nearby Barnstable Harbor:
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary - 345 Bone Hill Road
Sandy Neck Beach - 425 Sandy Neck Road
U.S. Coast Guard Museum - 3353 Main Street
Cahoon Museum of American Art - 4676 Falmouth Road
Barnstable Harbor is located in the heart of Cape Cod. One of its villages, Hyannis is home to some of the best restaurants and shopping Massachusetts has to offer.
Here are some of the best places to eat, drink, and shop nearby Barnstable Harbor:
Pain D’Avignon (Bakery & Cafe) - 15 Hinckley Road, Hyannis
Common Ground Cafe (Cafe) - 420 Main Street, Hyannis
Portside Tavern (Food & Drink) - 72 North Street, Hyannis
Naked Oyster (Fine Dining)- 410 Main Street, Hyannis
Embargo (Tapas) - 453 Main Street, Hyannis
Cape Cod Mall (Shopping) - 769 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis
Downtown (Shopping) - Main Street, Hyannis