Travel Nursing Assignments: Live Like A Local – Cape Cod!

Welcome to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

You might know Cape Cod as a sought-after summertime vacation spot – its beautiful beaches, seafood shacks and picturesque villages attract a great number of tourists, and the popular destinations of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket make up some of Cape Cod’s most prosperous islands. However, The Cape is also a wonderful place to live and work due to it’s breathtaking surroundings, lively culture, amazing food and drink, and boutique shops.

Around the City

As well as seafood, Cape Cod is famous for its lighthouses (of which Highland Light, Nauset Lighthouse, Race Point Lighthouse are among the most stunning), many of which offer inside tours – they’re worth the climb for the views alone!

Nauset Light - Credit Paul Scharff Nauset Light – Credit Paul Scharff

In addition to a wealth of beaches on which to relax, Cape Cod has many historical and cultural places of interest, including: the Provincetown Art Association and Museum; Heritage Museums and Gardens (with walking trails, gardens and exhibits); Nickerson State Park; the Pilgrim Monument (which commemorates the Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in November 1620 and the signing of the Mayflower Compact); and Monomoy National Wildlife Reserve.

For avid shoppers, Commercial Street is the place to go – it is replete with independent stores, plus art galleries and restaurants for cultural or foodie stops along the way.

Commercial Street

Even though there’s enough to do on the islands, and once you’re there you’ll never want to leave, The Cape is well-positioned for spontaneous day trips. Major cities like Boston, MA, and Providence, RI, are all less than 2 hours’ drive away, and New Haven, CT, is less than 3 hours away.


For water-based activities, Cape Cod is great during whale watching season, which is popular with both residents and tourists. The season begins mid-April and lasts all the way until late October. Cape Cod Canal offers waterside biking, walking, fishing, boating (and boat-watching), plus camping and hiking. For families, Water Wizz – Cape Cod’s waterpark – is a bundle of laughs!


On summer evenings, there are regular concerts sponsored by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, in areas such as Falmouth, Mashpee, Hyannis, Dennis Port, South Yarmouth, Harwich, Chatham, and Orleans.

Cape Cod also as its own baseball league which runs during the summer months, for those interested in spotting the next American MLB talent!

Food and Drink

There’s no need to say here that Cape Cod has an abundance of amazing seafood, with their oysters, clams and lobster being the most popular, and therefore there is no shortage of fantastic restaurants serving up the freshest ocean fare. For something different though, locals recommend The Bog Pub for great comfort food, wine and craft beers, and their Saturday live music nights.

The Bog Pub

Spindler’s is also a popular haunt, with its classic New England menu and outstanding cocktail list. For something more upmarket, head to The Ocean House Restaurant, for seasonal Pan-Asian food and sensational ocean views through their wall-to-wall windows.


For the wine drinkers, Cape Cod Winery, Plymouth Bay Winery and First Crush Winery all offer wine tastings and make for a great day out.

The Cape also has no shortage of breweries – Cape Cod Beer, Devil’s Purse Brewing, and Hog Island Beer Co. are just some of the breweries and taprooms you can visit for a tasty local craft beer.

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