Cape Cod has long been a favorite boating destination, and with good reason: with over 500 miles of shoreline and an active boatbuilding and maritime heritage stretching back centuries, the Cape’s reputation is well earned.
From charter fishing to kayaking to boat rentals and excursions, you’ll discover another world with water under the hull around the Cape. A highlight of the local boating scene is the annual Figawi Race on Memorial Day Weekend that draws hundreds of boats and thousands of sailors racing to Nantucket and back.
Local tip: The far end of Kalmus Beach in Hyannis is the best place to watch the fleet depart on Saturday morning, starting at about 8 a.m.
Bring a Boat
Did you know that two of our resorts, Green Harbor and Red Jacket Beach, offer boat parking if you travel with your own vessel? Several town-run launch ramps are available in Yarmouth and are either free or charge a small fee for ocean or lake access, with Bass River Beach ramp close to our South Shore Drive properties. Popular day trips from Yarmouth include Lewis Bay (with a stop at Baxter’s Boathouse for lunch) or a leisurely jog up the coast toward Chatham.
Rent a Boat
Several local outfitters rent power boats by the half day or full day, and paddle craft rentals are also available either on site or for pickup if you’d like to explore on your own.
- Cape Cod Power Boat Rentals – 16 - 24 ft. power boats
- Cape Cod Waterways – paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats
- Bass River Kayak & Paddle Boards - kayaks, paddle boards
On-site rentals: Green Harbor has its on row boats and canoes on-site for no extra cost! If you're staying at one of the other Red Jacket Resorts on Cape Cod and are interested in using the boats at Green Harbor, give the resort a call to make sure they're available before heading over.
Hop on Someone Else's Boat
Monomoy Island Ferry gets you up close to the wildlife with seal cruises and South Monomoy island charter trips.
Lobster Roll Cruises are a local favorite: experience a beautiful Cape Cod Bay sunset while enjoying casual dining and a cocktail aboard this vessel out of Sesuit Harbor in Dennis.