Welcome to The Outer Cape!
The Outer Cape is a unique place to live, just ask anyone who calls it home or their place to escape to in the summer. Here are some useful information and links about this great area. The staff at Claire Carroll Properties is knowledgable about the Outer Cape because we live and work here - feel free to ask us about things to do, places to see as well as dining and special local events.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for even more useful links to area resources, dining, retailers, and more!


While most everyone comes to the Outer Cape for its pristine beaches and to find solitude, there is much more to discover and enjoy during your vacation here. From Wellfleet to Provincetown, from Cape Cod Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, this land is dominated by the Cape Cod National Seashore. These three towns are rich in tradition and in history.

Wellfleet boasts the only town clock in the world that still rings on ship's time
. Wellfleet, called the art-gallery town, is one of the nicest towns on Cape Cod. The very strollable Main Street is lined with intriguing shops in historic buildings. Commercial Street, which leads to the harbor, has the art galleries, filled with work by mainly local artists inspired by this region. Wellfleet was for years one of the premier fishing villages on Cape Cod, and it still has a bustling and picturesque harbor. There are also freshwater ponds and National Seashore beaches; some of Cape Cod's finest swimming holes and most spectacular beaches line the coast of Wellfleet. Don't miss the annual Wellfleet OysterFest which generally takes place the weekend after Columbus Day in the town's center. This two-day street party celebrates the town's famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions and brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun. Some photos from the 2008 OysterFest are below.

Oysterfest Collage

Truro is the town where whaling first was discovered. Tiny Truro is the least developed of the Cape's towns; it has the smallest population and the highest proportion of acreage reserved for the National Seashore. The center of town is one of those blink-and-you-miss-it affairs, though the fact that Truro has four libraries should tell you something about its residents.

Provincetown can claim the spot where the Pilgrims first landed and its the first art colony in America. Provincetown is a former Portuguese fishing village turned into an internationally famous art and gay colony with a flamboyant nightlife. The main drag (so to speak) is Commercial Street, with the best shopping around. Families come for the strolling, museums, and whale-watching; bon vivants for the restaurants, cafes, and entertainment. And the beaches? Seemingly endless.

Map of The Outer Cape

Outdoor Activities: You name it, these three towns have it. Kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, cycling, tennis, and golf. Spend a day riding the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Why not try a pedicab ride in P-town? Visit PtownPedicabs for this unusual and fun experience! How about surfing and kiteboarding? Try Little Overhead Surf Shop or Sick Day Surf Shop for the deals, gear, lessons and surf information on the Outer Cape. There's always CYCC too! Click HERE for a printable map using Adobe Acrobat's free Reader (free download available - just click on the icon below).
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Arts & Theaters: If you would like to further your desire to learn a new craft there is the Provincetown Fine Works Art Center, the Castle Hill Arts Center in Truro, and the renowned Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Seasonal and permanent art shows, local and internationally known artists and galleries, live music and cultural exhibits are integral part of this area. The watercolor image used above in the Claire Carroll Properties logo is an original by Traci Harmon, Harmon Studio Galleries, Wellfleet. See her work at www.harmonstudios.com.

Sunrise at WhiteCrest Beach, Wellfleet (courtesy Wellfleet Beachcomber)

Dining: There is a vast array of dining options from putting together your own meals from local farmers markets and fresh seafood markets, to four star dining establishments. Enjoy the food the Outer Cape has to offer.

Interested in yoga? Try Yoga With Zack at Quiet Mind Studio on Commercial Street.

Beaches: Located here are some of the World's very best with miles of white sand and rolling surf. From Lecount Hollow in Wellfleet to Race Point in Provincetown, there are many miles of protected National Seashore coastline to enjoy. All three towns offer stunning Ocean and Bay beaches as well as several fresh water ponds.

There is so much to do, see, and learn about here on the Cape's Outer reaches. Come see us and eat Wellfleet's famous oysters, bike along Truro's scenic back roads, and visit Provincetown's many arts and fine crafts galleries.

Enjoy spectacular, uninterrupted sunrises on the the Atlantic Ocean side and some of the most incredible sunsets that you've ever witnessed across the expanse of Cape Cod Bay.


Wellfleet Harbor

Cape Cod Vacation Resources
This section is continuously updated - please check back often.

Things To Do:

Cape Cod Baseball
Local Golf Courses
Portuguese Princess Whalewatch
Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown Whale Watch
The Wellfleet Beachcomber
Ptown Pedicabs
Lobster Roll Cruises

Cape Cod Rainy Day
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod
Cape Mariner Excursions/Naviator
Arnold's Adventure Golf & Ice Cream
Wellfleet Drive-in, Mini-Golf, Flea Market & Cinemas
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) & WHAT For Kids
The Wellfleet Recreation Department
Wellfleet Oyster Fest (October)

Natural Resources:

Surf Report & Weather (below)
Tide Charts
Cape Cod National Seashore
Wellfleet Bay Mass Audubon Sanctuary

Biking & Hiking:

Cape Cod Rail Trail
Nauset Trail
Head of the Meadow Trail in Truro

Province Lands Bicycle Trail in Provincetown
Idle Times Bike Shop, Inc,
Little Capistrano Bike Shop
Great Island Trail-Wellfleet
Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail
Town of Wellfleet - Box Turtle Conservation Area
Town of Wellfleet - Fox Island Conservation Area
Fort Hill Trail
Pilgrim Heights Area
Cranberry Bog Trail


The Wellfleet Beachcomber
Mac's Seafood & Mac's Shack
Laura & Tony's Kitchen
The Black Fish Bistro
Finely JP's Restaurant
Edible Cape Cod
Ross's Grill
Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar
The Bookstore & Restaurant
Duck Creeke Tavern/Sweet Seasons
The Juice Restarant
Wellfleet Town Pizza
Moby Dick's Restaurant
PJ's Family Restaurant
The Whitman House
The Wicked Oyster
Winslow's Tavern

Chambers of Commerce:

Eastham Chamber of Commerce
Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce
Truro Chamber of Commerce
Provincetown Chamber of Commerce


Where To Stay In Wellfleet
The Beachcomber Cottages

Blue Dolphin Inn
Ev'nTide Resort Motel
Horizon's Beach Resort
Mainstay Motor Inn
Southfleet Motor Inn
Truro Motor Inn
Viking Shores Motor Lodge
Wellfleet Motel & Lodge
B&B of Wellfleet Woods


The Green Concierges
The Flex Route - Public Transportation
The Steamship Authority
Hy-line Cruises
Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Bonanza Bus Lines
Traffic Report on the Bridges
New England Travel Planner
Barnstable Municipal Airport
TF Green (Providence) Airport
Logan International Airport (Massport)
Provincetown Airport/Cape Air
Boston-Ptown Fast Ferry
Sagamore Bridge Live Web Cam

Markets & Shopping:

Hatch's Fish Market
Wellfleet Markets & Groceries
Truro Services & Retail
Mac's Seafood & Mac's Shack

Newspapers & Media:

Cape Cod Times
Provincetown Banner
Wicked Local News (Eastham)
Wicked Local News (Wellfleet)
Wicked Local News (Truro)
Cape Cod Today
The Cape Cod Voice
Cape & Islands NPR Station

Ballston Beach, Truro