Rock Harbor

Cape Cod

A favorite spot for sunset-watchers, this scenic inlet on the bay has docks and a small fishing fleet, plus a few summertime charter boats offering excursions. There's a small sandy beach, and free parking that can fill fast on a sunny day. There are some highly regarded lobster shacks in the immediate neighborhood.

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Nearby Cape Cod attractions

1. Skaket Beach

0.56 MILES

On the bay side of town, calm Skaket Beach is a magnet for families – kids love wading in the shallow waters to dig for hermit crabs. Its generous sands…

2. Left Bank Gallery


The light, the beaches and the sights of the Cape act as an artist's muse – you can see some of the inspired works of local artists at this classy gallery.

3. French Cable Station Museum

1.33 MILES

The first cable connection between Europe and the US was established in 1879 by the French Telegraph Company on a windswept bluff in Eastham. When…

4. First Encounter Beach

1.51 MILES

First Encounter Beach, where Samoset Rd meets Cape Cod Bay, is a fine place to watch the sunset. With its vast tidal flats and kid-friendly, calm, shallow…

5. Nickerson State Park

2.04 MILES

This 2000-acre oasis has eight freshwater ponds with sandy beaches ideal for swimming and boating, as well as miles of cycling and walking trails. Bring…

6. Captain Penniman House

2.56 MILES

Near Fort Hill sits the striking Captain Penniman House, an 1868 sea captain’s house topped with mansard roof and an octagonal cupola overlooking both bay…

7. Fort Hill

2.69 MILES

Don't miss the commanding view of expansive Nauset Marsh from Fort Hill. It's a favorite place to be at dawn, but the view is memorable any time of the…

8. Eastham Windmill

2.71 MILES

Eastham’s landmark windmill is the oldest structure in town, although it was actually built in Plymouth (MA) in 1680. It sits in a pretty park by the side…