Barnstable is the Cape’s largest town and second oldest. It is the seat of Barnstable County, which encompasses the entire Cape.
Hyannis is Barnstable’s largest village, and the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod, welcoming planes, trains, buses and island ferries. Hyannis is alive with a thriving downtown area lined with shops, galleries, fine restaurants, nightspots and entertainment centers. From the inspiring JFK Memorial to the lively waterfront on Lewis Bay, Hyannis is the unofficial “heart” of the Cape. Along Routes 132 and 28, retail shops abound - from clothing and furniture outlets to Cape Cod Mall, which houses many name-brand stores.
Hyannisport is renowned as the summer home of the Kennedy clan. Along Barnstable’s southerly coast are the villages of Cotuit, Osterville and Centerville – with handsome homes and beautiful Nantucket Sound beaches. To the north are Marstons Mills, West Barnstable and Barnstable Village, bucolic spots that are reminiscent of horse-and-buggy days. Vast marshes, stone walls and glimpses of Cape Cod Bay provide reminders of the Cape’s distinctive geography.
Find more information on Barnstable through the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce.
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