Hotel at a Glance: Riviera Beach Resort
Overlooking the Nantucket Sound from Cape Cod's southern shoreline, Riviera Beach Resort offers a relaxing oceanside getaway. Stroll the private beach, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or play a round of golf. Beginning in June, the resort hosts a variety of weekly activities, from bonfires to hermit crab races.
- Optional spa package: Choose the optional spa package and you'll be treated to a rejuvenating facial or a neck, back, or shoulder massage at The Otis Cole Day Spa.
- New England seafood: Dig into fish tacos and clam chowder at one of the resort's onsite restaurants.
- Sand and sunset: Head to the private beach to watch the sun set over Nantucket Sound.
- Cool pool: The resort's outdoor pool features zero-depth entry, a swim-through tunnel, fountains, and a giant mushroom waterfall.
- Tee-off at the nearby Blue Rock Golf Course, an award-winning par 3 course located at the resort's sister property.
- Kids Klub: Little ones can stay busy with activities such as beach games and arts and crafts.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Historic Towns and Miles of Protected Beaches
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod blossomed into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula, located 60 miles south of Boston, encompasses 15 idyllic towns, rolling dunes, and 300 miles of sandy shoreline—and it’s still the place where many East Coasters choose to spend their leisurely summer days. Popular attractions include fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint stores, and bicycle trails, such as the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
On the uppermost tip of the Cape, the free-spirited art colony of Provincetown attracts visitors year-round. This is one of the best places to head for a vibrant nightlife scene—there are cabarets, bars, and lounges aplenty. Pop into the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to check out local artwork, both historical and contemporary.
Along the Lower, or Outer, Cape, the 44,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore stretches from Orleans to Provincetown and features six swimming beaches, wild cranberry bogs, and miles of walking and biking trails. In Eastham, be sure to check out the Nauset Lighthouse, which has overlooked the Atlantic and helped guide vacationing British fish to shore since 1838. This coastal region is also known for whale watching; between April and November, tour boats take passengers out to sea to catch glimpses of humpback and minke whales.