Roll the windows down as you turn onto the Route 3 dual-lane highway and breathe in the fresh New England air as you make your way to Hyannis. Located just 15 miles over the Sagamore Bridge, Hyannis is easy to get to and one of the more developed towns on Cape Cod. As the commercial and transportation hub of the Cape, Hyannis boasts more restaurants, shops, commercial shopping centers and homes than its surrounding villages in Barnstable County. Flights to Hyannis can be booked on charter flights from Boston or via private flights into Hyannis Airport, but most tourists booking Hyannis vacations choose to drive from Boston to Hyannis.
Hyannis is made up of two regions – downtown and the bay area. The downtown area is flanked with commercial shopping centers and green parks lined with bike paths. The bay area, which includes Hyannis pier and ferry terminal, is the central area for commuters looking to visit Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. While Hyannis is mostly modernized and doesn’t quite exude the quintessential Cape Cod aura, it is one of the best places to stay when you’re vacationing in Cape Cod because of its proximity to other towns and villages along the Cape. Take time on your Hyannis vacation to explore other areas in the Cape including Chatham, Yarmouth and Provincetown. Hop a ferry from Hyannis and spend a day on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.
Massachusetts experiences cold winters and warm summers, with degrees of variation on Cape Cod and the islands. July through August are usually warm with temperatures hitting 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and this is when most travelers vacation in Hyannis. Fall and winter is the off-season on Cape Cod but when most Hyannis hotels and charter flights are discounted. Winter weather brings many storms and snow and temperatures can get as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Summer on Cape Cod is the peak season and when Cape towns are packed with seasonal tourists and residents. If you’re planning a Hyannis vacation in the summer time, book flights and Hyannis hotels months in advance to ensure your reservation. Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are the opening and closing of the Cape season and when the islands are packed with people. July 4th is also a popular time in Hyannis.
For a cheap Cape Cod vacation, book flights and hotels during the fall and winter months. The weather is cooler, but the area is calmer. Witness the beautiful fall foliage from September to November or cuddle up by the fire in a Hyannis bed and breakfast during a winter snowstorm.
You’ll need a car to get around Hyannis and its surrounding areas. Most people fly into Boston and then drive to Cape Cod. If you reserve a car when you book your cheap flight to Hyannis, you may be able to take advantage of a package deal and save some money. When you’re picking up your car from the airport, ask your rental agent for a map of Cape Cod. You can also fly into Hyannis via local charter planes and private planes. If you don’t want to make the drive to the Cape, book a flight from Boston Logan International Airport to Hyannis Airport. You’ll want to reserve a taxi to get you to your Hyannis accommodations.