Cape Cod in the Winter: The crowds and traffic are gone, leaving the sandy beaches wide open. The tall eel grass has turned yellow and blows in the wind. The temperature is often a bit warmer than that on the mainland due to the surrounding gulf stream waters.
Below are some photos of places on the cape including Nauset, Chatham, Monomoy Island and Sandy Neck taken during the course of the winter. Chatham’s Lighthouse has a bright and highly visible lens and located at the southeastern side of the town off Main Street. Further south, at the end of Tisquantum Road is the mainland-accessible portion of the Monomoy National Wildlife Area. This area contains some walking trails overlooking Monomoy Island to the south. Finally, Sandy Neck is a long stretch of dunes located on the north side of the town of Barnstable, on the Cape Cod Bay side. It has a large parking lot and its accessible off Route 6A.
Chatham Light up close:
Chatham dunes looking East:
Scrub pine on Chatham dunes:
Distant view of Monomoy Island:
Monomoy through the birch trees:
Chatham Light station:
Sandy neck in Barnstable:
The dunes of Sandy Neck:
A distant view of Scusset Beach, Cape Cod Power Station and the Sagamore Bridge from Sandy Neck in Barnstable:
Sandy neck lighthouse in Barnstable (note holiday decor):
Nauset Light flashing red:
Highland light in North Truro: