The natural beauty of Cape Cod has never been more famous than it is today. Thanks to social media, photos ops of our unique landscapes and lifestyle are shared by the thousands every week, and the Cape Cod hashtag is nearing two million posts on the photo sharing app, Instagram. Whether you are a professional photographer or just an enthusiastic shutterbug, Yarmouth has some wonderful locations to capture and share with the world. Here are some of our favorites.
#1 Gray’s Beach Boardwalk and Bass Hole // Yarmouth Port
One of the most popular spots on Cape Cod, as evidenced by the nightly Instagram sunset chasers and serenity seekers, is the Gray’s Beach Boardwalk in Yarmouth Port. Whether it’s pastel skies in the dead of winter or a golden autumn evening, there are always great captures to be had, and they never disappoint. The boardwalk stretches out over the Center Street Marsh, and points to the setting sun like an arrow between ethereal views of Chapin Beach in Dennis to the east, and the iconic Sandy Neck in Barnstable to the west. This location has nostalgic significance for those of us who have spent summers boating, fishing, catching blue crab and minnows at Bass Hole. Now, with the installation of memorial benches, and a shared “kindness rock” garden, new generations will continue to mark it as a top spot to visit on Cape Cod.
Photo Op Pro Tip: Check the tidal chart. You’ll get a variety of scenes depending on the tide.
#2 Judah Baker Windmill on Bass River // South Yarmouth
Overlooking Bass River, the Judah Baker Windmill at Windmill Beach, is a favorite spot for locals to take a lunch break or enjoy a few moments by the sea. The windmill is a replica of the original 1791 design, and was rebuilt in 1973. Historical significance aside, this is a simple, pleasant scene, that is quintessential Cape Cod.
Photo Op Pro Tip: Take the time to step down to the beach for some lovely Bass River views.
#3 Bass River Beach // Bass River & Nantucket Sound // South Yarmouth
If you like taking photos and video with action, Bass River Beach is your spot. Located at the mouth of Bass River, you’re sure to see boating, fishing, kites and seaside merriment during the summer months. In recent years, it has been home to the signature sand sculptures on Yarmouth’s sand sculpture trail. Bass River Beach is also home to a Veterans Memorial, fishing deck and jetty. The fishing deck looks out towards West Dennis Beach, which is frequented by kitesurfers and jet skiers.
Photo Op Pro Tip: Bring your long lens for a variety of shots.
#4 Crab Creek Conservation Area // Mill Pond // South Yarmouth
Off the beaten path between South Yarmouth and north Dennis, you’ll find the Crab Creek Conservation area. Resting between Mill Pond and Follins Pond, Crab Creek lives up to its name, as a favorite spot for locals to catch blue crab. It’s also a beautiful spot for shutterbugs to capture reflections, especially when the fall foliage is showing off the bright reds and yellows common in a wetland setting. Surrounded by conservation land, and bordered by cranberry bogs, Crab Creek is a great spot for exploring and nature photography. MAP/GUIDE.
Photo Op ProTip: As with any excursion off the beaten path on Cape Cod, watch out for poison ivy and ticks. Wear appropriate clothing and tick repellent.
#5 Mill Creek Park & Stone Brook Park // West Yarmouth
In recent years, Yarmouth residents have taken steps to purchase available open space for the enjoyment of locals and visitors, and some of those areas are open and ready for their close up! In West Yarmouth, you’ll find Stone Brook Park and Mill Creek Park, both easily accessible parks that overlook the inlet leading out to Colonial Acres Beach and beyond to Lewis Bay. These parks are right off of Rt. 28, and have small parking and picnic areas.
Photo Op Pro Tip: These two parks are so close to each other, you can park at one and walk to the other.