About North Shore Massachusetts - Cape Ann

Cape Ann, Massachusetts

This rocky cape in Northeastern Massachusetts lies around 30 miles northeast of the city of Boston. Home to the historic port of Gloucester and pretty towns and villages including Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea, you’re sure to find your perfect seaside vacation property in Cape Ann with FlipKey.

About Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Cape Ann has a rich history, and Gloucester is one of the oldest towns in New England, founded in 1623. The town’s economy has relied on fishing for over 400 years, and wherever you go on the Cape, you’ll see fishing boats and creels – the seafood here is as fresh as it comes!

With its gorgeous, white sandy beaches, watersports, fishing and whale watching, a vacation on Cape Ann has something to offer everyone, from families to couples looking for a romantic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Boston.

While you’re here, don’t miss out on a trip to Essex, the Home of the Fried Clam. Dipped in milk and flour, deep-fried and served with tartar sauce, these are a local specialty you simply have to try!

What to do in Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Spend your days relaxing on one of Cape Ann’s beautiful beaches. The soft white sands of Good Harbor ensure it’s a popular choice, whilst Front Beach (Rockport) is great for swimming and Singing Beach (Manchester-by-the-Sea) is a hidden gem!

Explore the historic town of Gloucester, home to America’s oldest seaport. Take a self-guided tour of the Gloucester Harbor Walk with its 42 story markers highlighting local history and culture, or visit one of the five lighthouses dotted along the coastline.

Visit the Shipbuilding Museum in Essex for a fascinating insight into the shipbuilding industry that once put this town on the map, or shop for antiques in the town center. Or head for Manchester-by-the-Sea, when the Festival by the Sea takes place every July. This colorful celebration of local art, culture, music and food is fun for the whole family.

Top travel tips for Cape Ann

If you’re flying to Cape Ann, the nearest airport is Boston Logan International, just 42 miles from the center of Gloucester.

Come in the summer months if you want to enjoy whale watching tours. Cape Ann is located midway between two whale feeding grounds where you can also spot dolphins and sea birds.

With average temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August, summer is the best time to visit, although spring in Cape Ann is also quite warm and sunny.

With white sandy beaches, a rich seafaring history and some of the freshest seafood around, a vacation to Cape Ann can be a relaxing or activity-packed as you want it to be. Why not browse FlipKey’s range of vacation rentals for your perfect property in Rockport, Gloucester or Essex today?