And the world agrees! Take a look at what people are saying about Orleans.
An Award-Winning Destination
Orleans is an incredible destination for arts and culture, history, sports, recreation and fun in the sun – including our beautiful beaches.
USA Today: Best Massachusetts Beach
Nauset Beach: 2018 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.
Coastal Living Magazine: Runner Up - 2017 America's Happiest Seaside Town
“With 54 miles of coastline, this charming New England town bridges the upper arm of Cape Cod to capture Atlantic Ocean wilds to the east and Cape Cod Bay serenity to the west. In the summer, Orleans hums with its own Cape Cod Baseball League team, more than a dozen art galleries and a resident live theatre, and a rich and ample variety of restaurants. Whether strolling its historic cottage-lined streets or paddling its freshwater lakes, life is active, rich, and varied in this corner of the country.”
National Geographic Traveler: One of the Seven Great American Beach Towns
Posted by Intelligent Travel in Beyond the Guidebook on June 13, 2014
“Orleans isn’t the quaintest town on the cape, nor the largest or most renowned. It doesn’t have Chatham‘s trinket shops or Truro‘s lighthouse, can’t boast of an art community like Provincetown‘s or oysters like Wellfleet‘s. Yet it remains my favorite.
Set just above the crook of the arm of the peninsula, it’s far enough out to discourage day-trippers but on the easy side of the long, traffic-clogged slog up Route 6 to the outer cape. It’s a real place, not a stage set. It has full-size supermarkets, which encourages residents to remain when the summer ends. That means restaurants stay open. And if you need a lock repaired or your hair cut or a picket fence built, Orleans is where you’ll get it.”
TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence - Skaket Beach
#1 of 45 things to do in Orleans
TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence - Nauset Beach
#2 of 45 things to do in Orleans
Yankee Magazine: The 25 Best Beach Towns in New England
“Spend the morning on Nauset Beach’s exquisite length of dune-studded coastline along Cape Cod National Seashore, the afternoon biking in the shade of the Cape Cod Rail Trail north past the ponds of Eastham, and the early evening watching a Cape Cod Baseball League game, with many players who’ll soon find their way to the Major Leagues. Long-time lovers of Cape towns are accustomed to summer traffic. Don’t miss: An affordable night’s stay at the Ship’s Knees Inn in East Orleans, the nearest lodging to Nauset Beach.”
Family Vacation Critic: Skaket Beach - Best Kid Friendly Beaches in Cape Cod
“Skaket is one of the best kid-friendly beaches in Cape Cod. The beach itself is very clean, and perfect for walks, sandcastle building, tossing around a frisbee or football, or just laying out a beach towel and lazily lounging around.
The water is beautiful and never exceeds a depth of 4 or 5 feet, which is excellent for anyone who needs to keep a watchful eye on their youngsters.”