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President John F Kennedy made Hyannis famous, and it's still the center of Cape Cod life. It's a good place to stay for explorations of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

by Tom Brosnahan
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Hyannis, one of the seven "villages" of the Cape Cod Town of Barnstable MA (map), gained national fame during the presidency of John F Kennedy because of his summer home in neighboring Hyannis Port.

In fact, Hyannis has been the center of Cape Cod commerce, transportation and lodging for a long time. It's the cape's largest settlement, with the greatest number of services, including commerce and, especially, hotels and transportation. Hyannis can be a good base for your explorations of the cape. More...

Getting to Hyannis

Whether you come to Cape Cod by land, sea or air, you'll probably pass through Hyannis. Barnstable Municipal Airport, known informally as Hyannis Airport (HYA), is north of the town center, not too far from the Hyannis Transportation Center (bus and train station) and the station for the Cape Cod Central Railroad excursion-train (map).

Finding Your Way Around

Main Street and South Street, parallel thoroughfares in the town center, are the centers of urban life, with lots of restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, small museums, and municipal services.

Hyannis Beaches

Hyannis's beaches are varied and good, with some within walking distance of the center, others a short drive. Plenty of hotels and inns are near, or right on, the beaches. More...

Ferries to the Islands

Some visitors to Hyannis are on their way to or from Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. Ferryboats depart Hyannis's two docks for those islands. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Hyannis, MA

Above, the Village Green off Main Street in Hyannis MA, with a statue of Iyannough, who befriended early English settlers. "Hyannis" is a variation of his name.


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