The best Airbnbs in Cape Cod

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  • As states begin reopening following lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus, many summer travelers are looking for beach escapes within driving distance.
  • For East Coasters, Cape Cod is an appealing coastal getaway just one hour from Boston and four hours from New York.
  • Private vacation home rentals such as Airbnb allows vacationers to more easily practice social distancing than at crowded hotels, with new cleaning policies in place at many homes listed.
  • We found highly rating listings across the Cape that range from $79 to $500 per night, with many options coming in under $200.

As states begin phased reopenings this summer, many travelers are seeking getaways within driving distance to soak up sunshine, feel a cool ocean breeze, and spend some time with their toes in golden sands. For many East Coasters, that makes Cape Cod an appealing destination.

The Cape is just an hour away from Boston and only about a four-hour drive from New York. With over 500 miles of coastline, the Cape offers a wide range of towns to suit travelers' needs. 

Those closest to Boston, like Falmouth and Sandwich, offer shorter travel times, which can mean more beach time (and less traffic, a Cape signature in summer). Towns like Dennis, Yarmouth, and Chatham are well-situated in the middle of the Cape to easily access all the area has to offer and are closest to the downtown area of lively Hyannis, where you may catch a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard. Meanwhile, the far tip (or Outer-Cape) is where you'll find the legendary party scene of Provincetown, as well as more secluded areas like Wellfleet and Eastham. While it takes longer to access the Outer-Cape, that's also where you'll find some of the best beaches. 

With alluring nature, stunning scenery, and tasty seafood, Cape Cod is also an excellent destination beyond just the busy summer season, too. For fewer crowds and better deals, consider shoulder seasons like fall when the nightly average for an Airbnb home rental is $282. In the summer, that quickly jumps into the $300 to $400 range for a modern, well-located home.

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With safety at the forefront for most travelers right now, it's nice to know that experts consider renting an Airbnb to be one of the safer options. Airbnb homes are mostly private accommodations, which lowers the potential risks associated with crowded hotel spaces, and many offer contactless entry when you arrive.

To better help put you at ease, some Airbnb hosts are also implementing stringent new cleaning measures. Airbnb Enhanced Clean was developed with the assistance of medical and hospitality experts and includes upgraded cleaning standards with a 5-step cleaning process, a room by room checklist, and more. Keep in mind that not all hosts are taking part in the new program, so be sure to check at the top of a listing to see if it's participating.

It's also important to note that without a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, there is no guarantee of safety. We recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations safety guidelines, and to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and maintain social distancing.

Keep in mind before booking any Airbnbs that the company's current COVID-19 cancellation policy doesn't cover new bookings, so if you're unsure about your travel plans you may want to look for a listing with its own flexible policy. It's also worth checking for properties across multiple booking platforms to ensure you're getting the best deal. 

We sorted through hundreds of Airbnb listings and carefully selected a range of homes throughout the area based on the following criteria:

  1. All listings are in private homes, cottages, or stand-alone apartments (no shared bathrooms or awkward common spaces). 
  2. All are highly rated having earned an overall score of at least a 4.5 out of 5. 
  3. Properties offer a range of price points for everyone from solo travelers to multi-gen family groups, and range from $79 to $500 per night to start.
  4. All properties have amenities that set them apart, whether it's the impeccable decor, stunning waterfront views, or access to private beaches right out the door. 

These are the best Airbnbs in Cape Cod, sorted by price from low to high. 

Beach studio with pool and hot tub access in Provincetown, $79

Book this studio starting at $79 per night

Located in P'Town, as the locals call it, the best part of this cozy studio is its views. Enjoy panoramic scenes of the Long Point Lighthouse and the harbor. Extra lucky guests might even spot dolphins and whales. While best suited to couples and solo travelers (it's just 310 square feet) this home can sleep up to four guests if you're willing to squeeze and use the Murphy bed and couch.  

This studio is located within a resort complex, so guests have free access to a private beach, outdoor pool, and tennis courts. There are also two barbecue areas for guest use, though you'll have to bring your own charcoal, and you should confirm with the host to ensure facilities are open during the pandemic.

With such an excellent price, it's no surprise that this listing currently has no availability until the fall, but availability is subject to change. 

Rating: 4.53

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The host notes that "rigid cleaning and sanitizing methods are being used, including using a sanitizing mister before check-in." The indoor pool is open as of July 6 and the hot tub will open July 26.

Cozy apartment in Yarmouth, $135

Book this apartment starting at $135 per night

Central to plenty of restaurants, boutiques, beaches, and the Cape Cod Rail trail, this one-bedroom apartment is a cozy option for couples and solo adventurers since the maximum occupancy is two people. Colorful pops of green and turquoise create a lively atmosphere without becoming overbearing. 

The owner's home is on the same property, but this guesthouse apartment is separate and accessible via a stone walkway through an elegant garden in the backyard. It also comes with a private patio separate from the main house. Beach chairs, beach towels, coolers, beach umbrellas, and beach bags are all supplied free for guests. The property is also right across from a golf course and golf clubs and bags are also available for guest use.

This property has just a couple of days left in August and September. You can already make bookings for summer 2021, which is advised as some of those dates are already filling up.

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This highly rated property is listed by a Superhost and has a perfect 5 out of 5 rating for cleanliness.

Chic tiny home in Port Dennis, $139

Book this tiny home starting at $139 per night

This tiny house is bursting with charm from the seafoam green couch to the pink paisley comforter and tiny turquoise dining table. Despite the small size, it comes equipped with everything you'd need for a comfortable stay, including a full kitchen, wash/dryer, and a Trex deck with furniture. 

The home is just a 1/2 mile to both the beach and the village of Dennisport. Sundae School Ice-Cream is a particular favorite among locals that's within easy walking distance. Note that this property currently requires guests to bring their own sheets and towels. 

This property also donates a percentage of its profits to charitable organizations. Past programs they've supported include opioid addiction programs, animal shelters, community theater, Habitat for Humanity, and others.

This home is available beginning in early September (including over Labor Day weekend!) with nearly all of the fall months wide open. 

Rating: 4.74

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This property is listed by a Superhost and 16 recent guests have marked it "clean and tidy." The host also notes that they are deep cleaning and sanitizing everything after every guest departs. 

Classic cottage in Eastham, $140

Book this cottage starting at $140 per night

Charming white and blue exteriors and a wooden deck complete with a grill, picnic table, and turquoise umbrella welcome guests to this cottage in Eastham. The two-bedroom spot is within walking distance to Thumpertown Beach and just a short drive from the Cape Cod National Seashore. 

Indoors, the cozy space is highlighted by vaulted ceilings, pine board floors, and a wood stove, and those seeking solitude will appreciate that this home sits on a full acre. The owner even bought the two adjacent lots for the specific purpose of creating a secluded getaway. Take advantage of that privacy in the brand new outdoor shower after a day at the beach.

This listing has availability beginning from September on.

Rating: 4.93

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The host has committed to Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program and has a 4.9 out of 5 rating for cleanliness.

Loft cottage with private deck in Barnstable, $145

Book this loft cottage starting at $145 per night

An Airbnb Plus listing, this space offers stylish coastal charm thanks to its blue and white color palette. The space includes a living room, full kitchen, lofted bedroom found at the top of a ship ladder-style staircase, and a patio complete with wicker furniture and a bright green umbrella. There's also a decent size yard with a grill for guest use. 

One recent guest raved about the property. "Barbara's place is one special treasure in Cape Cod area. Pragmatically, it's the best location you can imagine: 6 min drive to the major highway; 10 min to town center with everything you need like Target, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods; 15 min to beach; not too far from the end of the Cape. Living-wise, it has the best setup and supplies. The whole cottage is cozy, serene, and well-organized. Some highlights: comfy sofa, decors on the wall, HUGE backyard lawn, a pair of travel notebooks with adventure stories from previous visitors that you can read and contribute to. The hosts Barbara and Stephen are absolutely helpful and supportive: warm welcome, respect to our privacy, more than enough cleaning supplies at this crazy time."

This property has a few days still available in August and most of September is open.

Rating: 4.93

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific new policies are listed but this is an Airbnb Plus listing with a Superhost and recent guests have noted how clean it was.

Boutique garden studio in East Sandwich, $155

Book this garden studio starting at $155 per night

Staying here is like entering your own secret garden. White interiors with touches of green instantly set the tone and the green theme continues outside. Big, windowed doors lead out to four acres of lush gardens and there's even a small outdoor seating area for enjoying a cup of coffee or tea among the foliage. A trail from the property runs along the nearby creek and includes a 52-foot suspension bridge.

One recent guest couldn't get enough of this listing, saying "Judith's place is nothing short of magical. We came here on a short getaway and fit in numerous activities recommended in the guide such as kayaking, fancy dinners, cute brunches and many walks around the stunning property. Judith truly went above and beyond at making our stay comfortable from the quick communication to the bathrobes and extra toiletries and waters in the studio. This is truly a vacation we will always remember!"

This property has a few days left in August and is wide open beginning in September, including over Labor Day weekend.

Rating: 4.91

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This property is listed by a Superhost and 15 recent guests have marked it "sparkling clean." It also has a 4.9 out of 5 rating for cleanliness.

Large classic home for groups in Eastham, $175

Book this large home starting at $175 per night

Found in the Eastham/Wellfleet area just a few minutes from Bay Beaches and the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches trails, this huge home is a steal for big families and groups traveling together.

The home sleeps up to 12 guests and is pet-friendly. Be aware that there is a smaller accommodation on the same property that is also rented out through Airbnb, so you may encounter other people around the premises. However, guests have the option to rent out both listings to ensure the entire property is yours, or to accommodate up to 20 guests.

Kids and adults alike will love the bocce area, horseshoe pit, fire pit, and hammocks for lazying around. The front porch includes teak rockers for early morning coffee or sunset cocktails.

This listing has a few days left in August and September, including two weekends.

Rating: 4.75

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The host has committed to Airbnbs new Enhanced Clean program. The host also notes that the home is professionally cleaned between all guests.

Farmhouse-style haven in Chatham, $298

Book this farmhouse haven starting at $298 per night

This cozy and stylish Airbnb Plus listing features vaulted ceilings, a brick fireplace, and a raised deck complete with a grill for enjoying al fresco dinners. The gentle blue and white decor has a slight nautical nod without being kitschy. 

Ideal for groups and families, the four-bedroom spot can sleep up to eight guests. The home is ideally situated close to the main street in Chatham, which is itself centrally located on the Cape and close to excellent beaches, bars, and hotels. 

A recent guest raved about their stay, saying "Bill and Patty are the best hosts I've ever dealt with on Airbnb. The home is extremely well decorated and truly felt like home away from home. Close enough to town that you could be anywhere in no time, while far enough that we felt we had privacy. I would recommend this home to everyone!"

This listing still has availability the last two weeks in August, over Labor Day, and into the fall.

Rating: 4.91

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific policies are outlined, but the host is a Superhost with excellent reviews across the board.

Waterfront cottage in Wellfleet, $375

Book this cottage starting at $375 per night 

If you book this property on Lieutenant Island in Wellfleet, you'll likely spend a good chunk of your time on the wraparound porch. The ocean and sunset views from it are downright cinematic. But the interior is plenty nice, too, and with a queen bed in the master bedroom and two twin beds in the guest bedroom, it's a great choice for families.

Pets are also welcome and a surfboard, kayak, boogie board, and life jackets are available for complimentary use. One thing to note: Guests are expected to supply their own linens unless specifically requested.

This listing has availability starting at the end of September.

Rating: 4.88

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The host is a Superhost and has committed to the Enhanced Clean program.

Elegant waterfront home in Yarmouth Port, $395

Book this waterfront home starting at $395 per night

It's nearly impossible to decide whether the exteriors or interiors are more enticing at this spectacular home. Overlooking Follins Bay, the three-bedroom house features an idyllic stone patio for morning coffee or an evening meal while watching all the boating activity. You can swim, fish or kayak (two are included) right from the backyard.

Meanwhile, elegant interiors include high-vaulted ceilings with beams and decor in soothing tones with bright blue accents. A spiral staircase leads to a cozy reading nook upstairs along with a loft bedroom. The modern and spacious kitchen makes cooking meals a cinch and a fireplace in the living room is a good spot to curl up on crisp nights.

This home has a few days left in August and quite a few available days in September and October.

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This property is listed by a Superhost and 13 recent guests have marked it "sparkling clean." It also has a 4.9 out of 5 rating for cleanliness.

Modern waterfront getaway in Chatham, $500

Book this waterfront getaway starting at $500 per night

Chatham is ideally situated in the middle of the Cape so it's easy to get to all areas. It's also where you'll find idyllic beaches like Lighthouse Beach, seaside restaurants, and luxury favorites like Chatham Bars Inn.

This waterfront retreat includes three bedrooms and sleeps up to nine guests, which makes the heftier price point a strong value for groups or big families splitting the cost. The modern design boasts blue slate floors, high ceilings, panoramic views, a screened-in lounge with plenty of natural sunlight, and a hot tub. There's also a fire pit and an indoor fireplace for chilly evenings. The house has access to a private dog-friendly beach within walking distance and dogs are welcome for an additional fee of $75. 

One recent guest gave a glowing review. "The house is a gem and has everything you would want in a summer house especially for a family vacation. To top it all, we even had a family of swans come out from the lake and hang out in the yard with us. It was a wander land for the kids. Lindsey is the best host ever – super responsive and pleasant to communicate with. It was an absolute pleasure and we will definitely stay there again."

This listing has limited availability until October, but availability is subject to change.

Rating: 4.96

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The host has committed to Airbnbs Enhanced Cleaning Protocols and has a 4.9 out of 5 rating for cleanliness. 

Axel Springer, Insider Inc.’s parent company, is an investor in Airbnb.

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