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Tours You Can Take From Provincetown on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 21, 2021

You'll rarely run out of things to see and do when spending your vacation in Provincetown. After all, this is perhaps Cape Cod's liveliest community, and its days and nights are full of activities for all ages.

While you could spend your entire vacation entertaining yourself without much trouble, embarking on a tour at some point during your stay is also a consideration. These tours can take you over land or into the ocean, depending on your preferences, and will give you access to an experienced guide along the way.

How you choose to spend your vacation is up to you, but Provincetown is home to some unique features that make it a great place to explore.

Here's a look at some of the most popular tour operators in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Whale Watching Tours

Some of the most sought-after tours departing from Provincetown are the whale watching vessels. These fleets leave Provincetown Harbor from the MacMillian Pier and generally head north to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. From there, viewing humpbacks, right whales, fin whales, minke whales, dolphins, and porpoises is remarkably common.

The largest of these tour operators is Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch, a company with four large boats and up to 12 departure times per day. This operator offers a whale sighting guarantee and has a very high success rate, as well.

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch has an onboard concession, and the tours take three or four hours to complete, giving you plenty of time to get a sighting in. An experienced naturalist will guide you through the outing and point things out along the way.

SeaSalt Charters is a smaller tour operator offering whale watching voyages from Provincetown. They have private and shared tour options available and also provide fishing charters. You can combine your private whale watching excursion with a deep-sea fishing trip, too.

Keep in mind that SeaSalt Charters only has a single boat, so you'll need to book well in advance if you have your heart set on using them.

Fishing Tours

Another option for doing some deep-sea fishing from Provincetown is Chas'n Tails Fishing Charters, which operates from a 28-foot custom ROS Downeast with an enclosed cabin and plenty of space for your entire group.

The crew will supply your bait and tackle, so you don't have to bring anything with you to the Cape, and they'll even clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day. That way, you can return directly to your vacation rental and cook up the freshest fish imaginable. 

If you take their tuna-catching trip, there's a good chance you'll see some whales on your excursion, too, because the vessel heads to the Stellwagen Bank. Chas'n Tails Fishing Charters also does sunset cruises into Provincetown Harbor, allowing you to end your day in style.

Tour the Dunes

Art's Dune Tours has been in operation for about 75 years and has provided countless Provincetown visitors with memorable experiences in that time.

The company offers daily tours of the Cape Cod National Seashore's protected dunes. These trips are their most popular option. The journey only takes about an hour, so you can quickly experience this one-of-a-kind landscape before carrying on with your day.

Other tours available through Art's Dune Tours include their sunset tours to Race Point Beach, including dinner and a bonfire, and their dune and water tours, which combine the traditional dune tour with kayaking, sailing, or speed boating.

No matter which excursion you select through Art's Dune Tours, you can trust that your day will be a memorable one.

Sailboat Tour

Dog Gone Sailing Charters operates a sailboat out of Provincetown Harbor that will take you on a few different cruise types, depending on your preferences.

Available options include a one-and-a-half-hour trip around the bay, a sunset cruise, a half-day excursion into Herring Cove, or a full-day trip that will take you to the Stellwagen Bank or Wellfleet.

If you love sailing, this tour operator might be an option for you.

Making the Most of Your Trip to Provincetown

There's an abundance of activity in Provincetown, and you might find yourself too busy to take one of these tours. However, they're well worth making time for because you'll get to see some things that most other Cape Cod visitors fail to experience. 

Few locations allow you to get up close to humpbacks and right whales with regular frequency or enjoy a bonfire on the dunes overlooking the ocean. Provincetown's tour operators provide both of those adventures and many more.

Provincetown is unique not only because of its vibrant Commercial Street but also the natural features surrounding it. Booking a vacation rental in this magical part of the world offers you the unprecedented opportunity to get to know this one-of-a-kind community.

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Cape Cod Fishing Charters
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 23, 2018

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When spending time on Cape Cod, it would be downright criminal if you don't spend at least one day on the ocean. After all, the Cape is nearly surrounded by the Atlantic and, as a result, has some of the best fishing on the entire East Coast. Another aspect of fishing on Cape Cod is its diversity, as there are rivers, lakes, and ponds where you can catch smaller fish, or you can head out on a fishing charter in search of a larger species. Even on the ocean, there are various locations, as you can head into Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, or the deep Atlantic Ocean. For the sake of this post, we're going to look at ocean fishing charters on Cape Cod, as there are plenty of options depending on where your vacation rental is located and what type of fish you want to catch.

After checking into your vacation rental, have a look at the nearby Cape Cod fishing charter companies to see if you can get out there and catch your next meal yourself.


Fishing in Provincetown

In Provincetown, Ginny G is one of the top Cape Cod charter fishing companies around. Captain Dave Gibson has been fishing in the waters off Provincetown for over 35 years and brings a wealth of experience if you're looking to catch codfish, mackerel, tuna, bluefish, or striped bass. Since the waters in Provincetown Harbor are so deep, you won't have to travel far to reach the best fishing areas and can spend more time fishing, rather than boating.

Ocean Fishing Excursions in Orleans

Dragonfly Sportfishing operates a 23-foot custom SeaCraft vessel out of Orleans, with the boat leaving from a dock on River Road. The craft then heads out into Little Pleasant Bay before venturing into the Atlantic in search of striped bass, bluefish, bluefin tuna, and black sea bass. Whale watching excursions and family fishing trips are also available through this company, and the boat is captained by Mike Bosley. The company also has launch sites in South Yarmouth and Dennis, should you be staying in those areas.

Chatham Fishing Charters

Capeshores Charters leaves from Chatham's Municipal Fish Pier and heads to an area that offers some of the best cod and striped bass fishing in the northeastern United States. The vessel, which is a 24-foot lobster boat, travels north off the coast of Nauset or Coast Guard beach, or to Nantucket Shoals in the south, which are both historically fertile fishing grounds. Other fish common in the area include bluefin tuna and bluefish, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to make a catch.

Harwich Charter Fishing

Cape Cod Fishing Charters is captained by Art Brosnan and can take groups of up to six people from Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport to Nantucket Sound and other coastal waters. The boat's four to eight-hour charters search for bluefish, fluke, sea bass, porgy, striped bass, and squid, while ten-hour trips into deeper water for bluefin tuna fishing are also available. The vessel, the Capt'n & Tonaire, is 35 feet long and one of the fastest on the Cape, so you'll spend more time fishing and less time reaching your destination.


Yarmouth Fishing Excursions

Shark Shark Tuna departs from Skippy's Pier 1 on Parker's River in Yarmouth and heads directly into Nantucket Sound. From there, you can choose to fish the sound, or head north to the Stellwagen Bank, Cape Cod Bay or anywhere else in the area. The company usually targets bluefin tuna, sea bass, striped bass, porgy, white marlin, yellowfin tuna, and sharks, so you'll have an excellent selection when choosing what to fish for on your day on the ocean.


Hyannis Fishing Charter Boats

The Helen H fishing fleet in Hyannis is one of the largest charter companies on Cape Cod, as the company operates five boats between 30 and 100 feet in length. The largest vessel, the Helen H, can handle multi-day trips, as it has sleeping quarters built right in. There is also a sundeck for those who don't want to fish, but still want to experience life on the ship. Codfish, tuna, fluke, sea bass, haddock, and scup are among the fish you can catch on your trip, or you can head out on a whale watching excursion, as well.


Fishing Charters in Barnstable

Cape Cod Family Fishing Charters in Barnstable specializes in family-friendly fishing trips so that you can take your kids without any worry. The company heads out into Cape Cod Bay in search of striped bass, bluefish, and tuna and has two boats: The Escape and the Elizabeth B. All fish that you catch will be cleaned and prepared for you to take back to your vacation rental at the end of your tour.


Catch Fish in Falmouth

One of the best-known fishing companies in Falmouth is through Bluefin Charters, which operates a 28-foot lobster boat and can take groups of up to six passengers, although larger groups can be accommodated with a second boat. The company offers bluefish, bonito, albacore, and big striped bass fishing close to shore, or fluke, black sea bass and porgy fishing in the deep sea. Shark fishing is also available on longer trips south of Martha's Vineyard.


Your Cape Cod Fishing Charters

As you can see, there are plenty of Cape Cod fishing charters available, depending on what you want to fish for and where you want to go. Rates vary, as well, so have a look around to find a sport fishing option that works for you.

Remember that all of your fishing gear is provided with every fishing charter, so you won’t have to worry about packing it from home. Read the website of the fishing charter company that you choose to see what you’ll need to bring on your journey, as most do not provide food or drink unless you make prior arrangements with the captain.

There is usually a place onboard to store any meals that you bring, and many vessels have cooking facilities. It’s also important to pack extra clothes to prepare for changing weather, as the ocean can be unpredictable at times. No fishing license is required in Massachusetts as long as you don’t sell any fish.

Make the most of your Cape Cod vacation this summer by getting out there and experiencing some of the country’s best fishing. If you’ve never gone deep sea fishing before, this is unquestionably the place to try it for the first time.

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