5 Under-the-Radar Islands on Cape Cod

When people think of Cape Cod islands, they immediately think of the region’s two famous islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. After that, Cuttyhunk may come to mind. But Cape Cod has several wonderful islands that often get overlooked. These lesser-known islands offer visitors a chance to escape the crowds and enjoy the Cape’s amazing natural habitat. Here are five under-the-radar islands on Cape Cod.capecod

Sampsons Island – Located off Osterville and Cotuit, Sampsons is a 37-acre barrier island that is important to migratory birds such as piping plovers and least terns. A narrow channel connecting Cotuit and West bays provides access to the backside of the island, where you can put your boat onto the sand to offload gear and passengers.

Great Island – A 6-mile barrier beach in Wellfleet, Great Island is one of Cape Cod’s most remote areas. Separating Cape Cod Bay and Wellfleet Bay, the island features pitch pine forests, high dunes, and, at low tide, a wide expanse of tidal flats that produce the famed Wellfleet oyster.

Egg Island – This low-lying island at the entrance of Lewis Bay off Hyannis allows you to enjoy swimming in its shallow waters or picnicking on its beach. Plan your visit around low tide, as there isn’t much dry land at high tide.

Monomoy Island – Home to the 7,600-acre Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, this island stretches 8 miles south of Chatham, forming the barrier islands of North and South Monomoy.

Washburn Island – This 330-acre island inside Waquoit Bay features hiking trails that wind through oak and pine forests, barrier beaches and salt ponds. Primitive camping is available on the island (reservations are required).