Photo Spots in Cape Cod

New England is known for East Coast charm, foliage, lobster rolls, sandy dunes, rocky shores, and so much more that begs to be commemorated forever in photo form!🦞 Here at ​​Flytographer, we easily connect people with trusted photographers for fun photo shoots and have captured over three million memories worldwide. Today, we asked our local photographers in Cape Cod to share 10 of the best places to take photos in Cape Cod, and we can’t wait to share these Massachusetts gems with you!

Hot tip! If you’re looking for more New England ideas, including the best places to eat and see and Instagrammable things to do in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to read our New England blog post here. To learn more about our awesome Cape Cod photographers and Flytographer routes, be sure to view our Cape Cod page. Alrighty! Now, back to our top 10 photo spots in Cape Cod… 📸

Photo: Flytographer in Cape Cod. Julina and family capture a day together in Cape Cod at Callie’s Beach with a family photoshoot.

1. Chatham

Chatham is a favourite seaside town located on the Southeastern tip of Cape Cod. Chatham is known for Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham Railroad Museum, and Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, not to mention beautiful beaches, shops, dining, and more. It isn’t as popular as many other Cape Cod towns, making it a great spot for photos and soaking in small-town Cape Cod charm. 👍

Lighthouse Beach and Ridgevale Beach are two of our favourite Cape Cod beaches. These sandy stretches are the perfect place to enjoy the scenery, sunbathe, swim, and, of course, take pictures! 🏖

Photo: Flytographer in Cape Cod. Jacqueline and partner celebrate their babymoon in Cape Cod at Chatham with a couple photoshoot.

2. Provincetown

Directly above Chatham, on the northernmost tip of the Cape, lies Provincetown. ⚓️ Provincetown may sound familiar because it’s the site of the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620! Today you can get to Provincetown much quicker than via the Mayflower on ferries, buses, or even an easy flight straight from Boston.

Provincetown isn’t only beautiful; it’s also remarkably accessible and walkable (we always love a good walkable town), and the downtown charm here makes it a perfect place to take photos in Cape Cod. The town is also incredibly artistic, filled with galleries, studios, and more. Provincetown is also a popular LGBTQ+ destination, welcoming visitors from all over the country and world and celebrating with shows, bars, clubs, restaurants, and more. 🏳️‍🌈 We love Provincetown!

Photo: Caroline in Cape Cod for Flytographer. Jackie and partner capture their anniversary in Cape Cod at Provincetown with a couple photoshoot.

3. Hyannis

Hyannis is known as the “hub” or capital of the Cape. ❣️ The location of the Kennedy compound (namely, Hyannis Port), Hyannis has more to offer than you might realize. The village is small and walkable, with access to both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Hyannis is often busy year-round and has a wonderful Main Street. Hyannis isn’t only charming and fun; it also offers expansive beaches and an immense variety for taking photos in Cape Cod. Here in Hyannis, there’s something for everyone! 🌊

Photo: Flytographer in Cape Cod. Bailey and family capture a fun day together in Cape Cod at Hyannis with a family photoshoot.

4. Upper Cape

Upper Cape is one of our favourite Cape Cod areas for photos – it’s beautiful! Upper Cape is a region that consists of Falmouth, Bourne, Sandwich, and Mashpee, and surprisingly, it’s not… up! 🆙 The Upper Cape is the area of Cape Cod nearest the mainland.

Our favourite route for photos in this area of Cape Cod is along Town Neck Beach’s rocky shoreline (and the surrounding dunes), followed by a walk down the Sandwich Boardwalk for spectacular views and, in turn, spectacular photos. 😍

Another favourite spot for photos in the Upper Cape is the Knob (in Falmouth). Getting to the Knob requires an easy 15-minute hike 🥾 along a narrow peninsula, which leads to the Knob, featuring beautiful vistas overlooking Buzzards Bay. The area offers hiking, swimming, and incredible, Instagrammable views.

Photo: Cathie in Cape Cod for Flytographer. Julie and family capture their family trip together in Cape Cod at Upper Cape with a family photoshoot.

5. Nobska Lighthouse

Nobska Lighthouse (known previously as Nobska Light) is an 1800s lighthouse situated on top of a grassy hill overlooking rocky shores, with scenic views stretching across Nantucket Sound to Martha’s Vineyard! 👀 Nobska Lighthouse is a popular place for photoshoots, and once you see it, you’ll understand why. It’s located on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod and is worth a trip.

Photo: Flytographer in Cape Cod. Jen captures a solo adventure in Cape Cod at the Nobska Lighthouse with a headshot photoshoot.

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6. Wellfleet – Duck Harbor Beach

Wellfleet – Duck Harbor Beach is perhaps most known for its stunning sunset views and sandy dunes. The beach is typically quiet — rarely busy, even in the summertime — making it perfect for photos here on Cape Cod Bay. Wellfleet – Duck Harbor Beach is a perfect destination for strolling, collecting shells, enjoying the scenery, and, of course, taking photos! 🐚

Photo: Caroline in Cape Cod for Flytographer.  Harmony and family capture their multi-gen trip together in Cape Cod at the Wellfleet – Duck Harbor Beach with a family photoshoot.

7. Coast Guard Beach

Coast Guard Beach is one of the busier beaches along the Cape Cod National Seashore, with clean sand, lovely water, beautiful views, and even seals! 🦭 It’s easy to understand why Coast Guard Beach is such a popular destination, and that’s also why it’s one of our favourite places in the Cape.

Important tip: If you’re visiting in the summertime, check the local regulations, as there are some parking and other seasonal restrictions here. ⛔️

Photo: Cathie in Cape Cod for Flytographer. Jennifer and family capture a babymoon together in Cape Cod at the Coast Guard Beach with a family photoshoot.

8. Mayflower Beach

Mayflower Beach is another Cape favourite and is so unique! At low tide, you can walk for miles, making it a perfect spot for strolling and, of course, photo-taking. Because the water is calm and shallow, Mayflower Beach is a favourite for families, friends, romantic dates, solo relaxation, or anything else you can imagine. 🤍 With soft white sand and lapping shores, you can’t go wrong at Mayflower Beach.

Photo: Cathie in Cape Cod for Flytographer. Matthew and partner celebrate their engagement in Cape Cod at the Mayflower Beach with a proposal photoshoot.

9. Dowses Beach

Dowses Beach is a peninsula beach in the town of Barnstable. Dowses Beach offers bay and warm ocean waters — a perfect beach destination to please anyone. Dowses is a popular spot for photographers and a beautiful place for your Cape Cod photos! 🤳

Note: Dowses Beach is private and open for residents only during peak seasons.

Photo: Flytographer in Cape Cod.  Molly and family capture a beautiful day together in Cape Cod at Dowses Beach with a family photoshoot.

10. Depot Pond

For a bit of a change of scenery, we’re going to end with Depot Pond — a small lake in Eastham, Massachusetts, not far from Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light. Depot Pond is also near the Cape Cod Rail Bike Trail, making it a great destination for those who love being active and enjoying all the Cape has to offer. 🚴‍♀️ Depot Pond is sometimes called Library Pond by locals and is a quiet and lovely spot for photos.

Photo: Cathie in Cape Cod for Flytographer. Joyce and family celebrate a day together in Cape Cod at the Depot Pond with a family photoshoot.

Capturing Memories in Cape Cod

Whether you always take photos when you travel to new destinations or the idea of vacation photos is all brand new to you, we hope we’ve convinced you of the many wonderful photo opportunities in Cape Cod! 🗺 Cape Cod itself is so special. It feels even more sentimental to capture the time you’ve enjoyed — solo, with a loved one, family, friends, or more.

We can’t wait to see you in Cape Cod! 🤩