The Sands of Time in Woods Hole...
the place for a perfect Cape Cod vacation.

Hidden from the main byways of Cape Cod, lies the tiny sea-spray village of Woods Hole. Famous as the home port for the ferries shuttling to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Woods Hole captures visitors with its antique seaside charm and bounty of maritime culture.


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Our beautiful harbor and beaches.
Shopping and dining.
Attractions and activities.
Visiting Woods Hole is like stepping back in time. Leave your car at the Sands of Time and stroll through the village, charmingly split at Main Street by an old fashioned drawbridge, making way for the elegant sail craft, fishing boats, and sophisticated marine research vessels that frequent the protected harbor waters.

Enjoy famous waterside restaurants offering hearty breakfasts, relaxing lunches, or true Cape Cod dinners featuring local seafood and delicacies. Lie on sandy beaches, ride the Shining Sea Bikeway, and explore the shops, museums and the Aquarium. Or photograph the majestic Nobska Lighthouse and tour the fascinating Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, renowned for the discovery of the Titanic, and dedicated to exploring the life of the sea.


The Sands of Time is less than a five minute walk to the home port of the Steamship Authority, where ferries leave for the world famous islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, known for their classic New England charm and celebrity allure.

(CLICK HERE to see  a walking map of Woods Hole.)

Yet it is also an easy one-day excursion to visit the artists' colony of Provincetown, situated on the outermost tip of Cape Cod, and the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Whale watching from Barnstable Harbor, historic Plymouth and New Bedford, popular for its outlet shopping, are all within an hour's drive.

Whether you're looking for a cozy retreat with lovely accommodations, a spectacular view as you explore Falmouth, Cape Cod or Southeastern New England, or just a convenient stopover on the way to the Islands, the Sands of Time will fulfill your every wish.

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