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A Perfect Holiday by the Sea at Plymouth's Sandy Pond Campground

By S. Mathur

To begin with, the location can't be beat. Sandy Pond Campground is located off the southwestern corner of Cape Cod Bay, just three miles from the Bourne bridge which connects to the Cape. With Boston, Providence, Newport, Plymouth and the Cape Cod National Seashore less than an hour's drive away, it's the perfect base for a holiday exploring the rich history, culture and natural beauty of the region.

The campground is a great holiday destination in itself, with a sandy beach, pine woods for hiking, and kayaking. Owner/Manager Jane Doonan says the campground has great views as well: "We have beautiful scenic views of Little Sandy Pond and Covel pond on property. We are surrounded by pine and oak forest. Atlantic Country Club's 4th hole runs along the back perimeter of some of our Full Hook Up sites. We have an abundance of cranberry bogs within a 3 mile radius that are beautiful during our Fall foliage season. Not to mention a variety of wild life that lives on and around the property."

If that sounds like the ingredients for a perfect holiday by the sea, many visitors would agree. Those in the know have been coming back for years, not least because of the convenient access to Cape Cod and all it has to offer. Visitors have a choice of 225 campsites located on Sandy Pond. They can pick tents, cabins or drive-through sites for RVs and big rigs up to 45 feet. Tent sites overlooking the frog pond are peaceful and secluded, but there's also a full service grocery store, laundry, recreation room, restrooms with hot showers and two playgrounds for when the young 'uns need to run off some excess energy. Free cable and wifi keep you connected with the outside world.

Among the variety of things to see and do in the area, says Doonan, "There are great biking trails, deep sea fishing, whale watches, Water Whiz water park is 5 miles away, many mini golf courses as well as at least 6 golf courses in Plymouth alone the closest being our neighbor Atlantic Country Club, Pine Hills, Waverly Oaks to name a few. Don't forget the shopping!" From Plimoth Plantation to the Newport mansions, the historic sites in the area are within easy reach.

For visitors looking for community life and activities at the campground, there are pot luck dinners, outdoor movie nights, and dances on Saturdays. There are plenty of activities at the campground itself for all kinds of outdoors fun: horseshoe pits, bocce courts, a full basketball court, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, swimming in Little Sandy Pond, hiking and mountain biking trails and an arcade.

The campground is open mid-April to mid-October, giving visitors a chance to sample the seasons in the heart of historic New England. Two personal recommendations that are sure to be a hit with the kids: a whale watching trip out of Provincetown and a visit to Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport.

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