sandwich basin
Geoff Rand
The slips just inside the Boat Basin on the right are used by the fishing fleet.

Sandwich is two distinct places: the Boat Basin at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, and the town itself, a mile or so away along the coast towards Provincetown.

The Boat Basin is all business. There's a Coast Guard Station, a commercial fishing fleet, and the power plant sitting a bit obtrusively in the background of everything. In the Basin, the town of Sandwich runs an efficient 24-hour-a-day marina where sailors enroute to someplace else wait for fair weather in Cape Cod Bay or a favorable current through the Canal.

Between the marina and a nearby mini-mall you'll find a fuel dock, showers, grocery and liquor stores, a great chandlery, and a choice of good modest eateries -- all with highway off-ramp convenience to major cruising routes.

But if your cruising schedule is unhurried, the old town of Sandwich is worth a visit on its merits. Walk that mile away from the Boat Basin to enjoy quiet streets with attractive houses, public gardens, unique local museums and a wider assortment of restaurants. Or walk a bit farther to the marshes and beaches facing Cape Cod Bay.

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