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Shoreline Vacation Property
Owning vacation real estate on the beach is a very popular trend in the holiday/hospitality industry. This is true for many reasons. Beaches are conducive to relaxing and fun holidays. Everybody loves spending time in the sunshine and good weather. New England is at the forefront of vacation destination progression. Because there is so much coastline in the Northeast and because the coast is also home to several flourishing metropolitan areas, the Northeast is becoming a commonly visited locale for beachgoers.
Samoset Resort, Rockport Maine
Samoset Resort, Rockport Maine

Traveling up from Connecticut's southwestern corner until you hit Maine's northern-most beach you will pass by just under 500 miles of coastline and around 5,500 miles of shoreline. Along the way you will also see great cities and beautiful towns. New England is home to magnificent people and unique culture. Much of this region is aesthetically exceptional and the rich history is evident in the architecture and landscape. Some of the world's cleanest beaches lie on the New England coast.

Timeshares on the Coast
When you think of destinations in this region the White Mountains or Green Mountains or cities like Boston and Portland probably come to mind. However, comparable coastal destinations are often smaller cities or lesser-known locales. Take towns like Westerly, Rhode Island, Falmouth, Massachusetts and Rockport, Maine for example. These are well-maintained, clean, friendly, luxurious yet affordable timeshare resort locations right on the beach.

More well-known spots feature timeshares of equal quality. Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Newport, Rhode Island and Ogunquit, Maine are very popular timeshare destinations on the coast. These areas are unique in their ability to combine the excitement and convenience of metropolitan areas with the friendliness and tranquility of more rural communities.

Wyndham Newport at Newport Onshore
Wyndham Newport at Newport Onshore

A timeshare is a valuable asset when visiting New England. The difference between timeshares and conventional vacation ownership is cost. Vacation homes and beach houses are very expensive. Owning a second property can be very pricey, whereas a timeshare guarantees at least a week long vacation every year for minimal cost. To cut those costs even more check out timeshare resales and timeshare rentals. A resale is the same property offered by resorts, but an existing owner sells a resale. Resale prices average around 60% below resort prices. You can find extensive listings on sale-by-owner timeshare websites.

For those new to the timeshare lifestyle, a rental may the way to go. It's okay to be skeptical about buying vacation real estate. A timeshare rental allows you to "try it before you buy it." There are no maintenance fees and no contractual obligations. So find a spot in New England that interests you - which won't be hard - and find a timeshare that caters to your vacation agenda. We'll see you on the beach!

2007 Cape Cod Beach Map

2007 Cape Cod Beach Map

Image The 2007 Cape Cod Beach Map shows over 170 beaches and boat ramps along with listings for bait and tackle shops, surf shops, kayak rentals, ferries, whale watching and much more. The map provides decimal lat/long coordinates for every beach and boat ramp that can be used with Google maps and most GPS devices for detailed local mapping.

The map is distributed at over 100 Cape Cod locations by Meds Maps of Harwich. The retail price is $2. If you would like to distribute the map please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you would like to buy the map via US mail please see below.

Using decimal lat/long with Google:

Go to Google Maps
Enter the decimal lat/long numbers into the search bar. Be sure to include the minus “-“ sign.
Click “Search Maps”.
A map will appear. Using your mouse you can zoom in or out and choose from satellite view, map view or a hybrid.
Buy the 2007 Cape Cod Beach Map via US Mail: Send $3 and a return mailing label with your address on it to:
PO Box 757
S Orleans MA 02662

Questions or suggestions regarding the map should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put “Cape Cod Map” in the subject line.




The ocean is a wonderful playground but also demands great respect. Even when lifeguards are present, always pay attention to your surroundings and assume responsibility for your own safety. When kids play in the shore break, extra vigilance is mandatory. The following safety tips address common issues encountered at the beach during various surf conditions.
1. Know your limits. If you can't swim, stay back and don't go in. Knee deep water can drop off suddenly to over your head. Waves can also sweep in, knock you off balance and raise water levels by many feet in just seconds.

2. Waves come in sets.
Before hitting the surf, watch the waves for a while. The bigger the swell, the longer you should watch. A period of 10 minutes or more may pass with no waves followed by several large sets. Always monitor the surf. Occasionally, rogue waves from beyond the surf zone may break. These can be twice as big (or more) than standard set waves.

3. Listen to the lifeguards. Guards are trained to properly observe surfconditions and other safety issues.

4. Leave pool toys by the pool. They are unsafe at the beach.

5. Beware of rip tides. Rips are aquatic conveyer belts that move water in "channels" away from the beach to just outside surf zone. They can be scary if you get caught in one unintentionally (surfers and kayakers use them to access waves faster). If you're a good swimmer, there's little to worry about. Never swim directly against a rip tide. Always swim parallel to shore and then back into an area where the rip isn't present. Rip tides are relatively narrow and can be identified by choppy/discolored water. Rips present the most danger to a weak swimmer who is wading in a "feeder" channel. These can appear just off the beach, protected by a sand bar. Away from the surf zone, they look deceptively safe - they can carry deep water directly to a rip tide.

Image 6. Surfing: Surfboards have hard edges and sharp fins. They don't mix well with swimmers and kids. Many beaches provide designated swimming areas where surfing is prohibited. When this isn't the case, surfers should avoid riding through densely packed reas near shore.

7. Surfer etiquette: The popularity of surfing continues to rise, and sometimes waves get crowded. Some basic rules have been established over time:

*Respect the locals and others around you. If you're new to the lineup, chill out and check the vibe before joining in.
*Respect the peak. The surfer closest to the peak of the wave "owns" that wave. Stay out of his or her way.
*Paddle out through the channel, not the takeoff zone. It's unwise to get in the way of someone taking off.
*Respect other beachgoers and wave riders. Bodyboarders and kayakers have rights to the surf too. The guys fishing before you arrived have a right to their spot.



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Sailing Around Martha's Vineyard

Sailing Around Martha’s Vineyard

Currents at Menemsha, boiling water off Wasque Point and a decision to head home early
A nautical narrative by Mike Marks 

Image Waking up on Menemsha Pond on Sunday morning was glorious. The air temp was cool and the water placid. It was utterly quiet with no bugs buzzing or biting. A gentle breeze blew out of the northeast. I made some instant coffee and grilled a bagel on our portable Weber grill (an outstanding purchase). I wanted to get under way ASAP before the tide dropped too far. The channel out of the pond is shallow, and we arrived the night before via high tide - we didn’t want to get stuck on the way out.

Our plan for the day was to sail around the south side of Martha’s Vineyard, eat dinner in Edgartown and spend the night at either Katama or Cape Pogue Bay. We would then return to Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Port on Monday. However, the marine forecast for Monday was iffy - 20 knot winds with gusts up to 30. There was also a small craft advisory in effect.

I had full faith in our sailing ability and confidence in the sturdiness of the Flying Fish, my 23-year-old O’Day 25. I’d had her out in 15-20 kt winds with just 1/3 of the jib unfurled and no main – we’d done 5 knots and were dry and comfortable. Still, the standing rigging and mainsail are both original and this gave me some concern. Three years earlier the primary port shroud on my 1976 O'Day Mariner broke in a 10 knot gust - ever since I've been wary about 20 year old rigging. Then there’s the fact that this boat, with a shallow draft centerboard keel (2’3” draft with centerboard up), fat stern and skinny rudder, can get squirrelly in a following sea.

If we returned Monday, the expected 4 - 5 foot seas would be on our stern - steering in those conditions would be like negotiating a Formula 1 race track in a Greyhound bus. Then there was the nagging detail that two nuts had worked their way off the lower pintle (one of the pins that holds the rudder on) the day before. I replaced them, and things seemed to be okay. But if we lost our rudder with 30 knot gusts and peaky 5 foot seas, we could get in serious trouble. Also, there was a small rip in the head of the mainsail I’d just discovered that morning. Based on these factors, I decided we should skip the second night at the Vineyard and sail back to Harwich Port that day.

Now, here’s how boys can get into trouble: Boris, my 78-year-old father, said “20 knots isn’t that bad - we could do it.” He seemed disappointed. I reconsidered my decision. This trip was my birthday present to him, and he’d traveled all the way from Los Angeles for it. “We could probably do it,” I thought. But then I thought about those guys you read about in newspapers who do something stupid like sailing a 23-year-old 25-foot sailboat with original rigging in Nantucket Sound when there’s a small craft advisory. Nope, we’d continue around Martha’s Vineyard and head back to Harwich Port on Sunday.

ImageThe sail from Harwich Port to the Vineyard was perfect. There was a 10 knot wind out of the northeast and the tide was favorable. As we passed the entrance to Vineyard Haven, the wind dropped and moved behind us. We were on a dead run in a 5 knot breeze doing 3 knots over the water. The tide was slack but was also about to turn against us in Vineyard Sound. The Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book showed a 2.5 knot current would be buffeting our nose in just two hours.

But once we rounded Cape Higgon, it appeared we could hug the shore and dodge the brunt of the current. We turned on the motor and made for Cape Higgon. Our plan worked well - once around it, we moved in to a quarter mile offshore and noted much less current flowing against the lobster buoys. The rest of the way to Menemsha was easy. We followed the incoming tide up the channel and anchored for the night.

The tide streamed forcefully out of Menemsha Pond as we left the next morning, following a local fisherman down the channel. The channel is shown clearly on the chart but not very well marked on the water. Near the harbor the current swirled around a red nun buoy. A decayed hull on the shore served as a reminder of the perils of running aground. On the wharf a sign warns boaters that the water depth in the channel is 2’ at low tide. It was hard to control the Flying Fish in the current and we came close to hitting the buoy. Once clear of Menemsha, we breathed more easily.

The wind continued to blow gently from the northeast and, as we rounded Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head), the current was slack. We motored for a while along the west coast through a small fishing fleet, then turned the point at Squibnocket and started to head eastward along the south shore. The breeze freshened. We turned off the motor and sailed on a close reach two miles off the south shore with the wind at 5 knots.

I fastened down the tiller and balanced the main and jib. The Flying Fish was happy and held a steady eastward course for twenty minutes at a stretch without any adjustment. Boris decided to take a nap. If I had fallen off the boat, the first clue he might have would probably be running aground on Nantucket! The only boat we saw during that 4 hour leg was a cigarette style power boat passing us at 30 knots.

At Wasque Point the Atlantic Ocean pours into Nantucket Sound through Muskeget Channel. We were a good mile offshore and the water under us was no more than twenty feet deep. Close by, shallow spots existed where the depth was less than six feet. The tide was flowing in and the water around the Point was boiling, and we got a bit nervous. When there’s a strong south swell, it’s surely a good idea to give the area a wide berth.

The wind switched south and strengthened. As we made our way to Harwich Port, the waves started building, reflecting Monday’s imminent forecast. Off Harwich Port at 7pm I took down the main in two foot chop. One wave threw me against the boom and the topping lift broke. I fell on the boom against the side of the cockpit. There was no other damage, but the incident reaffirmed our decision to head home a day early. We docked at 8pm, washed up and had a nice dinner at Brax Landing. We ate indoors necause the wind had begin to blow hard..