12. EasthamWater, water everywhere could be the town motto for Eastham, a place for nature lovers if ever there was one. Steps from the 43,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore and at one of the narrowest parts of the Cape, Eastham has a million bay beaches, says Donna Gemborys, a realtor with Kinlin Grover in Orleans, along with Atlantic Ocean views, hiking, biking, windsurfing, and beachcombing.
Among the attractions are breathtaking Fort Hill, where you can sit and watch the sun set and the moon rise, an old windmill, and the red-and-white Nauset Light. Houses are a mix of historic and newer, with condo prices driven up since 2007 by Brackett Landing, a 40-unit development where buyers can take advantage of that small-town feel. I met more friends in three months [in Eastham] than in 11 years in Brewster, says Gemborys. You just feel at home.