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The 2012 Curbed Cape Cod Winter Holiday Rental Heatmap

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'Tis the season to enjoy the Cape without all the traffic. The snowbirds are heading to Florida for the winter and a few of the clam shacks are closed, but there's still plenty to do and see in these parts. Sure, if you aren't a member of the Polar Bear Club the beaches won't do much for you, but they're still nice to look at, especially from the inside of a toasty cottage. Weekly rentals are far more affordable off-season, so mere mortals can shack up in some pretty nice digs. Whether you're looking for a week in December or for the whole winter, we've got you covered. As always, weekly rentals tend to run from Saturday to Saturday, but we noted the odd Sunday to Sunday listing. From $500 to $5,000 a week, on the beach and in town, from Sandwich to Ptown, here's our rental heatmap top ten. Enjoy!

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1. Falmouth

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24 Montgomery Ct
Falmouth, MA 02540

This three bedroom, two bath in Falmouth sleeps six. It features a living room with a fireplace, a den with a 42" TV and, in case grillin' and chillin' is your thing, the deck has what you're looking for. Asking $2,000 per week.

2. East Sandwich

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112 Salt Marsh Rd
Sandwich, MA 02537

You can cover multiple holidays with this oceanfront winter rental. Available from December 15 through May 1 for $1,500 per month, the three bedroom, two bath has been recently renovated and offers privacy and "spectacular views from sunrise to sunset."

3. West Barnstable

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2504 Main St
West Barnstable, MA 02668

"Fun & Funky 1740 Barn for a Family or a Couple of Fun-Loving Couples!" Sounds like the makings of a holiday to remember. Plus, the three bedroom, one a half bath includes access to amenities at the Lamb and Lion Inn for $2,080 per week.

4. Hyannis Port

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Marchant Ave
Barnstable, MA

Who needs a bus tour when you can sleep right across from the Kennedy Compound? This eight bedroom, four and a half bath is within sugar-borrowing distance of one of the Cape's top tourist attractions. For $4,500 per week, you might even catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift.

5. Hyannis

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21 Hawes Ave
Hyannis, MA 02601

Here's another winter rental for those wanting to extend their holiday cheer. In the summer, this one bedroom first floor end unit rents for $1,700 per week. The winter rate is $950 per month for panoramic views of Kalmus Beach, Hyannis Harbor and Nantucket Sound.

6. Harwich

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16 Willow Ln
Harwich, MA 02646

Our most affordable short-term listing, asking $500 per week, comes with a holiday-family-photo-ready white picket fence. Even better, all three bedrooms are located on the first floor, which should cut down on Eggnog-induced accidents .

7. Chatham

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Shannon Ln
Chatham, MA 02633

This three bedroom, two bath is located just a few minutes from Ridgevale Beach, perfect if you're a member of the Polar Bear Club. If not, "Enjoy Thanksgiving, Xmas Stroll, New Year's Eve!" by the fireplace here in Chatham for $175 per night.

8. Orleans

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Pond Rd
Orleans, MA 02653

If you're looking to sleep 10 for the holidays, this five bedroom, five bath will do the trick. The renovated hunting lodge on Crystal Lake features a fireplace and "top-of-the-line furnishings." Yours for $2,200-5,000 a week.

9. Truro

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14 Cooper Road
Truro, MA

Here's a four bedroom, three and a half bath in South Truro offering privacy, wireless internet and what looks like more than one fireplace. Holiday weeks are available for $1800 and the property is also for sale, asking $949,500.

10. Provincetown

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131 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657

This waterfront four bedroom, two bath luxury apartment sleeps eight and features views of Provincetown Harbor and the lighthouse on Long Point. The $1,600 Sunday to Sunday rental includes parking, wireless, laundry, and is pet-friendly.

1. Falmouth

24 Montgomery Ct, Falmouth, MA 02540

This three bedroom, two bath in Falmouth sleeps six. It features a living room with a fireplace, a den with a 42" TV and, in case grillin' and chillin' is your thing, the deck has what you're looking for. Asking $2,000 per week.

24 Montgomery Ct
Falmouth, MA 02540

2. East Sandwich

112 Salt Marsh Rd, Sandwich, MA 02537

You can cover multiple holidays with this oceanfront winter rental. Available from December 15 through May 1 for $1,500 per month, the three bedroom, two bath has been recently renovated and offers privacy and "spectacular views from sunrise to sunset."

112 Salt Marsh Rd
Sandwich, MA 02537

3. West Barnstable

2504 Main St, West Barnstable, MA 02668

"Fun & Funky 1740 Barn for a Family or a Couple of Fun-Loving Couples!" Sounds like the makings of a holiday to remember. Plus, the three bedroom, one a half bath includes access to amenities at the Lamb and Lion Inn for $2,080 per week.

2504 Main St
West Barnstable, MA 02668

4. Hyannis Port

Marchant Ave, Barnstable, MA

Who needs a bus tour when you can sleep right across from the Kennedy Compound? This eight bedroom, four and a half bath is within sugar-borrowing distance of one of the Cape's top tourist attractions. For $4,500 per week, you might even catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift.

Marchant Ave
Barnstable, MA

5. Hyannis

21 Hawes Ave, Hyannis, MA 02601

Here's another winter rental for those wanting to extend their holiday cheer. In the summer, this one bedroom first floor end unit rents for $1,700 per week. The winter rate is $950 per month for panoramic views of Kalmus Beach, Hyannis Harbor and Nantucket Sound.

21 Hawes Ave
Hyannis, MA 02601

6. Harwich

16 Willow Ln, Harwich, MA 02646

Our most affordable short-term listing, asking $500 per week, comes with a holiday-family-photo-ready white picket fence. Even better, all three bedrooms are located on the first floor, which should cut down on Eggnog-induced accidents .

16 Willow Ln
Harwich, MA 02646

7. Chatham

Shannon Ln, Chatham, MA 02633

This three bedroom, two bath is located just a few minutes from Ridgevale Beach, perfect if you're a member of the Polar Bear Club. If not, "Enjoy Thanksgiving, Xmas Stroll, New Year's Eve!" by the fireplace here in Chatham for $175 per night.

Shannon Ln
Chatham, MA 02633

8. Orleans

Pond Rd, Orleans, MA 02653

If you're looking to sleep 10 for the holidays, this five bedroom, five bath will do the trick. The renovated hunting lodge on Crystal Lake features a fireplace and "top-of-the-line furnishings." Yours for $2,200-5,000 a week.

Pond Rd
Orleans, MA 02653

9. Truro

14 Cooper Road, Truro, MA

Here's a four bedroom, three and a half bath in South Truro offering privacy, wireless internet and what looks like more than one fireplace. Holiday weeks are available for $1800 and the property is also for sale, asking $949,500.

14 Cooper Road
Truro, MA

10. Provincetown

131 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

This waterfront four bedroom, two bath luxury apartment sleeps eight and features views of Provincetown Harbor and the lighthouse on Long Point. The $1,600 Sunday to Sunday rental includes parking, wireless, laundry, and is pet-friendly.

131 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657