Summer on Cape Cod and the Islands nets $40 million for Airbnb hosts

No season is more popular for Massachusetts beaches than the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And Airbnb — the world’s leading community driven hospitality company — allows local families to use their home and financially benefit from this increased summer travel. Residents of Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties earned $40 million in extra income this summer by home sharing via Airbnb — an increase of 38 percent compared to the same time in 2017.

The number of visitors using Airbnb on Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard also increased by 37 percent compared to summer 2017, with 131,000 total guest arrivals. Families with children under the age of 12 represented 27 percent (or 34,540) of these arrivals.

Airbnb Use in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties Between Memorial Day and Labor Day

May 25 to Sept. 3 Guest
Family Guest
Host Income
2018 131,000 35,130 $40 Million
2017 95,580 21,280 $29 Million


During this summer, the typical Airbnb host in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties gained $7,333 in supplemental income. First time hosts and seniors ages 60 and up made up 33 percent and 32 percent, respectively, of the booked hosts. Provincetown, Barnstable, Falmouth, Dennis, Oak Bluffs and Nantucket were among the most popular destinations. Boston; New York; Cambridge, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco topped the cities of origin for Airbnb guests to the Cape and the Islands.

Summer 2018 Guest Arrivals

Guest City of Origin Summer Guest Arrivals
Boston 12,200
New York 10,900
Cambridge 1,990
Washington, D.C. 1,470
San Francisco 1,050
Philadelphia 1,020
Montreal, Canada 990
Los Angeles 885
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