Capeside is a fictional town in Massachusetts where the television show Dawson's Creek takes place. It is a modest harbor city located along the Atlantic Ocean in a long bay with sparse housing. The separation between homes often requires that residents travel to the city center via car, although Dawson and Joey typically take a boat.

Founded in 1815, the town has a population of 35,000 and is located between the cities of Providence and Boston.

The actual place of filming was a harbor in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its bays and coastlines are similar to those found along the coast of Massachusetts.


  • The houses used for Dawson Leery's and Jen Lindley's homes are located on Head Road, while the house used for Joey Potter's home is located on Pine Grove Road.

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