Exploring Cap Cod, Massechusetts
Cap Cod, Massechusetts
Cape Cod is a spectacular place to visit in summer, with its beautiful sand dunes, its abrupt cliffs, forests and 300 km of seaside. Cape Cod is an enormous sand peninsula that moves in the direction of the Atlantic Ocean on the East coast of Massachusetts State in USA. Cape Cod is a short 1.5 hours to Boston and only 5 hours from New York by car. During this trip, discover Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard that are only a few hours ferry ride.
This destination is as beautiful in spring, as it is in summer and in autumn. Unique and diversified, Cape Cod offers dozens of museums, theatres, a lot of lighthouses and very good restaurants famous for their excellent lobsters, fish and clams. Hot summers are accompanied by an oceanic breeze and the temperature in spring and autumn are making Cape Cod the ideal destination for vacations.
When to Go to Cape Cod
Although many plan to visit in the summer months, Cape Cod is much more than a summer vacation destination. For those searching for relaxing days of swimming, sunbathing, sand castles, and ice cream cones, summer is indeed a wonderful (and the most popular) time visit. Many, however, prefer the slower pace and cooler weather of spring and fall to explore the Cape’s plentiful hiking and bike trails, art galleries, shops, and museums, and to take long walks on un-crowded beaches. Some even prefer to visit in the winter when the stark beauty of the wind swept beaches makes a nice compliment to the cozy fire back at the inn or bed and breakfast (not to mention the off-season bargains that can be found for lodging and meals).
Where to Stay on Cape Cod
Whether you are looking for a family friendly beach resort, a romantic bed and breakfast, a spa, an economy motel, or a vacation cottage rental near a beach, there is no shortage of choices for accommodations in Cape Cod. Generally, cheap lodging can be found closer to the mainland in the towns of the Upper Cape (Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich). The Mid-Cape (Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis) is a hub of activity, particularly the village of Hyannis in Barnstable, which is serviced by a small airport, ferries to nearby Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and where restaurants, shopping, and accommodations abound, from high-end resorts and inns to budget motels. As much of the Lower Cape (Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown) is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, this section of the peninsula is the least developed section of the Cape (the Lower Cape towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown are also referred to as the Outer Cape as they are located on the most outer section of the peninsula). As such, the prices for accommodations in this area tend to be higher, but you’ll be closer to the kind of scenery that the Cape is known for, not to mention the most stunning beaches.
Best/top sites to see for both adults and kids
If looking for things to do beyond the beaches, the Cape has charms and activities for every season. An historic arts colony, the Cape boasts a thriving arts scene complete with galleries, museums, concerts, opera, and live theater. Those who like to get close to nature will enjoy whale watching tours, cycling on the many dedicated bike trails, or hiking through picturesque salt marshes and wildlife sanctuaries. If you are looking for a more sophisticated vacation, try wine tasting at local vineyards and wineries, shopping at the local boutiques, or relaxing at one of the Cape’s many spas. For sportsmen, try fresh water, pier fishing, and deep-sea fishing, or enjoy a round at one of the many golf courses. For those who prefer to get on the water instead of in it, there are site-seeing cruises, ferry rides to neighboring islands, kayak, canoe, and boat rentals, and sailing classes as well as parasailing, windsurfing and sail boarding. If you want to get a true taste of the local culture, be sure to keep an eye out for the many local fairs and festivals that take place in the spring, summer, and fall. And there’s no reason for kids to be bored if they try the water parks, miniature golf, horseback riding, and a drive-in movie theater.