I consider myself to be somewhat of a Cape Cod connoisseur. I’ve been coming here every summer since I was born, and I have the bumper stickers and t-shirts to prove it. Roughly 1.5 hours from Boston, Cape Cod stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean and comprises several small seaside towns.
Here are four of my favourite ways to experience Cape Cod:
Hit the Beach
The Cape Cod National Seashore consists of nearly 40 miles of protected seashore, meaning that the beaches are pristine and uninterrupted by development. It is, in short, blissfully serene.
Let’s be clear: Cape Cod is not known for its palm trees and balmy waters. But you will find stretches of sand dunes, clear skies and 60 degree water that will feel just right after basking in the hot sun.
A parking pass can be used throughout all the beaches within the Cape Cod National Seashore, allowing you to beach-hop throughout your stay. Whether you’re looking for waves, calmer waters or seals to watch, there is a perfect beach out there for you.
My sister’s rule on Cape Cod is to have at least one fresh piece of seafood per day. It’s not called Cape Cod for nothing—it would be a sin not to sample the local fare.
You can’t go wrong hitting up a roadside fish and chip joint. Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet offers legendary clam chowder and lobster rolls, and you can bring your own beer and wine.
For a real treat, pop into one of the many high end resorts’ dining rooms for an unforgettable lunch. We like the patio at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham: the restaurant overlooks the ocean and has the best fish and chips I have ever tried.
As for dessert, stock up on salt water taffy. Cabot’s in Provincetown will make any other taffy you’ve ever tried taste like rubber.
Partake in America’s Favourite Pastime
One of Cape Cod’s hidden gems is the Cape Cod Baseball League. This collegiate summer baseball league consists of ten teams made up by some of the most talented college students in the United States, many of whom will eventually work their way up to the majors.
Admission to the games is free, and the scene is straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The caliber of baseball is truly exceptional, and each team has a fiercely loyal fan base.
Spend a Day in Provincetown
Provincetown is located at the very tip of Cape Cod, and has a cultural vibe that stands out from the rest of the Cape. The town has an electric feel, with galleries, boutique shops, restaurants and bars stretching along the waterfront.
This pedestrian-friendly town is a must-visit when you’re ready for a break from the beach. If you’re looking for a little nightlife action, P-Town is where it’s at.
Do be warned that Cape Cod living is highly addictive, and you might very well find yourself returning year after year after year.