If you’re looking for a new experience on your next vacation minus the excessive heat, large crowds and long lines at an amusement park, Cape Cod, Massachusetts might be just what you had in mind. Dripping with old world charm and history, it has something to offer everyone.
There is no better time on the cape than the summer. The daily breeze keeps you comfortable, the flowers are in full bloom and the water is cool enough to give your body instant relief from the heat. Considered some of the best in the world, the Cape Cod national seashore offers 40-miles of unspoiled sandy beaches on the outer parts of Cape Cod with a total of nearly 600 miles of unspoiled coastline. This gives you access to many beautiful sandy beaches on both sides.
Quaint and charming hotels
With all of its coastline, it goes without saying that every town from Hyannis to Provincetown has a quaint and comfortable bed and breakfast run by a third, fourth or fifth generation family member. Additionally, charming hotels like Sea Crest Beach Hotel, have been updated to give you all the modern amenities you want, while still keeping things just a little bit simple.
Things to do on the Cape
From Falmouth to Orleans and beyond, the cape, preserved to give every visitor a relaxing atmosphere, has something for everyone. You can rent a bike and ride along the many trails. Take a long walk on a number of nature trails or camp out at a camping site. If you’re into golf there are over 50 courses with a sea breeze included at no extra charge. With water on all sides, fishing is a big deal and taken very seriously. Each day during the summer months, fishermen head out to into the Atlantic to catch the big one. You can join them on a charter boat and try your hand at reeling in a striped bass, bluefish, fluke, flounder, tautog or mackerel. Looking for a calmer body of water? No problem, the cape also has over 500 lakes and streams loaded with fish. If you want to shop, visit any one of the many Main Streets located in just about every town including Chatham, Harwich Port, Orleans, Falmouth, Wellfleet and Hyannis.
Historic sights worth seeing
Just off Cape Cod, Plymouth is where American history begins with the landing of the first pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620. The town features a living museum and daily shows that re-enact the historical events that took place. Every town on Cape Cod features a collection of historical sites including preserved lighthouses, with some offering guided tours and vintage boardwalks with serene and breathtaking views of the unspoiled shores. Wellfleet has the wildlife sanctuary and Hyannis features the John F. Kennedy memorial.
Places to eat
Keeping the Cape charming and natural is only part of the reason tourists enjoy coming back each year. Fresh seafood is another. A few of the best places to satisfy your appetite for great seafood are Del Mar in Chatham, Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grill in Dennis Port, The Lobster Pot in Provincetown, Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet and Wimpy’s in Osterville.
When you visit the Cape make sure to bring along your high tech gadgets such as your cell phone, tablet and camera. This way you can preserve your trip through memorable videos and photos and continue to enjoy your relaxing vacation over again.