Cape Cod, or “The Cape” as most new englanders call it, is located in eastern Massachusetts and is one of thee (if not thee) most popular summer vacation spot in all of New England.
Besides the abundance of beautiful ocean beaches and fresh sea food, The Cape is packed full of unique small towns over-flowing with charm, history, and attractions to interest everyone.
It’s common when asking a New Englander about the geography of the cape that they would curl their arm as if to show off their biceps and use that as a way to locate cities and other places in the cape. By looking at the picture below you can tell how accurate the comparison really can be.
Hit the beach
The cape has 560(!) miles of coast line. That’s a LOT. The great thing about the cape is not only how MANY beaches, but the quality of the beaches is amazing. Silky soft sand, clear water, well kept beaches. Beware: some of the most popular beaches can be packed full of people during the busy summer season.
I’m warning you..they are expensive. This one ran me $30. Granted it was a huge portion and you will not find seafood any fresher any where else. What really takes it above and beyond is if the roll is lightly toasted. The extra little bit of crunch it adds is perfect.
Take in a Cape Cod League baseball game
The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) produces more big league baseball players than any other summer college baseball league in the entire country. Not only is the baseball quality, but the atmosphere is great. All games are free of charge and while most stadiums have bleachers, fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs to sit on.
Note: these games do not serve alcoholic beverages. I repeat: baseball without beer. My one and only gripe.
Visit “the islands”
The Cape includes the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, which lie just south of upper Cape, mid Cape, and lower Cape. Both of the islands attract a wealthy crowd so prices on the islands tend to be steep. If you’re looking to stay on a budget think about making it a day trip. ferry’s run all day and are priced reasonably enough to make it worth the savings of staying on the islands.
Explore the rail trail
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is one of the best ways to see multiple cities of the cape. Going all the way up to the northern most part of the cape to provincetown, and coming all the way down past harwich the 22-mile paved trail can be walked, biked, rollerbladed and even horse backed. Make sure to budget time to stop at some of the unique shops and restaurants along the way. You won’t regret it.