Where to stay in Cape Cod ?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 14, 2013 9:02 PM Last Post By: markharf
Aug 13, 2013 10:53 AM
Where to stay in Cape Cod ?ive got 4 days in cape cod with my partner, pretty much want to see everything from beaches to historical sites, well 2 or 3 main attractions would be good. looking for a chilled out time, arriving from london via ny but have no transport in cape cod so wanted somewhere with easy access to public transport/ good walks, any suggestions are gratefully accepted
Aug 13, 2013 12:05 PM
1You should rent a car. How are you getting to the Cape from NYC? Public transportation is not good to and on the Cape and its lack will limit your mobility and hinder your full enjoyment. Traffic arriving and leaving on Friday night, Saturday (day when weekly cottage rentals turn over) and Sunday (all the weekenders getting over two bridges to go home, all at the same time), and early Monday morning, can be brutal though.
There is a new-this-season weekend only train service from Boston to Hyannis, and there is limited bus service to some towns and to the ferry connections to the islands of Martha's Vineyard (which can be a day trip) and Nantucket. But nothing to get you easily from town to beach to beach and into the National Seashore. There is also a ferry from Boston to Provincetown and you could do a couple of days' activities there, like Art's Dune Tour.
There really are no "main attractions" on the Cape; the attraction is the ambience. The quintessential Cape experience IMO is walking somewhere along the long stretch of beach from the "elbow" in Chatham to the "fingertip" in Provincetown. http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/guide-to-beaches.htm Eat lots of fresh seafood. Have a beer at the locals' Land Ho in Orleans. Stroll some of the Nat'l Seashore trails. http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/guide-to-trails.htm Watch seals at the fish pier in Chatham (or take a boat tour to Monomoy Island where they stay) and enjoy the shops and restaurants in the village. Take a whale watch. Rent bikes. Any historic stuff (http://www.oncape.com/activities/sanctuaries-museums-historical-sites) is minor IMO and best saved for a rainy day.
Aug 13, 2013 1:02 PM
2I don't know much about Cape cod. By reputation it is about ambiance and not about major attractions. The major attractions are "nearby" in places like Plymouth and Boston.
It has areas that are known for having very strong gay communities, but its not like the gays are zombies who scare off the non-gay people.
In general (and this is a very broad non-specific rule of thumb) the beaches here on the NE east coast have nice waves if they "face" east or NE which allows body surfing and boogey boarding (FUN!). The ones which face other directions fall into all sorts of categories.
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (islands a short distance off the south coast) have reputations as being upper-end places but since I have been to neither I cannot personally confirm that.
Whale watching and dolphin watching are popular, although I've been told that whale watching is seasonal, despite the fact that the boat owners will sell you a ticket any time of year. Kite flying is great in the early morning, and yes the area is known for its seafood.
Aug 13, 2013 3:20 PM
3The website for Cape Cod Transit has information about local bus connections around the cape, as does the website for the Cape Flyer (the train #1 mentions) -- follow the "My Final Destination" link.
Given that buses are a bit thin on the ground, you might consider renting bicycles as your means of getting around locally.
Aug 13, 2013 8:01 PM
Aug 14, 2013 6:03 AM
Aug 14, 2013 6:27 AM
Aug 14, 2013 7:05 AM
7I appreciate the delicate way in which you worded your post Amobr, but I don't think I have done anything wrong. I am physically disabled and therefore do spend a lot of time on the Internet.
I live not too far from Cape Cod, and despite having visited the area only once I think that if I speak of its reputation that's ok as long as it make clear when i am speaking from reputation and when I am speaking from personal knowledge.
Cape Cod really is home to a number of gay communities, but they are pretty cool and not at all scary.
The beaches of the NE really do generally have better waves when they face E or NE (the waves come form the NE Atlantic) than the one facing other directions.
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket really do have a reputation for being upper end, but I really have not checked them out for myself.
Whale-watching and dolphin-watching really are quite popular attractions, but the odds of a successful whale watch really are somewhat seasonal
Early AM kite-flying there really is good and seafood really is popular there.
If you'd like to point out some specific point where you think my post was incorrect I'd be happy to discuss it. (I am after all sometimes wrong). If you just want to do a general "neener-neener, you don't know what you're talking about," then I think our discussion is at a close.
Edited by: LongIslandBob
Aug 14, 2013 7:29 AM
8"It has areas that are known for having very strong gay communities, but its not like the gays are zombies who scare off the non-gay people."
It has Provincetown, one small town out of many on the Cape, which is as well-known for its art community as for its gay one. Where else on the Cape? And why would you even bring up their scaring people off?
"In general (and this is a very broad non-specific rule of thumb) the beaches here on the NE east coast have nice waves if they "face" east or NE which allows body surfing and boogey boarding (FUN!). The ones which face other directions fall into all sorts of categories."
In fact, boogie boarding and body surfing can be difficult on Cape Cod beaches in that direction because the waves can be too powerful. "In general", the bay beaches are quite calm and good for small children. Cape residents head for the ponds in the summer.
Yes, "a general "you don't know what you're talking about," now with a few specifics for readers to contemplate.
"Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (islands a short distance off the south coast) have reputations as being upper-end places but since I have been to neither I cannot personally confirm that."
Reputations. In fact, the Vineyard, for example, is a great day trip for anyone since public transportation is very good around the island. Its (arguably) most famous attraction is the colorful cottage colony founded by African-Americans who were hardly "upper end". Maybe you've been watching too much TV reportage about Mr. Obama's vacation.
"Whale watching and dolphin watching are popular, although I've been told that whale watching is seasonal, despite the fact that the boat owners will sell you a ticket any time of year".
Whale watches go from April to October, when the whales are there to see. I suppose TECHNICALLY the boat owners would sell you a ticket for a July whale watch date purchased in December, so TECHNICALLY you aren't 'exactly' lying on this FACT.
" Kite flying is great in the early morning.." when the wind is usually calmer and they don't get off the ground, , vs. the afternoons. Wind is also dependent on where (which side) of the Cape.
Aug 14, 2013 7:37 AM
Aug 14, 2013 7:51 AM
Aug 14, 2013 7:54 AM
11You seem like a nice guy who just wants to help out his fellow travelers and give out good travel advice.
Oh and avarice also means "avidness, covetousness, cupidity, graspingness . . . mercenariness, rapaciousness, or rapacity"
But feel free to follow though on whatever attitude problem it is you are having. As your fellow traveler I'll put up with it . . . until I don't.
Aug 14, 2013 8:48 AM
12"Oh and avarice also means "avidness, covetousness, cupidity, graspingness . . . mercenariness, rapaciousness, or rapacity"
None of which apply in this situation.
Nothing personal to gain. And no attitude problem whatsoever. That seems to be your province.
Me, I'm not a nice guy, not any kind of guy in fact. Why is it some guys can't admit to not being right?
Aug 14, 2013 9:02 PM
13What were we discussing, again? Oh yeh: Cape Cod.
Bob, I was a longtime resident, and you're way off target in almost everything you say about the Cape, the Vineyard and Nantucket. That's ok: everyone gets it wrong sooner or later. But digging in and defending stuff that's essentially indefensible doesn't seem like the best tactic.
amobr82 gives pretty good advice considering the vagueness of the OP.
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