One of the reasons that so many weekenders and week-long vacationers flock to Cape Cod is its casual and laid-back style that has just the slightest hint of old-fashioned elegance. According to travel and style gurus, if you’re planning a trip to this favorite destination, pack accordingly. Style of dress on Cape Cod is often referred to as neat-casual. Whether you’re dining at one of the many restaurants or boutique shopping, casual dress is accepted Cape-wide. However, it is suggested that you leave your beachwear at the beach where it belongs and throw on a cool pair of shorts and a T-shirt when you head into town.
Tourists experiencing Cape Cod for the first time should avoid any sort of chain restaurant or fast food establishment in their path. Instead, eat local and veer in the direction of one of the many locally owned and operated, one-of-a-kind eateries. You’re on the coast for goodness sake, right? Why chow down on a greasy hamburger when you could indulge in fresh seafood?
If you really want an adventure, consider chartering a boat and catching your own dinner. Do you like the idea of dining on the sea, but aren’t quite convinced that your fishing or cooking skills are up for the challenge? No problem. Vacationers who are willing to spend a few extra dollars can charter a boat that includes the fisherman and the chef. Now that’s a unique Cape Cod experience you won’t soon forget.
When to Visit
Cape Cod is a popular destination for tourists during the summer months, and with only 2 bridges to handle the traffic, it can get very crowded. The best times of the year to visit the Cape are what the travel industry calls the “shoulder months.” These are the months of the year that fall between the busiest season and the slowest season. For Cape Cod, the shoulder months are April/May and October/November.
Yes, if you’re looking for a beach-centered vacation, you may not have much luck during these months since the water tends to be chilly and the air can cool off quickly. However, you’ll score fantastic deals on hotels and have a chance to see the Cape for what it really is. During the busy summer months, the island is overflowing with people and the crowds can be almost unbearable on the weekends. For sanity’s sake and to experience the Cape the way it was meant to be seen, do yourself a favor and plan your vacation during these less popular tourist months.
Nobody wants to be called out for being the typical tourist, but Cape Cod has a number of wonderful tourist attractions that can make your vacation memorable. The following are just a few of the top-rated tourist attractions on the Cape:
- Cape Cod Rail Trail
- Wellfleet Drive-In
- Cape Cod National Seashore
- Monomoy National Refuge
- Sandwich Glass Museum
- Pilgrim Monument
Many popular tourist destinations are free or low cost, so you can make your budget stretch.
Planning Your Trip
First-timers can find plenty of resources online for planning their Cape Cod getaway, but if you’d rather let someone else plan your itinerary consider hiring a travel agent. There are plenty of travel agents that can answer all the questions you may have about breathtaking and relaxing Cape Cod vacations and help you find spectacular deals. What are you waiting for? Start planning your Cape Cod trip today.
SOURCE: CapeCod Chamber
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