Cape Cod Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Dress neat-casual Cape-wide, dress codes rarely go beyond casual; still, beachwear isn't appropriate away from the shore. It's best if you leave your rattiest sweatshirts at home.
- Eat very local Noshing on fried scallops and clams at a dinky seafood shack is a must -- the closer to the ocean, the fresher the fish. If you're feeling adventurous, you can always charter a boat to fish for your supper or dig for your own oysters in Wellfleet.
- Traffic is a problem With only two bridges, getting on and off the Cape can be a production, especially in the high season. Avoid commuting on Friday and Sunday afternoons at all costs. Stay up-to-date on traffic conditions by dialing 511, the automated MassDOT Traffic service.
There's something delightfully odd about Cape Cod. More affordable than the nearby Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket islands, this place -- known as "the Arm" of Massachusetts or simply "the Cape" to locals -- is a main summer retreat for New England mainlanders. Life moves at a slower pace here -- larger towns like Dennis and are just getting Wi-Fi -- but that's part of the charm. After bottlenecking on the island's two bridges, the tourists spread out along the seashore while the more glamorous visitors (Broadway stars, Major League Baseball swingers and the Kennedy Clan) softly clink glasses in the ritzy yacht clubs. Even in the dead of off-season, you can appreciate the quiet calm that comes with a Cape Cod visit. Somewhere amid the glass-blowing demonstrations, harbor seal-spotting tours and the view from atop the Pilgrim Monument in funky -- and gay friendly -- Provincetown, you'll realize why Cape "Natives" are so protective of their turf.