Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cape Cod, USA

Cape Cod Travel Tips

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 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.

Why Go: It's hard to compete with the New England calm found at the Cape. Littered with bed and breakfasts, Massachusetts' curling arm offers delicious seafood and miles of quiet shoreline. And although summer is the peak season, the remaining nine months provide a more romantic, intimate ambience. Plus, the discounted room rates make a stay here more enjoyable.

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.

Best Times to Visit Cape Cod

The best time to visit Cape Cod is during April, May, October or November. These shoulder months are far less crowded and expensive than the busy summer season, plus the weather is warm enough to enjoy the outdoor attractions. Visiting between June and September is best if you want a beach-centered vacation, but you'll pay through the nose for it. Plus, crowds get unbearable on holiday weekends. In contrast, the Cape is near abandoned from December through March. And hotel prices are cheap then. If you're looking for some time to curl up with a good book in quiet solitude, winter is the time for you.

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