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Summer dreaming is even more peaceful when you’ve got a specific destination in mind, and it’s best when that destination is Cape Cod. The Cape is one of the most stunning and relaxing places for a getaway, but with all there is to see and do, it can be a little bit overwhelming. These insider tips will help to make your first or next time to Cape Cod truly unforgettable.

Don’t go to the first lobster shack you see.

Seafood in the region is sublime, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some places that hit the ball out of the park. Do your research and make sure that when you’re shelling out for lobster (pun intended), it’s worth it. Chatham Fish and Lobster and Mac’s Seafood are a couple local favorites.

Stay somewhere meaningful.

There are so many unique lodging options in Cape Cod that it’s a shame to stay at your usual hotel. Why not stay at a local B&B in Yarmouth that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places? The interactions you get with the innkeepers and the unique memories made are invaluable.

Don’t just stay on the beach.

We love a good beach day, but the little towns in the area are great to explore, too. Yarmouth is a favorite, but others enjoy whale watching in Provincetown or taking a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.

Drive, but beware the traffic.

Public transportation, unfortunately, is spotty at best in Cape Cod, and taxis are hard to come by and expensive. You and every other tourist is driving around the Cape, which means traffic in the late spring and summer can be rough. 

Read up on local events.

There are tons of local events in the towns around Cape Cod, especially during the summer. A lot of these aren’t heavily advertised and are a great way to meet locals. Vacationers love going to summer concerts through The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod to enjoy local music and watch the sunset.

Wear sunscreen.

This is a great tip for most vacation spots, but it’s definitely important for Cape Cod. There’s nothing worse than being miserable all week because you burnt the first time you went out!

Wake up early.

Beat the traffic, get a good spot on the beach, and watch the beautiful Cape Cod sunrise by setting your alarm a little earlier. Waking up early on vacation can be a pain, but sometimes it’s worth it.

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