Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The Cape may boast nearly 560 miles of stunning shoreline, but there is more to do
here than sit on a picture-perfect beach, reading a relaxing book and working on
your golden tan…not that there’s anything wrong with that!
You can explore the
15 distinctive towns, the area’s arts and culture, quaint shops, plentiful events and
festivals, and countless historic sites and landmarks. Cape Cod also offers fine dining
experiences, New England’s best golf, self-guided nature trails, unique bicycle trails,
scenic overlooks and unique attractions like the Cape Cod Winery.
Best Time to Visit Cape Cod Massachusetts
As for visiting, the Cape is at its tourist peak from mid-May to mid-September, when seasonal transients pack up their SUVs and head South. The Cape is at its best - visually - in the fall. Mostly mild days abound, but the water is still luke-warm enough to swim.Hotels generally drop their rates in the fall, although more and more travelers are starting to sneak in each year.
Average Cape Cod Weather
During the summer, it's rare for the temperature to rise above 80 degrees. The water is usually swimmable by July (although some travelers risk the seemingly frigid temperatures and bite the bullet). Spring is a mild time in Cape Cod -- as far as climate is concerned. Spring is a time of change in Cape Cod. Restaurants and hotels begin opening again (usually around April) and seasonal residents begin pouring in for the summer. Winter is a fairly quiet time on the Cape. While year-round residents aren't left with absolutely nothing to do, it is true that they are left with peaceful, barren beaches and chilly nights. Cape-goers are blessed in the fall, when prices start going down and the leaves begin to change. This time of year is probably the best -- visually.
Those driving to the Cape will find that it's accessibly by two main highways - Routes 6 and 28. Route 6 (also called the Mid-Cape Highway) is the primary road through the Cape, and Route 28 is more scenic, running from Bourne Bridge to Orleans.
Travelers to the Cape may want to have access to a car while visiting, especially those who plan to take in more than one region. But, keep in mind that traffic is a nightmare due to the area's popularity.
If you're planning on spending a day or two in Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, you can rely on ferries to transport you to both islands. Ferries can be accessed in Woods Hole and Hyannis - both within an hour of other spots along the Cape.