Introducing the city

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About Cape Cod

Summertime favourite Cape Cod is a peninsula in Massachusetts with vintage lighthouses, kitsch galleries and rugged beaches. It's famed for quirky towns, a laid-back attitude and delicious seafood shacks.

Stretching into the Atlantic lies Cape Cod, a curved peninsula in the southeast of Massachusetts. Come summer, visitors flock to the area for its quaint seaside towns, rugged, unspoiled beaches and quirky, creative vibe. At the northern tip lies Provincetown, the landing place of the first European pilgrims (look out for the monument). The town is also home to Commercial Street, an arty promenade dotted with colourful boutiques and kitsch bars.

You'll find wonderfully rural beaches along the whole peninsula - Race Point, Herring Cove and Nauset are among the best. If you're planning to explore, hire a bicycle and follow one of the spectacular cycle paths. Cape Cod also boasts some of America's oldest and prettiest buildings, including several white stone churches and Nobska Point Lighthouse. Make sure you take time to wander along the wooden boardwalk in Sandwich before stopping off at the Glass Museum. After, stop at a clam shack for buttered or grilled shellfish and a cold beer.

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When Should You Visit?

July for warm temperatures and a buzzing, holiday atmosphere.

Cape Cod has a maritime climate although the waters that surround it mean parts of it occasionally fall into a subtropical category. It sees warm summers, cold winters and mild autumns. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and the coldest is January with an average temperature of minus four degrees Celsius. The wettest month is December. February also sees a large amount of snowfall.

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Travioor top tips

EAT LOCAL
CYCLE
BASEBALL

Insider Info

  • Enjoy some of the best shellfish in the USA at one of the area's traditional clam shacks - fried fish, buttered lobster and Nantucket scallops are all top choices.
  • Explore on two wheels on one of the Cape's extensive cycle trails - bike hire is readily available.
  • All Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) games are free to attend; one in seven Major-League Baseball players have played in the Cape's league.

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Food and drink

Main Course £19.64 | $25.00

3-Course Meal £76.59 | $97.50

Cappuccino £3.93 | $5.00

Beer £4.71 | $6.00

The Scene

Cape Cod doesn't just have good restaurants, it has a local psyche completely ingrained with the sourcing, the preparing and the eating of seafood. Freshly caught catch of the day is available in nearly every restaurant with poached buttered lobster, fried clams and grilled fish common menu staples. Snack on a lobster roll (usually served with an onion bun), peppered shrimp or bacon scallops. For a sweet treat opt for a creamy ice-cream from one of the kitsch parlours.

Drinking spots are available in abundance, with plenty of the seafront bars serving up a range of mouth-watering sundowner cocktails. Get into the spirit of things with a Cape Codder (vodka, cranberry and lime) or sample delicious Californian or French wines at one of the upscale restaurants around Barnsaple, Yarmouth or Hyannis.

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History

Cape Cod's Story

Cape Cod has a rich and varied history with different settlers arriving over the centuries. Originally inhabited by the Nauset Indians, it was one of the first places that European colonists discovered, thanks to its coastal location. The first explorer to reach the Cape is widely believed to have been Giovanni da Verrazzano. The first pilgrims arrived in 1620 and were soon followed by others who established settlements around the harbour.

Over the following centuries the area suffered due to poor soil quality and deforestation (often at the hands of local farmers). By the 1950s Cape Cod had began to recover as many farmers left in search of better farming opportunities; it had also become a popular holiday destination in the 1800s. Today it is a protected area and popular with holidaymakers from across the USA and beyond.

Language

English

The official language spoken in Cape Cod is English, although it is laced with the New England accent. This accent is somewhat similar to the heavier Boston accent and is historically referred to as the 'Yankee' dialect. The following are examples of how you may hear words spoken:

'Pond' pronounced as 'Pawned'

'Bar' pronounced as 'Bah'

'Park the car' pronounced 'Pawhk the cawh'

Need to know

+1 205 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Taxis are widely available but extremely expensive. You'll usually need to pre-book too. 
  • Always be aware of the weather and swim in areas with lifeguards when on the beach; rip currents aren't uncommon. 
  • As an outdoorsey destination there are a few natural nasties to be aware of including deer ticks, posion ivy and mosquitoes. 
  • Bars may not like selling alcohol to those with an out-of-state ID card (like a driving license). Take a passport if possible.

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the USA here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. FOOD FESTIVALS

Time your visit with a food festival; it's a great way to try local seafood plus learn from the pros how to prepare dishes using traditional techniques.

2. Provincetown

Shop for unique art pieces, handmade jewellery or local trinkets on Commercial Street in Provincetown. Alternatively, head to the town's historic museum.

3. Nature Trails

Explore one of the extensive nature trails, home to wildlife and beautiful marshland. Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary is one of the best (dawn or dusk are great times to go).

4. Hit the Beach

If you're here in the summer months hit the beach with a BBQ, beer and your favourite people. It's what all the cool kids are doing.

5. Lighthouses

Cape Cod is famed for its vintage (and historic) lighthouses, keep an eye out for the most iconic - Chatham and Nobska are particularly pretty.


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