Boston and the Cape

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    Jul 05, 2010 6:45 PM GMT
    Im going to be in Boston for a few days and was thinking about doing a day trip to the Cape Code area. Any suggestions or recommendations?

    I will probably rent a car in the morning, chill out at the beach, and then head back to Boston.
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    Jul 05, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    If you've never been then head all the way out to P-Town.

    If you want beaches with fewer crowds avoid the cape and head north to the Maine coastline.
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    Jul 05, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    It is beautiful there - have a great time! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    It's hard to do justice to the Cape in one day trip from Boston. In the summer the drive from Boston to P'town can easily take you 3 hours each way. There is a high-speed ferry to P'town and you can also fly. Those would be much more pleasant options for a day trip but then you'd be limited to just P'town instead of the whole Cape.
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    Yeah P-Town is sort of a gay mecca for New England. There are a lot of great areas in Boston too. The Cape is probably crazy busy and congested with traffic this time of year. There are some nice beaches though.
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    Boston depopulates somewhat during summer weekends when many people go to the Cape.
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    We had a fantastic vacation in P-Town, but we were there for several days. I guess you could do p-town in one day, but not sure if it'd do it justice.

    No matter what, have a great time!
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    Don't go. Sorry, I lived there for 8 years and hated it. Not originally from there which is part of the problem because I never adjusted. That being said, a ton of people do love Cape Cod... for whatever reason.
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    breakers said a ton of people do love Cape Cod... for whatever reason.
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    There are lots and lots of reasons, many but not all of them in P'town.
    Lobster? Clams? Beaches? Charming towns like Chatham and Harwich? And we haven't even started on P'town yet.
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    too bad you only have a day. nantucket and martha's vineyard are great places, and by taking the ferry and doing some biking you can really get away. let me know and i'll take you out sailing. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 06, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    Well thanks for the suggestions so far. I wasn't originally planning on going to the Cape on my Boston trip, but thought it would be cool to run a race in that area. I figured I would rent a car, get there early in the morning and run the race, and then hit up the beach for the rest of the day. I can't have a shower or anything (unless there are public showers in the area), so that is why I figured a day at the beach would be a great race follow-up. I might also drive around and visit some of the idyllic villages in the area (I'm from Texas, so scenic cities next to water is a foreign concept for me).

    I guess I am just wondering what are the "best" spots to visit in that region. I am going by myself, so I would like to avoid beaches that only attract families or senior citizens.
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    Jul 06, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    As someone mentioned there is a ferry to P-Town. Might be easier than driving in. There will be crowds any weekend.

    Or just avoid beaches. There are some wildlife management zones close to Boston. Renting a boat and spending the day there could be an alternative if that is an activity up your alley.
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    Jul 06, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    SavvyGentleman said visit some of the idyllic villages in the area (I'm from Texas, so scenic cities next to water is a foreign concept for me).
    I guess I am just wondering what are the "best" spots to visit in that region. I am going by myself, so I would like to avoid beaches that only attract families or senior citizens.

    The Cape towns are scenic but in the summer they're totally non-idyllic thanks to the mobs of tourists.
    If you want a non-family beach, the obvious choice is Herring Cove in Ptown. Take the ferry and rent a bike in Ptown to get to the beach.
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    Jul 06, 2010 2:22 AM GMT
    well if you're gonna be running a race down the cape then you'll probably be close to a beach somewhere around there. i've been to the beaches around chatham (my buddy's family has a cape house down there) and they're gorgeous.
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    Jul 06, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    heckyeah09 said i've been to the beaches around chatham (my buddy's family has a cape house down there) and they're gorgeous.

    Chatham does have terrific beaches and it's a picture-perfect Cape town. But it's as family-oriented as can be, which doesn't seem to fit the OP's agenda.