Local Favorites of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If you have ever been to Cape Cod before, you might think you know all the ins and outs of the 560-mile coastline of this man-made peninsula, but- I’m here to tell you, there is so much more. I am going to take you on a virtual adventure through the land and sea that surrounds the beautiful ‘island’. Get ready for beauty, salty air, and lots and lots of amazing cuisine.
Locals and tourists alike flock to Cape Cod every summer to set their eyes–and their bums–on some of the most alluring beaches that the east coast has to offer. From calm, tranquil, bayside beaches in the ‘Mid Cape’ area; to colossal dunes, enormous waves, and great whites on the Atlantic in Wellfleet; Cape Cod has a beach to fit everyone’s taste.
First, I’ll take you to a well-favored beach in a quaint town named Dennis, called Mayflower Beach. Mayflower Beach is popular with both families and young adults for its tidal pools, sea life, soft white sand and the vast picture perfect landscape. The most captivating feature about this beach is the hundreds and hundreds of feet of tidal flats at low tide. Be sure that you get there early in the morning! This beach is so popular with locals and tourists alike that cars are lined up the road waiting to get in by 9 a.m.
After a long day soaking up the sun and swimming in the warm salt waters of Mayflower Beach, the best place to stop for a mouthwatering seafood dish is Sesuit Harbor Cafe. Overlooking the Northside Marina, known for its ‘relaxed’ atmosphere and famed for its lobster rolls, you simply can’t go wrong. Whether you’re looking for a salad, generously topped with lobster, fresh broiled fish, or fried seafood of any sort, this is the unrivaled eatery in Dennis. Don’t bother swapping the bathing suit for the little black dress tonight, because this classic Cape Cod clam shack offers a very casual dining experience on picnic tables right on the water. Come as you are, and bask in the raw beauty of the ocean while you devour the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted.
On your next adventure, I highly recommend taking a drive up the coastline to the National Seashore. In 1961, the Cape Cod National Seashore was created by President John F. Kennedy through the purchasing of over 40,000 acres of land along the Atlantic Ocean. On that land lies an old lifesaving station that was later turned into what is now known as The Beachcomber. It is the only ocean front restaurant the Cape has to offer, located directly on the beach and coincidently, one of the most sought after destinations by locals. Head straight down an old sand covered road (where you will eventually lose all cell service), to find the Beachcomber, where you will instantly be surrounded by music and laughter. During the day, you can enjoy fresh oysters and a cold drink only a few steps away from Cahoon Hollow Beach. The panoramic views that the Beachcomber has to offer are simply outstanding. Unlike Mayflower Beach, Cahoon Hollow Beach boasts enormous dunes and even bigger waves. You might even catch a glimpse of a great white shark, as they return to this area every summer. After 8 p.m., the atmosphere shifts, only allowing adults twenty-one or over. The Beachcomber is known and loved by all for its very lively nightlife full of live music, welcoming vibes and fresh salty air.
Now that I have taken you through a day in the life as a local, I hope you are inspired to visit Cape Cod and enjoy all of the natural beauty it has to offer. You will never find another place quite like it. See you soon!
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