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Cape Cod

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Cape Cod

Hi,

I am visiting New England at the end of March and would like to take a trip to Cape Cod from Boston. I believe that from Boston we would go to Provincetown (is this right?). I was then thinking of spending a night in Provincetown and a night in Hyannis (with the intention of then going to Martha's Vineyard). Is this too much/enough time to have a look round and make the most of this short trip?? Any advice would be much appreciated! thanks!

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Provincetown is one of the best towns on the Cape to visit off-season. It's a lively place, with many restaurants and inns staying open year round. You may not need to spend a night in Hyannis if you're going over to Martha's Vineyard. Distances on the Cape are really not that great. I assume you will have a car and would be driving from Boston to P-town. You should plan on at least a couple of hours drive depending on traffic.

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Hi Mistee,

Your drive to Prvncetown from Boston will take 2 1/4 hours if you go the most direct route (Rt. 6) and you will not get much of a feeling for the cape....but if your goal is to get to Provincetown the fastest way by car then that's what you should take. There is a 13 mile stretch of one lane driving with no passing so leave an extra 15 minutes in case you end up behind a school bus. Provincetown is a very popular destination at the "fist" of the cape and a must see place. I am assuming you know about the diverse population that makes the town so interesting and that you will enjoy the creativitiy and livelines that comes with the 'territory". Why not stay one (or two) nights in Provincetown, take a leisurely drive to Woodshole (about 1 1/2 hours) find a place to stay and explore the upper cape towns of Falmouth and Sandwich. Then you can easily day-trip to MV if you really feel the need to experience the island. With only 3 days I would advise you to skip the island and instead visit the National Seashore in Eastham, walk the streets of the quant town of Chatham and visit some shops/museums in Sandwich. If you want a more comprehensive guide to the Cape and Islands search our Kim

Grants "Explorer's Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands" A great reference with suggested day trips in each town. Good luck!

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Hi again, I should have re-read my last post. It should read search OUT Kim Grants book. sorry for the confusion!

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Thank you for the replies. We are actually relying on public transport to get around as I am not confident about driving on the other side of the road, especially not knowing really where I am going! I believe it is possible to get a bus and ferry from Boston to Provincetown. Does anyone know if this is correct (and easy enough)? Also, is it quite easy to get around the cape by public transport? thanks...

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Unfortunately, it is not easy to get around the Cape on public transportation. There is a ferry, but not in March. Bus schedules are very limited. The Plymouth & Brockton Bus Line does go to Provincetown, their sight is www.p-b.com.

Driving is really the only way to get around the Cape, especially off season. Give it some thought, after all we're all driving on the other side of the road - and the traffic on the Cape will be light.

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Hi Mistee,

You can do it! If we can drive on YOUR side of the road you can drive on OURS, and you know? It's pretty easy once you get going with it! It should only take about an hour to get used to it and that's it.

I'm going to Ireland in June and picking up that Euro car right at that Shannon airport. The thing we do is get an automatic car, we won't get the manual shift because your manual shift is completely set up different than ours! So just make sure you get a car here that's got an automatic shift, that's all and the majority of them here already are set up that way any way, you won't have any problems at all.

There's a really good site to go to that lists all the attractions on the Cape and it also has Car Rentals and Hotel Guides on the side to give you an idea of them....

www.attractionguide/cape cod

If you end up taking the bus down to Provincetown it'll let you off right at the Chamber of Commerce building there.

I think you should rent a car too. You'd enjoy it much more where it's off season when you're on the Cape! It'll be really easy to get used to the roads that way, plus their roads won't be filled with tourists like it is in the height of the summer months. Go ahead, go for it, you'll be fine.

Have a great time and you know, no matter what you decide to do? You'll have a wonderful time, it'll be a good trip!

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Hi Mistee,

You will have a much better chance of experiencing the cape if you drive but if you really can't bring yourself to try it and if cost is not a factor you might want to consider getting a car and driver. Try this site for more info http://www.24taxi.com/

Also, Cape Air has flights from Boston to Provincetown. You won't need a car in P-town so perhaps you could just fly in, enjoy the sights in Provincetown one day, hire a taxi to drive you around the outer cape a bit one day , taxi to Woodshole and catch a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or taxi to Hyannis and catch a fast ferry to Nantucket. You won't need a car on Nantucket or MV and they both have better public transportation to get around.

But I encourage you to drive yourself. It's only our "round-abouts" that might get a bit confusing ...but just get behind someone and follow them around!

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Hi - it is true most of our vacation places assume a car is available, but I think there are more frequent bus trips from Boston to Hyannis than to P'town so you might want to check that out if you are hesitant about driving.