My boyfriend from Ireland will be meeting me (from California) for a first time trip for both of us to Cape Cod on September 6 for 6 days and I'm having a difficult time deciding on which town to stay in. We hadn't planned on renting a car and was going to rely on public transportation. We are meeting in NY to visit with relatives first and were planning on taking the train into Cape Cod from Penn Station in NY. We want to stay somewhere quaint in Cape Cod but not dead, has the Cape Cod feel (not too modernized and congested with lots of people so away from the major crowds), within walking distance to a beach would be ideal (we both want to enjoy nice long walks on a lovely white sandy walkable beach daily if possible), accessible for a day trip each to Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard, nice quaint shopping (no chain stores, just local merchants and doesn't have to be tons of shopping either), nice bike trail(s) as we may want to go for a nice bike ride at least one day, fair amount of dining establishments (again, no chains). We had decided to NOT rent a car on the Cape because it sounded like the traffic wasn't worth it and we simply just wanted to relax on our vacation without having to drive anywhere, leave the driving up to others! If anyone thinks that NOT driving in the Cape is NOT a great idea, please chime in. I'm also not sure how convenient and easy the Public Transportation in getting around the Cape as it sounds like you have to catch different buses or lines depending on where u want to go on the Cape. Hope this helps you help us!