Summer is, hands down, the BEST time for a trip – and what better way to kick off the summer month is by celebrating Memorial Day Week On Cape Cod.
During the summer high season, make June the month to come. Then, you’ll find the best prices and small crowds, mainly because most New England children are still in school.
Try to make a point to travel mid-week – Sunday through Thursday – when you’ll find exceptionally lower rates and better hotel availability.
The high season on Cape Cod typically runs Memorial Day weekend – which is the unofficial kick-off to summer – through Labor Day weekend. Expect huge crowds and lots of traffic during that time – especially on the 4th of July.
Fall is another popular time to vacation on Cape Cod, although it is less crowded and the temperatures are cooler. Many Cape Cod attractions and restaurants also begin to shut down for the winter season after Labor Day, with as much as three-quarters of Cape Cod businesses closed by New Year’s Day.
Getting Around Cape Cod
Travel around Cape Cod in the summer isn’t for the faint of heart. Traffic on the Sagamore and Bourne bridges can be extremely heavy on the weekends. Major back ups are also commonly reported in the center of many of Cape Cod’s small village towns and along the Cape’s main thoroughfares – Route 6, 6A, and 28.
Your best bet?
Travel on a weekday or leave early in the morning or late in the evening on a Saturday.
Go to the beach or other Cape Cod attractions early because parking lots fill up – fast! For instance, National Seashore Beach parking lots – like Coast Guard, Nauset Light, and Marconi – have limited parking capacity. Arrive early to ensure a spot – which are $15 per day. Or, you can buy a National Seashore Season Parking Pass for $45 if you’ll be visiting for more than three days.
Cape Cod buses are a convenient option for people who don’t like to be behind the wheel in traffic. Bus service in the area is provided by the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. P&B Buses also run along the popular Route 6, which connects towns between Hyannis all the way up to Provincetown.
Express buses also run from Hyannis and Barnstable to downtown Boston and Logan Airport.
Planning Your Cape Cod Hotel Stay
Cape Cod resorts are dotted up and down the peninsula. Some are family-friendly. Some cater to an older crowd. Be sure to find a hotel that is affordable and suits your needs.
Many hotels also offer Family Memorial Day Weekend Cape Cod packages. Be sure to ask for discount deals for other times during the year as well.
With a little planning and forethought, your Cape Cod vacation can be an exciting adventure or a relaxing respite.
Book your trip today!