Fall is Best Time to Visit Cape Cod; Survey of Locals Reveals Top Reasons

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Everyone knows that summertime is a great time to visit Cape Cod. But it's not necessarily the best time. Cape Cod locals reveal why they tell friends to visit in Fall.

Each summer millions of tourists visit Cape Cod for a vacation between Memorial Day and Labor Day. With 600 miles of coastline and 150 fresh and saltwater beaches, the Cape is a great place to get away from the heat. However, locals believe that fall is truly the best time to visit.

MoreBeach.com, a website that provides detailed information about Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, recently completed a survey of Cape Cod locals on when they tell friends to visit and why. Fall was the universal choice for time of year. Following are the most popular reasons:

  • Crowds are gone - There are no more miles-long backups getting onto and off of the Cape. Waiting at restaurants is over. Beach parking lots have plenty of spaces, bike trails are wide open and getting a tee time for golf is a snap. It's even possible for a car to make left-hand turn again!
  • The weather is perfect - It's comfortably warm during the day and nicely cool at night. The sky is a brilliant blue and the lower angle of the sun creates stronger shadows that inspire artists. Sunrises and sunsets are fantastic.
  • No more bugs. Bites from greenhead flies and the tiny flying pinheads that locals call "noseeums" are fees, like beach parking, paid only from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Free access to all beaches - During summer you need to have a town beach sticker to visit many of the Cape’s best beaches – beaches which are truly for “locals only.” There is no reciprocity between towns so a sticker from Sandwich, for example, will not be helpful in Wellfleet. In the summertime the beaches that are available to the public often charge parking fees of $15 per day. After Labor Day all of the beaches are open and the parking fees are gone. In early fall the water is still warm enough to enjoy.
  • Prime time for bird watching - Cape Cod is a rest stop for birds migrating south for the winter. The marshes and ponds are great for viewing.
  • Off season lodging rates and great shopping - Ten years ago much of the Cape closed up after Labor Day. Not anymore. Today all of the best shops remain open through Christmas. Season activities are plentiful.
  • Friendlier locals - Cape Codders smile again when the tourist deluge becomes a drizzle. Just stop and ask one where you can get the best "chowdah."
  • Fall foliage late in the season - When the leaves have peaked in New Hampshire and Vermont they’re just getting started on the Cape - until then, flowers of all shapes and colors are still in bloom.
  • Great surfing - Hurricanes following the Gulf Stream often send clean overhead waves to Cape Cod’s Atlantic beaches. Join in or just watch the fun.
  • Fishing is great in the Fall - The stripers will be biting. Striped bass put up a fantastic fight and taste great too.

You can visit all of the beaches on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket online at http://www.MoreBeach.com. MoreBeach.com offers recent photographs of every beach along with comprehensive links for lodging, restaurants, shopping, fishing, golf and a host of other Cape Cod activities.


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