Orleans, MA (PRWEB) September 2, 2005
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, MarthaÂs 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 CapeÂs best beaches Â beaches which are truly for Âlocals only.Â 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 theyÂre 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 CodÂs 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, MarthaÂs 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.