Cape Cod, Boston's playground, is where New Englanders go to dig their toes into the sand. Yet for sun-and-surf-loving honeymooners from any region, it's worth a visit.
Along the undeveloped, 40-mile-long Cape Cod National Seashore on the Atlantic, every town has its pristine wide beach. Each morning deep-sea fishing charters head for the ocean, and boat captains seem to have a seventh sense about where striped bass, bluefish, shark, and tuna run.
Whale-watching expeditions can yield as many as a hundred sightings on a single trip to the Atlantic. Back on land, nature lovers and bird-watchers may take a self-guided tour through the Audubon Society's Wildlife Sanctuary in Falmouth.
Provincetown: On the Edge
On the tip of Cape Cod, miles of beach coast edge the peninsula where Provincetown is located.
At the Provincetown Art Association and Museum visitors find books that detail the area's history and artistic residents who called this place home. For a truly exhilarating and romantic experience, horseback riders can follow a trail that takes them over the dunes at sunset.
The Islands of Cape Cod
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are magical islands off the Cape. Swimmers find the unexpectedly warm water around Martha's Vineyard's powdery south shore beaches a delight. Other honeymooners play tennis and golf here. From the air, silver-shingled rooftops distinguish Nantucket, a former 19th century whaling town. It's reachable by plane, boat, or ferry. New arrivals often convert to two-wheel transportation, bicycling down flat roads to reach the wide public beaches ringing the island.
Should one of you like the city while the other prefers the beach, consider starting off or ending your trip to Cape Cod with a few days in Boston. The compromise will ease you gently into marriage.
Where to Stay
Cape Cod has every kind of lodging from B&Bs to venerable old inns to motels (there aren't a lot of major hotels here; they'd overwhelm the environment). Chatham Bars Inn, which opened in 1914, is in the style of a grand old hotel. Guests can choose to stay in the main inn or a semi-private cottage.
If you prefer going off on your own, investigate short-stay house rentals in Hyannis, Truro, Wellfleet and other summer havens.
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