We are hoping to bring our late teen sons to NYC next August for 3-4 days , followed by 5-7 days at the coast. We are looking for somewhere we can easily get to from NYC in a rental car, with good beaches, maybe some surf for the boys, ideally a town with a good mix of shops and restaurants.
Please could anyone who is familiar with Cape Cod give me their opinion in general on whether this is a good plan, and specifically on the following:
*Traffic en route from NYC - exactly how bad is bad ? We are used to things like the M25 round London, anyone able to set in context how smooth or torrid the journey is likely to be ?! Multimap estimates NYC to Chatham about 5hrs, but is it realistic ?
*Recent weather in C/Cod seem to be nearly English (LOL) - has it just been a bad spell ?
Thanks for any advice.