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1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

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1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

Hi, my family are looking to come to Cape Cod next summer from UK and are looking for some tips. We love the US and are looking for a lovely beach holiday not too far drive from Boston. Would also consider north of Boston. We would welcome any advise/tips or holiday ideas. Ideally would like self catering, 3 beds. Thanks

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1. Re: 1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

So you want to do Cape Cod and something North of Boston? Why not do Rockport? Or up a bit further Portsmouth NH?

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2. Re: 1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

You can reach the Upper and Mid Cape areas with a drive of less than two hours. Is that what you had in mind?

If so then read through the questions on the right side here to begin to get some appealing ideas and don't forget to look at an online map as well.

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3. Re: 1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

Hi there: You can take a ferry from Boston right into Provincetown. You won't need a car while in Ptown; you will benefit from having a rental car once there to explore the rest of Cape Cod. There's an Enterprise car rental in Orleans that 'delivers'.

You might also consider driving from Boston to one of the upper Cape towns (on the lower end of Cape Cod...check a map and you'll see). This included Falmouth or Sandwich. Nice little towns with nice beaches. Still quaint and with a real New England atmosphere.

Take a look at the the Frequently Asked Questions on the right side of the screen for information on "How to Find the Perfect Rental" and "Which Cape Town".

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4. Re: 1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

The Cape is really not far from Boston.

If you like to swim I would recommend the Cape over any place north of Boston as the water is freezing up there. I can swim in pretty cool water but do not enjoy the water temps north of Boston. On the other hand if you do not care about that the beaches and coast are beautiful.

From Logan Airport in Boston I can get to Dennis, the mid-Cape, in an easy hour and a half, obviously not at rush hour.

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5. Re: 1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

Take a look at Orleans where we have been staying for many years. Some websites: www.wilkinsonre.com for a realtor we have used many times or www.weneedavacation.com

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6. Re: 1st time to Cape Cod - where to stay, near Boston?

Cape Cod will fit the bill for a lovely beach vacation! Depending on your time frame the upper & mid Cape sections might be the best for your needs. Check out Sandwich, Falmouth, Barnstable, Yarmouth, & Dennis. Many things to do & a variety of beaches.

If you are pressed for time you could stop along the South Shore of Boston and fit in the beach portion of your trip. Check out Marshfield, Duxbury & Plymouth - these towns have some great beaches without the Cape traffic.

As previously mentioned there is the ferry from Boston to Provincetown but only staying in Provincetown could be very limiting (my opinion)

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