Well, check YOU out, Massachusetts! Provincetown, MA — the tip of Cape Cod — was just named the #1 beach town in all of America by Travel and Leisure Magazine! I shall now support that thesis by sharing 17 gorgeous photos of the town that I snapped during my visit this summer. Perhaps this will be a motivating kick in the rump for folks to visit P-Town before the weather turns cold!
Travel to Provincetown is easiest via the high-speed ferry from Boston (click for discounted tickets) which takes just 90 minutes… and is a tourist attraction in itself. Drink in the salt-slapped air, watch the nautical sights, and join the spontaneous parties on deck if you’re so inclined! The alternative is a 3-hour (or longer) drive from Boston, which can be pleasant if you prepare for possible traffic delays, take the journey at the speed it comes, and have a plan for parking upon arrival if it’s the high season.
Yay! You’ve arrived! So, where to stay in Provincetown? Below are TripAdvisor’s top hotels in P-town, which you can click on to check availability and automatically compare rates to get the best deal:
- The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s (which is where we stayed this summer and loved)
- The Seaglass Inn & Spa (well-reviewed, and located between beach and town)
- Cape Colony Inn (a great budget option outside of the town center)
Another accommodation option which is particularly affordable for groups is to rent a house or condo. My favorite site for this is Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO), and you can click here for an easy link to P-Town rental options. It’s an interesting calculus with Provincetown about whether it makes more sense to do a day trip versus staying a night or more, but I’m of the school that if you CAN stay overnight, it’s worth it to get the full Cape relaxation experience… and taste the nightlife if you desire! (Cue thumping club beats.)
Mmm… how do you feel after seeing that luscious lobster roll photo? Food is a top reason to visit Provincetown, which you can read about in depth (yes, with more drool-inducing pictures) in my previous article on the most delicious yet affordable food of P-Town. Hint: There’s a dish in there that you wouldn’t expect in a beach town, but it is tasty as heck.
What about the beaches? Right in the center of town, there are sweet little beaches such as the one pictured below, but the real expanse-of-white-sand gems are a few minutes outside of town: Race Point Beach (pictured above and in the first photo of this article), and Herring Cove Beach (famous for its sunsets since its ocean horizon faces west).
While I love beaches, I had even more fun in Provincetown wandering Commercial Street: the central shopping strip bursting with colorful goods, quirky architecture, and the best people watching for miles around. Though there’s plenty to buy — art, clothes, food, trinkets, and more — you don’t have to spend a penny to have a delightful day of window shopping. Let’s stroll and see!
So what do you think? Does Provincetown seem like a spot you’d like to visit? If you’ve been, what tips would you add? Comment away!
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