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Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod: P-Town Tips and Photos!

Provincetown Cape Cod beaches
Cape Cod’s Provincetown is a fabulous beach getaway!

Best Beach Town in Massachusetts… or America?

Well, check YOU out, Massachusetts! Provincetown, MA — the tip of Cape Cod — was 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!

Provincetown, MA Commercial Street rainbow boas
Me having fun with boas on Commercial Street.

The Provincetown Ferry from Boston

Travel to Provincetown is easiest via the high-speed ferry from Boston 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.

P-Town harbor boats
Boats in P-Town harbor during the “Golden Hour.”

Hotels in Provincetown, MA

Yay! You’ve arrived! So, where to stay in Provincetown? The following are affiliates that provide a small commission at no extra expense to you. 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:

Commercial street Provincetown, MA
Commercial street’s famed shapes.

P-Town Rentals for Your Vacation

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 the affiliate link 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.)

Lobster roll P-Town
Dramatic lobster roll close-up.

Provincetown Restaurants… Lobster!

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.

Race Point Beach Provincetown
The walkway to Race Point Beach.

Beautiful Provincetown Beaches

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).

Provincetown beaches and kayaks
I love the colors and lines of this “resting boats” photo.

Commercial Street: Shopping Heart of P-Town 

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. T

hough 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!

Provincetown, MA purple house
Even the architecture in Provincetown is fun.

Rainbow Colored Buildings

If you enjoy that purple building from P-Town shown above and are interested in an international trip, I highly recommend the Caribbean island of Curacao for its colorful buildings! The word used in Curacao for “sweet and delightful” is “Dushi,” and Provincetown demonstrates dushi to the max.

P-town buoys
Wanna buy a buoy (or ten)?

Color and Art Everywhere

Another place around the world that has embraced public color is Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both P-Town and San Juan know how bright hues on buildings and public art can lift a person’s spirit.

Provincetown ferry
Looking back at the town from the pier to the ferry.

Other Colorful Places in America

Scrolling these P-Town photos, I’m reminded of some of the other rainbow-colored destinations I’ve toured around the world. The Corning Glass Museum in the Finger Lakes, NY (New York State, that is) for example, has a similar glowing exuberance.

Provincetown, MA Pilgrim Monument.
The iconic Pilgrim Monument at the center of town.

Art and Artists in P-Town

Provincetown has long been a haven for artists, in part because of its famed perfect light. (P-Town is on the tip of Cape Cod), and thus sunlight streams in from all sides. It’s one of the few places on the East Coast where it’s easy to see a sunSET over the ocean, as well as sunrise.

In fact, Provincetown is the oldest art colony in America!

Provincetown shopping arcade off Commercial Street.
A shopping arcade off Commercial Street.

Another Art Colony in America

The artist culture is so strong around P-Town that when I was visiting Lowe Mill artist studios in Huntsville, Alabama, many of the artists there had either spent time in Provincetown, MA or were in touch with other creatives there.

Provincetown beaches cape cod
Feathery flowers, sand, grass, and sky at Race Point Beach.

Pilgrims: History of Provincetown, MA

Here is a very important detail about the illustrious history of P-Town, Cape Cod: FOUR HUNDRED years ago, in 1620, the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown Harbor! Now you know why the town’s famous Pilgrim Monument is named as it is…

A riot of purple flowers.
A riot of purple flowers.

Check Events Before Planning a P-Town Vacation

In closing, I highly encourage a Provincetown, MA vacation, but do want to give you a warning: Carefully check the schedule on the Provincetown Chamber website to know what events are happening on any given week.

Provincetown is extremely popular, and there are frequent themed gatherings that affect accommodation availability, traffic, and so on. It’s sure still worth a visit, though!

Provincetown, MA blue building
Want to paint your house this electric blue design?

Do You Also Love Provincetown, MA?

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!

Travel tips on the Cape Cod town of Provincetown, MA: Beaches, P-Town fun, color and culture, great food, and lots of things to do. Easy fast ferry from Boston! #CapeCod #Provincetown #Ptown #Massachusetts #vacation #beaches
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Connie S Reed

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Wow! Gorgeous colorful photos. Based on your pics, I can understand why Provincetown was voted the #1 beach town in America.


Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Absolutely stunning!!! All the pics are so lovely out here and yeah that lobster roll seems really very yummyyyy. Keep posting :-) Cheers.

Rick Stevens

Friday 26th of August 2016

Beautiful place, and wonderful pictures.


Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Wow, what a pretty place! Love the colours and LOVE the look of that lobster roll!


Monday 22nd of August 2016

I visited once as a kid but between the beaches and that lobster roll I'd love to get back.

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