New Yorkers are constantly looking to escape the stress of the big apple and when summer rolls around, a beach vacation is exactly what they need. For many, the Hamptons have been a longtime favorite getaway due to its proximity and elegance. However, in recent years the Hamptons have become a haven for the rich and famous, causing prices to inflate dramatically, and forcing those seeking an affordable beach vacation to look elsewhere.
Overlooked Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or known to the locals as “the Cape,” is the perfect alternative for a beach vacation for New Yorkers. Located only four hours Northeast of Manhattan by car or bus, Cape Cod, the destination of thousands during the summer months, makes a perfect getaway from the city. With everything that the Hamptons have to offer and more, few will be disappointed.
On the Cape, accommodations can be found anywhere from a a night camping adventure to a 0 a night stay at five star luxury hotel. On average, a room at a four star hotel with a pool, a tennis court, beach access, and a continental breakfast costs around 0 on the Cape, as opposed to the 0-0 a night one would pay at the same type of establishment in the Hamptons. Also, in the Hampton’s, the choice of staying in a lower cost establishment such as a campground, inn, bed & breakfast or cottage isn’t offered as it is on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod is world renowned for its seafood; however, food on the Cape can be found in all varieties and for all budgets. For the price conscious consumer who wants to get a taste of that famous Cape Cod seafood, try one of the many fried seafood outdoor shacks that are local favorites or stop by one of the several locations of Cook’s Seafood, often frequented by those prominent faces of the food network. Looking for more of an upscale place? For upscale diners, there are countless restaurants overlooking the ocean. Meals may be a little pricey, but the delicious seafood and a beautiful atmosphere make it a worthwhile dining experience. If clams or lobster don’t tickle your fancy, then try one of the many family owned restaurants scattered throughout the Cape, with tasty home-cooked meals starting at just . Whether it’s a formal Italian restaurant, where a suit and an evening gown are part of the ambiance, or a clam shack on the side of the road, your taste buds will never be dissatisfied while vacationing on the cape.
Whether you are on a family vacation or a romantic trip for two, Cape Cod has something to offer everyone, ensuring a vacation full of activity and fun. Famous for its National Seashore, a stretch of beautiful beaches known worldwide; there is no shortage of fun in the sun when it comes to Cape Cod. In addition to beaches, other outdoor activities that are popular on the Cape include bike riding on the famous Cape Cod Rail Trail, mini-golfing at any of the extravagant mini-golf courses, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and of course, venturing to the outstanding islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. For a rainy day or to get a break from the sunshine, there are numerous museums to visit, including the John F. Kennedy museum in Hyannis.
Cape Cod has everything the Hamptons have to offer and much more at a fraction of the cost. The only advantage to the Hamptons is its location. Yet this advantage is easily offset by the overall cost. If you are willing to make the four hour trip, then Cape Cod is the best beach vacation deal for New Yorkers considering both cost and fun.