Favorite thing: There are two places that you can find a public bathroom in Provincetown. One of them is in the town hall on Commercial Street, but this bathroom often has a long line, especially in the summertime. The other is at the entrance to the pier on Ryder Street. Just look for the place where all of the tour buses are parked and the bathroom will be right in front of it--or ask a bus driver. These bathrooms are much better. They are big, clean and staffed by full-time attendants.
Our entertainment was hanging out at the beaches. My son wanted 'big surf' and my daughter 'medium surf'. Well.....you can find almost anything there if you go to the right places. The Bay side of the Cape is more sheltered so the waves are almost mere ripples, but that is good for little ones. The water is generally shallow and in high tide one can walk out into the water at waist level forever. On the Atlantic side there is more exposure and therefore better surf although when we were there even that was unimpressive. Wave height varies a lot from day to day depending on the weather; it's a hit-or-miss deal. I noticed that the sand on the Bay side is more coarse and rocky, and on the Atlantic side it's finer. The sand color ranges from light tan to almost a gold color. I was a disappointed beach-comber until our last day there when I actually found a few crab shells.....I think there are just too many people around and the nicest shells are snatched up quickly. We did find a host of sanddollars on the sea floor while swimming on the Bay side, but taking live creatures out of the beach area is illegal. Almost all of the beaches have bathroom/changing room facilities and snack bars. There is an entrance fee to the beaches that averages $10 USD a day but after 5 pm that is reduced or sometimes entrance is free. Almost all the public beaches are closed from midnight to 6AM. They are well-patrolled by the park service. For an additional fee and a permit obtained from the local town offices you can build fires on the beaches...something I would have loved to do but didn't get a chance to. But there is always next time!
Fondest memory: Not to be forgotten is the Cape Cod National Seashore, acres and acres of land along the shore and inland that are preserved. There are bike paths galore and walking trails that weave through low-growing shrubs and sanddunes. In June the beach-roses bloom in a blaze of deep pink, white, and magenta blooms...one of the only flowers that can withstand the winter winds and cold of the area.
There is someone I know who I'd like to walk with along such a beach as shown below, who loves the sea as much as I do, enjoying the sea breeze....sunsets like these bring out the romantic side of people.
Favorite thing: See Commercial Street. This is Provincetown's bustling main thoroughfare, where the sidewalks can't hold the masses of summer tourists and they often spill into the road, making driving quite unpleasant but the atmosphere great for pedestrians. The street is lined by restaurants, shops, bars, clubs- you name it. If you're looking for action in Provincetown, this is where to find it. The most frequented section is around Town Hall and MacMillan Wharf. In the East and West Ends the crowds tend to fade. The buildings are all colourful Victorian varieties inviting visitors.
Favorite thing: Provincetown appears to be a quaint little village by sea. But looks can be deceiving. It is actually a very gay/lesbian friendly vacation destination. The streets are very crowded with pedestrians. Driving is almost impossible on the main street during the tourist season. Just outside of the town is a beach behind large sand dunes.
visit the Pilgrim Memorial - High Pole Hill - Open 9AM to 5PM (7PM July & August). Price : 5$.
Fondest memory: The tower of 83 meters high is dedicated to the Mayflower, arrived to Provincetown in 1620. With this ship begun the definitive settlements in America (See the photographs of the copy of the Mayflower in my Boston page).
Visit in the Fall
September and October are by far the best time to visit the Cape. There are no crowds, the temps can still be in the 80s, and the changing colors can be spectacular! You'll feel like you own the place.
The most important activity is people watching. I'm a photographer also (see johnnyriggs.com) and love watching faces go by, taking photographs, etc. Spend a lot of time in town, walking Commercial St.,
soaking up the local color.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is almost always from the previous year. I love getting on my bike with my honey and riding into town. Immediately cramming a lobster in my craw.
Bath on one of the beaches of Cape Cod.
Fondest memory: This one is in Sandwich. Be aware : the accesses to the beach are generally private and the parking of non resident cars is only possible after 4PM (!?).
Favorite thing: Provincetown is a centre for sheer vacational hedonism. A delightful town, beautiful beaches in the immediate surrounds, glorious scenery, some great restaurants and plenty of evening entertainment.
Favorite thing: Walk through downtown Provincetown. It's very crowded as you can see by this picture, but also a lot of fun, with interesting and colorful shops and restaurants and outdoor eateries.
There is lots of fresh seafood available in P-town.
Lobster, steamers, prawns, you name it.
And all at decent prices too.
Fondest memory: A big lobster dinner!
Favorite thing: walk around the town a bit. There are plenty of art shops, craft stores, and great resturaunts to choose from. Also, it may be worth your while to visit the monument to get a great view of the cape.