As you begin planning your Cape Cod vacation, you may be wondering when the best time to visit would be. There’s nothing worse than visiting Paris when the Eiffel Tower is under maintenance, the Grand Canyon during wildfires with smoke obscuring the views, or taking an off-season visit to Amsterdam and discovering the Ryijksmuseum is under renovations and only a small portion is open to the public. We at New England Vacation Rentals want to ensure that you get to see and do everything during your adventures on Cape Cod, and this guide to the best times to visit will help you do just that!

The Shoulder Seasons

The shoulder seasons are the times in between the season and off season, and on Cape Cod, the months that consist of the shoulder seasons are May & June and September & October. In May and September, the temperatures are absolutely perfect, offering sunny days with highs in the low 70s, and because the crowds have either not just started their summer vacation or are back at home with the kids preparing to go back to school, the lines at restaurants will be shorter and the beaches will be less crowded. These are the months when visitors can feel as if Cape Cod is their own personal playground and the quiet days and nights will be a boon to frazzled souls.

Summer for the Win

To get a true Cape Cod experience, however, visiting during the height of the summer season is a must do! Yes, the streets will be more crowded, and the beaches will be filled with summer travelers, all seeking a little salt air therapy in a world that isn’t always kind, but the smiles on your fellow travelers’ faces will be contagious, and although we won’t say you will make lifelong friends, there develops a kind of camaraderie between Cape Cod visitors that enhances your vacation experience! Enjoying bonfires on the beach, (with proper permits) exploring our nation’s history in the spots where it all began, even enjoying an ice cream on a warm summer day—these traditional summer activities will shine brighter simply because you are on Cape Cod.

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As always, today is the best time to start planning your unforgettable journey to Cape Cod! Reserve your favorite New England Vacation Rentals seasonal sanctuary soon.

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