"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 17, 2013

Aug. 16 - Provincetown, MA

Provincetown Harbor - Anchorage 

We spent the day exploring the eclectic little town of Provincetown. The town was originally an active fishing village dating back to the Pilgrims. In fact this is where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620. They stayed in Provincetown for five weeks, where they created and signed the Mayflower Compact, before moving across the bay in Plymouth. 

Many Portuguese fisherman and their families made this their home for many years and the city has been influenced by that presence.  Fishing is still active P-town, but it's primarily a wonderful home for artists of all sorts and a summer vacation destination for tens of thousands. Provincetown reminded us a lot of Key West full of unique shops, restaurants, bars and people. Unique being the key word...anything goes here. People watching is a main attraction. On any given day you may see cross-dressers, leather-clad motorcyclists, barely clad in-line skaters, same-sex couples strolling hand in hand and tourists dressed in resort wear eating all sorts of seashore treats. 

After taking in all the excitement we could handle we had lunch over looking the harbor and then took the bike trail out to Race Point Beach. This beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, it's a breathtaking stretch of sand with and huge dunes extending as far as the eye can see. From what we've seen of the water and beaches in the Cape Cod area, we can definitely see why it is a popular summer destination for so many. 

The main pier in town where you can catch the ferries, whale watching boats or fishing charters
A collection of lobster buoys on the pier
The main drag in town...full art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and t-shirt shops
The bike path through the national seashore
Race Point Beach

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