Provincetown On a Budget

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated October 13, 2019

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Provincetown is charming town sits at the tip of Cape Cod, it’s a liberal beach town that welcomes all. There is space for Grandma, your artist aunt, and queer cousin. It is a special place that becomes that much more desirable as the summer months wear on. You’ll find the Atlantic warm enough to swim in and the lobster rolls plentiful. Sounds pretty perfect right?

Cape Cod in the summer screams lobster, seersucker, and dollar signs. Plus the traffic can be worse than the 405 at 5pm. Here’s a few tips to make this idyllic summer destination budget friendly… Sorry can’t do much about the traffic.

Of course you could visit Provincetown in the fall or spring, but the charm and beauty is best experienced during the summer months. Plus much of the town operates on a seasonal basis. The week of the 4th to Labor Day is considered high season, and vacation rentals demand a Saturday to Saturday stay. If the Saturday to Saturday stay doesn’t appeal to you could consider a June or September visit. Prices will be lower and you’ll be able to choose your travel dates, plus the weather will still be on the warmer side.

Like mentioned above, vacation rentals on the cape run on a Saturday to Saturday checkin-checkout schedule. There are a pleather of rentals at every budget, but book early, New Englanders like to plan ahead. Ptown also offers a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts that are less expensive mid week.

This small cape town does have ferry service from Boston and has daily commuter flights coming and going. If you do want to explore surrounding towns, renting a car is your best bet. However if you stay in or near town most attractions, restaurants, and bars are walkable. Bikes are also readily available, in fact they come with many vacation rentals. When it comes to flying into Boston, there are a high number of flights in and out so prices are fairly competitive.

Provincetown has one grocery store, a drug store, and a handful of liquor stores. If you are particular about food or beverage make sure to plan ahead. There are a number of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Seafood is king on the cape, you may find yourself eating a lobster roll a day.

Upscale Snack Bars

To make things even that much more convenient many beaches offer an upscale snack bar that serve wine and beer. Given its location prices tend to be slightly higher, but no higher than other tourists locales.

If you’re looking to experience the cape in a town with a little edge, Ptown is for you. So find your inner Virgo and start planning, your bank account will thank you.

About the Author

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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