Just hearing the name Cape Cod immediately conjures images of a classic New England coastal escape: lighthouses, beaches bordered by wispy sand dunes, houses with wooden shingles, and local stands selling saltwater taffy and soft-serve.
The summertime high season is June through August, with optimal beach and boating weather and lively festivities. But, of course, summertime is the most crowded time to visit Cape Cod, with heavy traffic and limited accommodation availability.
Consider visiting in the “shoulder season” in May, early June, September, or October. The weather is still pleasantly warm, but the crowds have all but disappeared, and you’ll find that hotel and vacation rental prices are far more reasonable.
Due to its coastal geography, the Cape experiences a milder climate than much of mainland New England. In the summer, temperatures typically hover in the 80s, while fall and spring usher in ever-so-slightly warm highs in the 60s and 70s.
December and January are the Cape’s coldest months, with temperatures a few degrees above freezing and the ever-present possibility of snow and winter storms. Rain and wind can seemingly come out of nowhere in any season (though they often disappear just as quickly as they came on!), so a light jacket is essential in Cape Cod.