Cynthia Edition #3, 5 November 2007

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a mermaid from the waters of Long Island Sound, near Connecticut. Thank you for visiting my current article on coastal New England. A new article will be posted every other Monday. I hope you will be able to visit me on a regular basis.

If you missed either of my first two articles, you can find links to them here.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown, incorporated in 1727, is located 115 miles from Boston at the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Take US Route 6 the entire length of the cape, or the more scenic 6A along the coast. There is a small airport just north of town for those that would prefer to arrive by air. Here is my customary map of the area.

Let's begin our visit with my favorite attraction, the beach. Take Race Point Road north from US highway 6 to Race Point Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Almost two-thirds of the town's land area is part of the National Seashore.

Commercial Street runs parallel to the harbor shoreline in the southwest part of town. Here, you will find a number of shopping opportunities including antiques, art, handcrafted jewelry and clothing, home decor, and marine surplus. Provincetown From Above - Click to enlarge After shopping, dine at one of many local restaurants on seafood or other delicacies. Many restaurants offer patio seating, allowing you to practice people watching. The Farmerís market opens every Friday (seasonal), with fresh local produce and fish.

Returning to the water, why not rent a boat and explore the harbor? When doing so, remember these eight boating safety rules:

  1. Know the local rules
  2. Take a safe boating class
  3. Life vests worn by all on board
  4. Know where you are, carry a map
  5. Be aware of changing weather conditions
  6. Keep watch for debris in the water
  7. Be aware of shallow areas
  8. Don't run over the mermaid!
Ready for some exercise? Ride the miles of bicycle trails through the National Seashore area. Bring your own bicycle or rent one here. Afterwards, relax in one of the local inns, guest houses, or hotels.

Provincetown, also known as P-Town, has a number of events and things to do on the off-season as well. Fine arts and theater is just the beginning. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum on Commercial Street is a good place to start.

For more information, visit and The official Provincetown website can be found at

If you should see me out in the water, be sure to wave.


Hi Cynthia,
Thank you for publishing this information about some of the coastal areas of New England. When I was young we visited New England, and these articles take me back to some wonderful memories. New England is certainly a very beautiful area and there are a lot of beaches and coastal areas to enjoy. I look forward to more articles. I will visit New England again in the near future, and will be looking up some of these places. Thanks, again. Keep up the good work.

Michael D.

Hello Michael,
Thank you for your letter. I am glad you enjoy hearing about my travels. Hope you will be able to return to New England very soon. Look for me when you're there.


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While we're visiting Massachusetts, I would like to congratulate the Boston Red Sox on winning the 2007 World Series!


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Provincetown From Above - NASA

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