5 Reasons to Go Biking on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Cape Cod is known for its awe-inspiring beaches and delicious seafood, but it’s also known for epic bike rides along coastal trails, wooded landscapes and beautiful neighborhoods.
We’ve rounded up our five reasons why you should pack (or rent) a bike for your Cape Cod vacation this summer.
1. Keep Eyes (and Hands) Off Screens
We all spend too much time staring at screens, whether it’s at work on a computer or sitting on a couch scrolling through a phone. Biking is the perfect excuse to get away from the screens and enjoy what nature has to offer. On the Cape, the options are ample – from enjoying hidden kettle ponds and habitats on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, to taking in ocean views and historic architecture on the Shining Sea Bikeway. You may want to break your screen-fast to snap a photo, but be sure to pull your bike to the side and avoid a collision.
Tip: Our very own Blue Rock Resort is less than 3 minutes from a Cape Cod Rail Trail entrance at the corner of North Main Street and White’s Path in South Yarmouth. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent a Pedego e-bike at Blue Rock.
2. See the Cape from a New Point of View
Most of the Cape we see is from our treasured beaches, ferry rides to the islands or jaunts on our main streets – hardly do we get to see the wooded areas and beautiful landscapes that only bikes can navigate. One great example is the 5-mile Chatham Loop, which takes you from Chatham Fish Pier past Chatham Light, boatyards and harbors. You can see a full list of some other favorite bike trails on the Cape Cod Chamber’s website.
Video: CapeCast, a daily Cape Cod Times webcast, traversed the Cape Cod Rail Trail to give cyclists a first-hand preview of what to expect on the historic route (below).
3. Make It a Healthy Vacation
Cycling Weekly put together a list of 15 Benefits of Cycling – and they all point to a healthy lifestyle. Cycling improves mental well-being and builds muscle, according the list. It also promotes better lung health and cuts the risk of heart disease and cancer. So basically, if you want to have a healthy vacation (and start or continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle), make biking a part of your trip.
4. Save Money While Making Memories
Vacation expenses can add up quickly when you’re traveling with a big group, so finding activities on the cheap (or ones that are included in your stay, like our daily Kids Club at our four oceanfront resorts), can make or break the bank. If you have bikes at home, bike racks can be picked up inexpensively at local bike shops or online from retailers like Amazon. If you would rather rent them when you get here, there are plenty of bike shops near our favorite bike trails (like Bike Zone at the Yarmouth Cape Cod Rail Trail trailhead), that you can rent bikes at an hourly, daily or monthly rate.
Tip: Green Harbor Resort has its own traditional bicycles, which are available for guest use on a first-come, first-served basis. The best part? If someone learns to ride a bike while they’re a guest, they get a personalized certificate commemorating the milestone!
5. Taste Yummy Food Along Bike Trails
One of our favorite excuses for hopping on our bikes here on the Cape is the food that you can get along the Cape Cod Rail Trail. When we want to pack a picnic lunch, we stop at Ring Bros. Marketplace in South Dennis, which has stalls upon stalls of freshly made take-and-go food, from pizza to burritos, sandwiches to salads. It’s also a great place to pick up fresh pastas and other incidentals on your way back to Yarmouth. Another favorite is Guapo’s Tortilla Shack, on the Trail in Brewster. With ample outdoor seating, killer fish tacos and the perfect Cape Cod atmosphere, this one is high on our list. For other dining ideas along this and other trails, check outTrailLink.com.
Ready to ride? We’ll see you on the Cape. Just remember: Stay off narrow main roads like Route 6A if you can. It was originally built for horse-drawn carriages and is barely wide enough for two cars.