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Bound Brook Island Beach, Massachusetts
Halfway between the tip and the elbow of Cape Cod,Bound Brook Island(no longer an island) in Wellfleet is an ideal bike-ride destination for visitors hoping to ditch the Cape’s summer crowds. You’ll dodge potholes and navigate unpaved roads en route to this out-of-the-way beach on theCape Cod National Seashore, but the payoff is sweet: gentle water, towering sand dunes, a pine forest, and space all to yourself. What to Do: At low tide, you can walk across a massive stretch of sand to see aquatic life in the bay. For lunch, try a Route 6 clam shack orMac’s Seafoodon the pier in Wellfleet for the town’s namesake oysters. Don’t miss the historicAtwood-Higgins Houseand other Cape Cod-style homes built by early English residents. Getting Here: Catch thebike shuttleor follow Route 6 to Coles Neck Road, which ends in a sand parking lot. The trail to the beach is less than a quarter of a mile from the lot.

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