Wellfleet is on the "Outer Cape", halfway between the "tip" and "elbow" of Cape Cod. This seaside community is an oyster mecca, every October they host the very crowded Wellfleet Oyster Festival. Popular summer activities include miles of coastline to surf or sunbath, the National Seashore for walking trails and recreation, even a flea market open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you only have one day to spend in Wellfleet here are some ideas......
8:45AM: Croissants & Coffee at PB Boulangerie Bistro
This very popular French bistro is located about 50 feet from Route 6 and about a two minute drive to the beach. If you are ambitious enough to get here early, the line shouldn't be too long. The reward waiting for you at the end of the line is quite possibly the best pastry on Cape Cod, The Strawberry Croissant (featured above).
9:30AM: Spend the morning on the beach
To ensure their will actually be a parking space for you, I suggest planning on arriving to the beach before 10:00am. Park at the Beachcomber or, "The Combah" as locals call it, is located at: 1120 Cahoon Hollow Road about three minutes from Route 6 (the main road in Wellfleet).
Why here? Cahoon Hollow Beach, is perfect for swimming or relaxing due to a much calmer current compared to their neighboring beaches. Some might find it slightly difficult to get to, due to a 75 foot hike down the large sand dune. In fact, the dune and parking lot caved in at the end of the 2018 season and quickly rebuilt by the owners of the Beachcomber for the 2019 season. The reward? Once you finally make it to the bottom, there is plenty of sand to spread out and relax. Another great reason to park at this location is the $20 parking fee can be used as credit in the Beachcomber restaurant or gift shop!
12:30pm: Lunch at the Beachcomber
With such few waterfront dining options on the Cape, spots at the bar are meticulously sought after, and have been for years. Expect the menu to be casual and straight forward but very consistent which is exactly what you want from a beachfront seafood shack.
They have many local Summer beers on tap and I usually can't leave without bellying up to the raw bar and ordering a little devil's plate and an oyster shooter (a Bloody Mary shot with a shucked oyster).
(down the cape idea: send someone from your group to scout out a spot at the bar while the rest of your party packs up from the the beach, saves precious time)