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34 selecttraveler.com S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 T hough the beach is the obvious attraction during a coastal vacation, the community that grows up around it is half the fun. ese top destinations share breath- taking coastlines in common, but off er vastly diff erent group experiences both on and off the water. CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS Charming Cape Cod, a Massachusetts peninsula that comprises 15 towns and 560 miles of shoreline, has 115 distinct beaches where visi- tors can sample the pleasures of the Atlantic Ocean. e vast shoreline is dotted with dunes and lighthouses, symbols for this Northern escape. Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham and Race Point Lighthouse in Prov- incetown give rewarding 360-degree views at the tops of their spiraling staircases. Both were built in the 1800s and harbor tales of sunken ships and daring rescues. ough seals hang out near several shorelines, groups have a couple of options for whale-watching. Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch in Province- town and Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises in Barnstable off er four-hour cruises. "Sometimes, the whales will follow alongside the boats, which of- fers a really close view of those majestic animals," said Patti Lloyd of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. "You can see as many as 30 during one trip." Family-run Art's Dune Tours has a fl eet of Suburban SUVs fi tted to take on the sand. In addition to a basic tour, specialty tours include chances to fi sh, sail, kayak or paint a watercolor with a local artist. Provincetown, at the far tip of the peninsula, is the most popular stop for shopping and entertainment. e bohemian seaport, where the Pil- grims fi rst landed in the New World, boasts quirky art galleries, street performers and big-name nightclub acts. Halfway between the tip and elbow of Cape Cod is the fi shing village of Wellfl eet, famous for its plentiful oyster beds. It's possible to dig for YOUR SHOES KICK OFF THESE TOWNS HAVE COASTAL CACHE Courtesy Gervasi Vineyard Courtesy Emerald Coast CVB Cape Cod is a favorite New England beach escape. Top: Destin sunset cruises provide a relaxing way to soak in the Emerald Coast's pristine shoreline. BY KEREN HAMEL By William DeSousa-Mauk, courtesy Cape Cod COC

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