You haven’t been to the very end of the Cape until you’ve been to Long Point. There are two ways to get there: 1) walk across the breakwater and then hike for a very, very, very long time until you hit the end, or 2) take a boat. Guess which option we chose?
We picked up the shuttle on Macmillan Pier and then took a lovely ride through the harbor over to the Flyer’s dock in the West End where we were joined by a few people and one dog before heading out to Long Point.
And there it is … the very, very, tippy tappy end of the Cape.
It was low tide so the boat was able to pull right up onto the beach. (Just a little warning: sometimes you get dropped off in the water.)
We rented chairs and an umbrella on the boat, which I highly recommend you do. It vastly improves the experience.
There is a lighthouse right on the end, which utters a low groan every minute or so. It’s pretty easy to tune it out, though.
My niece and I went for a long walk looking for sea glass, rocks, and sea creatures.
She found a tiny crab which she told me was a female — she learned to identify that at her camp the previous week in Wellfleet.
We then headed back to the chairs for a little R&R. There was a wonderful breeze that kept us cool.
Some fun marine debris sculpture.
We watched the boats leave the harbor.
We were also being watched by seals! There were two that would occasionally pop their heads up and look at us.
And then it was time to leave.
One more tip: Be sure to bring water and food but be aware that there is no bathroom so prepare accordingly. If you are in Ptown for more than a couple of days, make sure you get out to Long Point. Shuttle leaves Macmillan every hour on the hour from 10 to 5.