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Bay side or ocean side?

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Bay side or ocean side?

Is the water quite different depending on whether you are on the bay side or the ocean side? I have heard it is calmer on the bay side, but does that mean it is just like a lake and there would be very few waves? We like to see the waves at the ocean! And is it warmer on one side? We are used to the Atlantic ocean in Maine where it is quite cold so would like to experience the warmer waters!

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11. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

As a year "rounder, who has lived looking at the Atlantic on the outer Cape for 25 years in all seasons, and welcomed many guests, I can confidently say that AC is a nice thing to have. You may not need it, but if the weather turns hot and humid it makes a big difference in your enjoyment and comfort. 20 years ago we never even considered using AC but the climate has surely changed. Last year we had quiet ductless AC installed for us and our guests. If you are coming in July or August, and have a couple of places to consider, pick the one with AC if all other factors are equal.

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13. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

The Bay side? There's Cape Cod Bay north of Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay west of the Cape. Buzzards Bay is going to have the warmest temperatures of all because it is the shallowest body of water and ocean circulation is the least. But, the overall difference in temperature is not going to be very much. There are many websites that will link to buoy data for real-time observations, but by and large they are all getting their data from the same source, the Coastal-Marine Automated Network operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can see the data yourself at the National Data Buoy Center's website http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/.

As far as calm water is concerned, our prevailing wind in the summer is from the southwest. Generally, Cape Cod Bay will have the calmest water and Buzzards Bay and the coast facing south to Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound will be the choppiest. With a typical southwesterly, the wind will start around noon and increase to 10-15 knots around 3:00 p.m. We count on it every day and twice on Saturday because everyone who goes out to race their sailboat likes to get two races in on Saturday afternoon. Of course, if a weather system comes through, all bets are off.

When I was a kid out in my sailboat all day, the rule was "be home by sunset" because that is when the southwest wind will drop off to nothing and be calm all night. The southwest wind also makes for great Cape Cod air-conditioning. Leave the windows open in the afternoon, and the breeze will keep everything comfortable.

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14. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

Thanks for the info. We have pretty much decided to stay on the ocean side. Friends told us there are very few waved on the bay and we like to see waves at the ocean!

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15. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

So then you will have the waves but also the bone-chilling water you know the same as usual.

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16. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

OK.. still looking...

Choice between cottage on Ocean Dr. in Dennisport (walk to Haigis Beach) or Seaview Ave in Yarmouth (walk to Parker River Beach). Both have AC and wifi. I am wondering if Yarmouth is not central enough if we want to do day trips to other towns.

Any comments?

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17. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

In the scheme of things, Yarmouth is quite central for the Cape.

Edited: 09 June 2013, 16:53
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18. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

When you say that you want to see the waves does that mean see them from the place you are staying? The Cape is not that big that you cannot stay in one place, for instance a house on the bay side and then go to a beach on the ocean side, or vice versa. People do that all the time. You are not going to find the perfect compromise but you are not restricted to one side or the other or to Nantucket Sound.

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19. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

I like to walk the beach and see the waves in the morning when it is quiet. We do plan to visit both sides while we are there. Another question: if you buy a beach pass is it for only one beach or for a whole area? ie: Dennis

And is it free to park at the beaches in the early morning and evenings?

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20. Re: Bay side or ocean side?

So, by ocean side you mean Nantucket Sound? One of the best places to stay as far as ease of reaching other towns is Orleans which is is at the hub of routes 28, 6 and 6A. Orleans also has two beaches, Skaket, on the Bay, which is lovely for walking when the tide is out. Walk for several miles. Nauset Beach on the ocean side, not Nantucket Sound, with huge waves and several miles of walking. Both beaches are within a ten minute or so drive from each other.