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Author Topic: Where to Fly in Cape Cod?  (Read 1065 times)
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« on: July 27, 2018, 07:34 AM »

We're going to Barnstable, MA in August. Any suggestions on the best places to fly?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2018, 08:53 AM »

Just about any beach that's not part of the National Seashore should be fine.  If Piping Plovers are nesting on a beach there will be no kite flying but aside from that, there is so much seashore you can generally find some place to fly especially at low tide.  Mayflower Beach in Dennis is great but I think they have plovers - though depending on when you go they may have fledged.  One thing to know is that if you like to fly at dusk, then Cape beaches have major problems with "no see-ums".  They are bugs that come out at dusk and tend to bite you on your head.  Super annoying so bring bug spray.  A stiff breeze will keep them off you but the cape is great for UL flying and without bug spray you will suffer at night.

Depending on the topography, some beaches on the Bayside can have up to a 2 mile tide differential which leaves tons of sand (albeit damp or wet) but that's more the case on the outer cape than where you are.  I've flow kites in Eastham (I have a cottage here), Orleans, Welfleet, Truro, Dennis, P-Town...  Truthfully, you don't need to look to hard to find a beach that is kite friendly (outside of the National Seashore and other aviary sanctuaries).
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 03:55 AM »

We went last week and stayed in Barnstable. I've never been to Cape Code and was surprised how far apart everything is. Wellfleet was an hour away. Falmouth was about 40 minutes. Sandwich was maybe 30 minutes. I never did make it to a beach because we weren't really in a beach area. Dr Gravity's kite shop in Harwich has a web site with a link to places to fly but none were that close. Overall, I was disappointed with the flying opportunities. We've vacationed a lot in Ocean City, NJ and the flying is convenient, a couple blocks to the beach, and the flying space is generally good.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 04:05 AM »

and of course....it might only be 13 miles, but the traffic is whacky.

Hope you had a good trip otherwise Bob!
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