Relatively quiet compared with many of Cape Cod ’s larger and towns, this area has plenty of year-round residents who are deeply involved with its conservation and upkeep. A number of clean, well-kept public beaches are in the area, though be warned that even in the less tourist-swarmed areas parking in summertime can seem nearly impossible. Your best bet: Follow the beachgoing rule of thumb and rise as early as you can to claim spots for both your car and your towel.
Routinely named one of the best restaurants on Cape Cod by publications that tend to decide these things, Abba (89 Old Colony Way, Orleans, 508/255-8144, www.abbarestaurant.com , 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Sun., 5–10 p.m. daily year-round, $18–35) dishes up an unusual combination of Thai and Mediterranean cuisines, with a bit of Moroccan décor and an Israeli chef thrown in for good measure. If the thought of grilled filet mignon with green curry pasta or grilled tuna in balsamic miso doesn’t set your mouth watering, one bite will.
On a more casual note there’s Sir Cricket’s Fish & Chips (Rte. 6A, Orleans, 508/255-4453, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, $7–19)—also open year-round—for fried clams and oysters that are hot and tender inside, crispy out.