Provincetown On A Budget: Summer 2020

Golden Sunset Provincetown

Like any tourist destination, Provincetown can be an expensive place to stay and play. However, it doesn’t have to be! While it’s true that you can spend a lot of money, there’s a lot you can do while staying within your budget, especially if your interest is enjoying the natural beauty of the Outer Cape. Choosing when and where to spend your money is the key to a budget conscious stay.


Budget Stays in Provincetown

  • The least expensive option is camping. There are two campgrounds in Provincetown, Coastal Acres and Dune’s Edge.
  • If you can live dormitory-style with a shared kitchen, Provincetown also has the Outermost Hostel.
  • Renting a condo for a week can be expensive, unless you’re sharing the cost with a group of friends. Once you take camping gear into account, this might be the most cost-effective option, and generally—bonus!— will put you right in the center of town.

Budget Eats

  • The Aquarium Marketplace/Mall on Commercial Street has a wide selection of take-away foods, from burritos to fish to a bakery to healthy salads and more. Pick up something and take it down to the Aqua Bar at the end of the mall, where for the price of a drink you can sit and watch the harbor while eating your takeaway.
  • The authentic Mexican street tacos at Yolqueria can fill you up without breaking the bank, even if you also have a few margaritas. Yolqueria’s serves brunch daily from 8am – 2pm, and tacos 11am – 2pm.
  • Chach is run by Viola “Chach” Briseño and her partner Sharon Bowes. This local favorite is a new take on classic diner food.
  • The Canteen on Commercial Street offers excellent soups, sharing sized portions, and side dishes that can truly stand in for a whole meal. Ptownie tip; We love Rob and Loïc at The Canteen, who sustain and support the community at all times but especially throughout the pandemic.
  • Truro Vineyards operates a food truck for visitors called the Crush Pad. It’s run by Black Fish restaurant. For a great afternoon, buy some wine and food, enjoy it all at a picnic table under the trees!
  • John’s Footlong isn’t just a hotdog and hamburger stand, it’s a town institution… and affordable!
  • The Coffee Pot is a great place for a quick breakfast on-the-go that won’t leave you poor for the rest of the day.
  • Long established Grab n’ Go Health Bar opened up Snack n’ Supply across the street to fill the void of our local health food store shutting down. A local favorite for smoothies, juices, and healthy alternatives.

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Ships Wheel Provincetown

Budget Activities

  • The best entertainment in Provincetown is free: a saunter down Commercial Street to see and be seen. There are lots of other places to explore on foot: watch the boats come in at MacMillan Pier, walk the length of Provincetown on the beach, and explore the nooks and crannies of the side streets.
  • Renting a bicycle is inexpensive and opens up lots of possibilities. The bike path through the National Seashore on the Province Lands Bike Trail is a solid workout.
  • Park your bike or car at Beech Forest and have a wander on either of the two loops around the pond.
  • You have to pay to enter the beaches, but they’re free after 5pm. Bring a picnic and some wine (or buy food and wine/beer at Far Land On The Beach at Herring Cove) and watch the sunset!
  • The library is free and has activities going on all summer. Plus, it’s a museum in and of itself, with paintings, the Lipton Cup, and an impressive model of the Rose Dorothea.
  • Park your car or bike on Snail Road and head up the fire road to instantly be in the woods and miles from anywhere. Alternately, cross Route Six and hike into the dunes: you can walk all the way to the ocean. (Whichever you choose, take plenty of water—it’s easy to become dehydrated!)
  • There are swimming pools that are free and open to the public: Provincetown Inn, the Boatslip, and the Crown & Anchor.
  • The town beaches are free, so take a long walk, or just sit and gaze out. You can also do some interesting people-watching from here!
  • Another great walk is in the far west end of town, where you’ll find the small park commemorating the landing of the Mayflower in 1620. You can walk out on the breakwater (at any time other than high tide) and hike all the way to Wood End Light to the right or Long Point Light to the left. Take a towel with you and enjoy the beach at Long Point!
  • Catch the shuttle bus that does the circuit of the beaches when you want to go to Herring Cove or Race Point—you won’t have to pay a parking fee that way! The shuttle bus charges a $2 fee each way.

Budget Nights

  • For the price of a drink and a tip, you can enjoy live music at Tin Pan Alley or a sing-along at the Crown and Anchor lounge.
  • Check out the art galleries. Friday evenings there’s an official “gallery stroll.” Even if it’s not Friday, it’s a pleasant way to see some fabulous art, and most stay open well into the evening.
  • A slice at Spiritus Pizza is an inexpensive late-night must-do.
  • For a quiet evening, take a stroll down MacMillan Pier, sit on one of the benches, and watch the lights of all the boats at anchor. You might see one of the boats from Provincetown’s small commercial fishing fleet come in and watch it unload its catch.

There’s more where that came from! Ptownie has more to share about our special town at land’s end.​ Check out our recipe for the Golden Clam from Provincetown Brewing Co.!