Frommer's lists exact prices in the local currency. However, rates fluctuate, so before departing consult a currency exchange website such as www.oanda.com/currency/converter to check up-to-the-minute rates.

Though the Cape and, especially, the islands might seem pricey compared to nontourist areas, visitors used to city prices will find costs quite reasonable; you can get by on very little if you don't need luxury. Most of the nicer rooms fall between $250 and $350 a night in summer, half that in the off season. Restaurant prices offer just as wide a range. You could dine on clam rolls, for instance, at less than $14 a head, or blow that much or more on a mere appetizer. With such a great variety of dining styles available everywhere, the choice is yours.

Every town on the Cape has multiple ATMs (automated teller machines), sometimes referred to as "cash machines," or "cashpoints." These are the easiest and best source of cash when you're away from home.

advertisement

You can use your major credit cards pretty much everywhere on the Cape and islands; the exceptions might be some smaller stores or eateries (we indicate in the review of the place whether it's cash only). Visitors from outside the U.S. should inquire whether their bank assesses a 1% to 3% fee on charges incurred abroad. It's highly recommended that you travel with at least one major credit card. You must have one to rent a car, and hotels and airlines usually require a credit card imprint as a deposit against expenses.

For help with currency conversions, tip calculations, and more, download Frommer's Travel Tools app for your mobile device. Go to http://www.frommers.com/go/mobile/ and click on the Travel Tools icon.

What Things Cost on Cape Cod (US$ - High Season)

advertisement

Taxi from Logan Airport to Falmouth $200 (includes tip)

Bus ticket from Logan to Falmouth $30 (one-way)

Bus fare between towns on Martha's Vineyard $3

1-week beach parking pass, Orleans $50

Bike rental, Cape Cod Rail Trail $18 (3 hr.)

1 lb. of taffy from Cape Cod Salt Water Taffy, Yarmouth $8.99

Cup of coffee at the Corner Store, Chatham $1.50

Double at Cliffside Beach Club, Nantucket (Very Expensive) $450-$710

Double at the Acworth Inn, Barnstable Village (Moderate) $149-$169

Double at Old Sea Pines Inn, Brewster (Inexpensive) $110-$165

advertisement

Dinner for two at the Red Inn, Provincetown (Very Expensive) $100

Dinner for two at The Brewster Fish House (Expensive) $80

Dinner for two at Among the Flowers Café, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard (Moderate) $40

Dinner for two at Marshland Restaurant on 6A, Sandwich (Inexpensive) $25

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.