With only a day in Provincetown there's not a moment to lose, so you'll want to get started right away.
Start at the Provincetown Town Hall -- a good central point to orient yourself. If you get turned around, you can always find it by following the smell of salt water taffy and the noise of tourists.
Grab some breakfast provisions at Connie's Bakery to keep your energy up for the rest of the day (also, carbs don't count in Provincetown.) You can't go wrong with Connie's make-your-own breakfast sandwich on any of their home-baked breads. Grab a bench nearby with your breakfast for optimal people-watching or walk down the adjacent pier to snap some enviable Instagrams of the bay.
Hail a cab and ask to go to Herring Cove beach. It should drop you off at the intersection of 6 and 6A where there is a snack stand and tons of parking. Lay out, breathe deep and take in one of the Cape's prettiest beaches.
After your sun-soaking, head back to town for a burger-and-beer sampling at Local 186. The restaurant, situated around a picturesque New England wrap-around porch, will make you feel like you're at a summer barbecue. The menu has options for the non-red-meat inclined including tuna, turkey and veggie burgers along with salads and lobster sliders. Pictured here is the lobster salad.
Local 186, 186 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 487-7555
Digest and unwind with a leisurely stroll down Commercial Street, where locals and tourists alike peruse the street's many stores and galleries. End your night by browsing at Marine Specialties, where you can buy old airline plates, hunting-quality knifes, Halloween masks and everything in-between.