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The Ultimate Destination to Shop for Everything You Need for a Perfect Cape and Islands Vacation

With beach season on the horizon, it’s the time of year where Bostonians flock to the Cape and Islands for summer fun. Although the promise of sun, sand, and lobster rolls is a joyous one, shopping for new summer gear, loading the car with food, and buying housewarming gifts for hosts can make vacation prep a stressful scavenger hunt that requires stops at a number of different stores.

Fear not: This year, your vacation planning will be no sweat, because you can find everything you need all in one place.

Along the route from Boston to the Cape and Islands is the charming and convenient open-air shopping destination packed with all the essentials you’ll need for your trip. From clothing, accessories, and beauty services to outdoor gear, home décor, and groceries, Derby Street Shops has everything you need and more to get ready for the week away. Here’s the guide to finding everything you need to make planning (and enjoying) your Cape and Islands vacation a breeze.

Getting Outfitted

Leave some extra room in your getaway bag because the lineup of shops at Derby Street has everything you need to refresh your summer style. At Levi’s, grab some classic denim cutoffs to pair with a breezy summer shirt and bathing suit top for an effortlessly cool beach look.

For making a splash at the beach, Aerie and Everything but Water have on-trend, chic swimwear and women’s cover ups to suit any style. Strand the Boutique, a local- and female-owned favorite, has a perfectly curated selection of sundresses and accessories for your beach getaway from brands like Oliphant, Cleobella, and more. Finally, get your new sunnies at Warby Parker where you’ll find trendy and classic sunglass silhouettes.

If you need to outfit the whole crew, head to J.Crew and Vineyard Vines to refresh everyone’s coastal wardrobe. From golf attire for adults to adorable shirts, shorts, dresses, and swimsuits for the kids, your family will be looking vacation-ready in no time.

Whether you’re planning to stay active during your vacay or just want to unwind, don’t worry about packing all your gear from home. Derby Street has some amazing options to help you stay on top of your tennis game in style. Make sure to stop by Vuori, the newest addition to the shops, for stylish activewear sets and the softest loungewear separates. Checkout Allbirds if you’re looking for sneakers that have wear-with-everything classic style great for travel.

Wedding bells ringing? Derby Street Shops are a must-visit for your event wear needs. First stop, Bonobos, where you can get fitted for classic summer suiting that will be shipped right to you so you’ll be reception ready. Anthropologie also has some seriously stunning wedding guest dresses that are perfect for summer.

For the finishing touches, stop by Shoe Market and gorjana jewelry for the perfect accessories to complete your look.

For Guests and Hosts

Vacationing on Cape and Islands is all about making unforgettable memories with family and friends.

As the host, picking up serving platters and extra glassware, towels, pillows, blankets, and more can take forever. Pottery Barn is now open at Derby Street and is your go-to for all of your entertainment needs under one roof. Then, don’t forget to stock up on snacks, sides, baked goods, marinades, and grilling accessories for your backyard BBQ at Whole Foods and Williams Sonoma.

As a guest to the host who has everything, finding a thoughtful housewarming gift can be tricky. You can’t go wrong with Pottery Barn’s large selection of coastal charm and subtle country flair home accents and accessories that are always a thoughtful gift.

Don’t forget to pack your cooler with some fresh brews as well. Untold Brewing, Derby Street’s local brewery, is the perfect destination for new-release brews and fun four-packs for the beach. Stock up and get ready to make some unforgettable vacation memories.

Treat Yourself

Vacations are all about indulging in self-care and relaxation and Derby Street has everything you need to make that happen. Dip into Sephora and Bluemercury for your favorite SPF products or some new summer blush shades.

Get your skin summer ready with an appointment at Skin Laundry, where you’ll experience a 10 minute, no-downtime laser facial. Right around the corner, Skin Spa New York offers laser hair removal to leave you feeling smooth and beach-ready. And for a little mental stimulation, head to Barnes and Noble to browse their extensive collection of books and magazines, including best-sellers, beach reads, and plenty of fun activity books and toys to keep the kids entertained on the ride.

Finally, before you get back on the road to wait in the legendary bridge traffic, stop by Shake Shack for a little something. A juicy burger, crinkle fry, or milkshake will provide a little joy on the journey as you make way to your best summer yet.