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Travel Planning During Coronavirus

Updated 6/4/2021 2:15 PM

With some of the continued uncertainty caused by COVID-19, many of you are looking for some clarity regarding Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket vacation rentals again this year. While life here for the most part has finally returned to normalcy, there are some issues to keep in mind when vacationing here this year.

Whether you have already booked a home or are considering doing so, here is some information that might be helpful.


Booking a Vacation Rental

Q: What is the current status of reopening Massachusetts?

A: As of May 29, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been fully reopened. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems, all industry restrictions have also been lifted and capacity increased to 100%.

For more info, see Updates.

Q. What is considered a short-term rental?

Short-term is any vacation rental that is rented for 31 or fewer days.


Cancellation Policies

Q: Does have a "cancellation policy"?

A: Cancellation policies are up to the individual homeowner or property manager. It’s highly unlikely that there would be a ban on short-term rentals this season, and travel restrictions have been removed.


Q: Do you offer travel insurance?

Although WeNeedaVacation does not offer travel insurance directly, we strongly recommend that vacationers consider purchasing it. Even in “normal times,” travel insurance can be a good idea and is certainly more so in today’s ever-changing travel landscape. We suggest that you visit to select a provider and a plan that best suit your needs.

Many travel insurance plans now cover a case of COVID-19 that has been confirmed by a physician prior to travel, and it is treated just like any other unexpected illness. Many policies also cover vacationers in the event that a doctor has diagnosed them with the virus while traveling, under the trip interruption benefit section of the policy.

On, you will enter some basic information regarding trip cost, dates of stay, number of travelers, etc. You will instantly be shown custom quotes and policy details from several different providers. It’s important to compare the quotes and read over the fine print to make sure you are choosing the travel insurance policy that is right for you.

Once you have chosen your policy, you can purchase it directly from Your policy is active from the time you make your purchase. The sooner you do, the sooner your coverage begins. is not a licensed seller of insurance. For further details, we suggest you visit directly. You can also reach them by phone at 877-906-3950.

Q: How is your company different from the other multi-national sites?

A: A fundamental difference between us and our competitors is that we do not process the bookings, hold deposits on behalf of the owner, or charge you a service fee. Rather than a booking platform, we are a marketing one. Thus, the entire legal and financial transactions are controlled by the homeowner or manager.

Having said that, however, we take a very active role in providing our homeowners/managers with as much guidance and support as possible to ensure a high quality of management and professionalism. This is for their sakes as well as for their guests’ experiences. In multiple communications, we have urged them to be as understanding and lenient as possible in terms of their cancellation policies during these uncertain times.

Q: Have there been any changes to the Steamship Authority’s reservation policies or schedules?

A: It's always best to check the SSA’s website for up-to-date information about their policies and schedules:



Q: Are the beaches open?

A: The beaches are open. Massachusetts has published beach safety and re-opening standards for all beach managers and visitors to follow. Some beaches may reduce the capacity of their parking lots. During the summer, most towns that offer visitor beach stickers for multiple days, a week or full season, will only sell stickers online or by mail. For specific beaches, it is recommended that you check the town's website for the most up-to-date information on parking and facilities.

Learn more about the Beach Guidelines.


Vacationing Responsibly & Safely

Q: What recommendations do you have for planning a trip to the Cape & Islands?

A: In order to make your trip safe, enjoyable and stress-free as possible, view our useful tips and advice on how to prepare, what to bring and vacation responsibly.

Learn more about Vacationing Safely and Responsibly.

Other Questions

Even with the vaccine, these continue to be unique and challenging times, and we ask for your patience and understanding, just as we have asked of our homeowners and managers. We truly believe that, by working together and having realistic expectations again this summer, the Cape & Islands will be a most welcome relief after the difficult times we've been through!

We invite you to contact the owner or manager of the home you have booked or are considering booking with any questions or concerns you may have.