Bob, Don't you have any easy questions? I can't answer that one for you, I can only reflect upon the issues with which you will be confronted. People have contrasted Nauset and P-Town for years, since before townies fished.
In both places you will be dealt with unfairly by the law. Police used to stop buggies based upon what state you came from, ask Froggie. I'm told today that if you are not ticketed at Nauset Inlet you may MAY have your tires slashed for being there without an R sticker. But I can't check the story and the person who told me could have their own agenda...like fishing it for themselves. In P-Town the gestapo have their own friends who they look the other way for, yet there is little enforcement of fishing regs. I view them both as hostile territory where if not hurt, serious time could be spent rotting in a cage for the exercise of what we call on my weopons permit "any lawfull purpose". To have P-Town and Nauset both be in Massachusetts only further exaserbates one's constitutional exercise.
On the less heavy side, too much is at stake when surfcsting to even think about permit costs. We went through the same thoughts when buying four hunting licenses per season times two. Nauset is not closer than P-Town because Nauset is a longer drive on sand. On the other hand, Nauset sand is way easier to drive sandwise than north of there. If you have driven P-town you can drive anywhere. Both trade places as to where bass take up residence. Some years the structure at Nauset is dull. Others, it is a garland of bars, holes, openings and bait moves in like it was a new playground. Way of example, in '77 we cleaned up in P-town and the Nauseteers came north for bass. The next year fish were at Nauset and we renewed old friendships. I have seen linesides skip both places other years. I'll always have a buggy because I use it to get deer out. But of late I wonder -- traffic, police, notions re equal protection, privacy -- if we might be better off in a Buick with a two piece rod in the trunk fishing under the world's nose as like Napatree, Pt Jude, the Canal, the Bay. I don't want to be another Donald Graham as they are only fish. Hope this wasn't too heavy, Bob.