Father and son, enjoying calm ocean waters
For those who crave the waves, don't discount the town of Chatham. There's one very special ocean beach for you, Lighthouse Beach. One of the most amazing beaches on Cape Cod, Lighthouse beach may be lacking in amenities (no bathrooms, lifeguards or food service), but its strikingly beautiful landscape and large waves make you forget all about what's missing and just get swept away by the appeal of what's there.
People flock to this beach not only for the sun, sand and surf, but also for the views, which can only be described as spectacular. When you catch a glimpse of the seals who migrate here daily you will call Lighthouse Beach a Cape Cod must see.
Home to many seasonal dwellers who not only favor days on the beach, but who also love the charm of the quaint, walkable "downtown" where independent retailers, and places to eat line the streets, Chatham is abuzz all summer long with beach lovers lingering well into the fall.