10Best Visits Chatham: The Quintessential Cape Cod Beach Town

Nothing beats a vacation on Chatham's beaches

Boston Local Expert

Father and son, enjoying calm ocean waters — Photo courtesy of Jessica PolizzottiThose who prefer calm ocean waters over large waves will love the beautiful beaches of Chatham, MA. With five of Chatham's six ocean beaches located on Nantucket Sound, you'll have your pick of places to go where you can walk along the water's edge without much worry of an undertow. The "elbow" of the Cape, Chatham is surrounded on three sides by water yet sheltered from the Atlantic by Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Monomoy. Chatham Beaches will find you in warmer, calmer waters than in most other Cape Cod towns. Making it an ideal beach town, especially for families, even those with young kids.

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.


About Jessica Polizzotti

Jessica is a self proclaimed beach bum. Some may argue that her career in teaching was fueled by a desire to spend summers on Cape beaches. 

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