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Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Chatham

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Windsurf, swim, or climb the lighthouse at Chatham Lighthouse Beach. The spacious beach provides a habitat for seals since this site on their migration route, and it s also a popular spot for boaters. The lighthouse is occasionally open during summer months for visitors, and there's a bike track nearby. There are no lifeguards here, so be cautious while swimming, although boat patrols monitor the beach. Currents can be strong because of the wind. With our world travel planner, Chatham attractions like Chatham Lighthouse Beach can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Loved seeing the historical lighthouse, boat on one side of the street and the beautiful ocean on the other side.  more »
  • A nice walk down to the beach from the parking area for the Chatham Lighthouse. Beautiful clean beach for a nice walk. It wasn't swimming weather when we visited.  more »
  • Excellent beach to walk around on and great views of the ocean. Most people leave their shoes at the foot of the stairs and walk around barefoot. The parking can be a little hectic so come at an unpopular time. Hope this helps!
  • Delightful beach, my first time here despite being a Mass native. Was not crowded on the Monday I visited, social distancing possible. The dunes are a meter or two high, making it possible to move behind them when the tide is highest. A few notes: While the "depth" of the beach (dune-to-ocean) is sizeable at low tide, it collapses to a mere 3 meters at high tide anywhere other than the narrow section directly in front of the parking area. Plan accordingly. The parking area is technically an overlook that also serves as parking for the Coast Guard's lighthouse museum across the street. As such, it is limited to 30 minutes! Beachgoers should park at one of several paid lots nearby, for which a courtesy shuttle (golf cart style) is provided. The sand here is nice, a wee bit coarser than that on the north shore (as compared to, for example, Crane's Beach), but photogenic. As such, sandcastles with a moat will drain almost instantly. The water currents here are strong. While not so much a beach concern, non-local boaters are recommended to avoid exiting/entering the channel anywhere other than the southern inlet. Quite a few local fishing vessels can be seen regularly plying the channel. There are quite a few seals who bask here, mostly on the isolated southern tip of Nauset Beach peninsula. But a few curious ones come close to the beach. There are also some small crabs in the shallows. Remarkably, we saw one of the few Horseshoe crabs not self-servingly butchered by the Medical Industrial Complex.

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