Beaches & Swimming

Attractions & Recommendations

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Chatham and Harwich Port Beaches

Chatham Lighthouse Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: .5 Miles.  The Chatham Lighthouse Beach is nested below the Chatham Lighthouse, an active lighthouse for the Coast Guard that helps navigation in the waters around Chatham.  The lighthouse is typically closed to the public but many times during the summer it opens to visitors free of charge.

Oyster Pond Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: .2 Miles.  Oyster Pond Beach sits right up against a saltwater pond. The waters are very warm and calm.  Swimming lessons and rafts are available for visitors. It also boasts a short distance away from town with scenic views, public bathrooms, outdoor shower, and picnic tables/barbeque grills.

Harding Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: 3.3 Miles.  Harding’s Beach is located on the Nantucket sound with warm and calm waters. There is plenty of parking available with staffed life guard stations. There are also food vendors and showers on site.  Harding’s Beach is the most family-oriented beach in Chatham. There plenty of opportunities for walks, and games on the beach. The beach offers a great view of Stage Harbor and Oyster River with great opportunities for bird watching.

Pleasant Bay (Jackknife Cove) -Distance from Chatham Center: 3.5 Miles.  Pleasant Bay is another great beach for families. It is a sheltered cove that boasts shallow, warm and calm waters.  There are great views of the tide in the winding cove across Pleasant Bay. There are also great opportunities for kayaking nearby.

Ridgevale Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: 3.7 Miles.  Ridgevale Beach is located right between Harding’s Beach and Cockle Cove. On either side of Ridgevale Beach is Buck’s Creek and Eel Creek. This is another great place to enjoy the scenery, walks, and snack bar.  It is one of the most popular beaches.

Cockle Cove Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: 3.8 Miles.  Cockle Cove is a unique beach in the Nantucket Sound. It has smaller waves and located on Cockle Cove road, adjacent to Route 28.  This is a very popular spot for children because of the calm and warm waters with nice shallow areas. Cockle Cove also has a great beach for walking and a lovely bridge.

Forest Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: 4.7 Miles.  Forest beach is a quaint and lovely beach located on the Nantucket Sound. It’s most popular among families and local cottage owners.

Pleasant Street Beach - Distance from Chatham Center: 4.7 Miles.  This is at the end of Pleasant Street and is very similar to Forest Beach. There are easy walks across the way to Red River. This is a great family beach.

Red River Beach – Harwichport - Distance from Chatham Center: 4.7 Miles.  This is Long beach with lots of room. Several rock jetties. Not too crowded. Large parking lot.  One of the most popular beaches in Harwich, Red River Beach is long and quite spacious. Despite its popularity, there is still plenty of room to stretch out or play some Frisbee. The warm Nantucket Sound water is great for swimming. Some small waves make this beach great for kids who want to spend some time with their boogie-boards. You can also take your boat out for a ride here – travel to the very end of the parking lot to find the boat ramp.

Nauset Beach – Orleans - Distance from Chatham Center: 11.5 Miles.  Nauset Beach is a mecca for surfers, boogie-boarders, sun-seekers, anglers, and photographers from all over the world. No wonder this spectacularly beautiful, long stretch of sand is regularly named a "Top 10 Beach" by prestigious travel publications!  As wonderful as it is, Nauset Beach is not for faint-of-heart swimmers. The waves here are big and strong, and the water's cold.

*For detailed information on Chatham & Harwichport Beaches and other swimming related items please go to the following website www.chathaminfo.com/beaches  or  www.harwich-ma.gov/beaches

** The Beachcomber provides beach shuttle access to all water bound sandy beaches aboard one of the bright yellow BEACHCOMBER boats in Pleasant Bay, along the beautiful Chatham Harbor waterways between North Beach, Chatham Light and the break.  Visit them at www.sealtours.com