Chatham, MA, USA (town)

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Chatham, MA, USA (town)

Chatham vacation rentals

Chatham is ideal for history and nature lovers

Boasting beautiful beaches and a host of historic attractions, Chatham is a great choice for visitors looking to explore Massachusetts’ breathtaking coastline. Chatham is located right at the elbow of famous Cape Cod, giving you access to some of the area’s best sandy beaches and family-friendly activities. Whether you’re want to get to grips with Barnstable County’s fascinating history, get up close to the area’s local wildlife, or simply to enjoy a romantic stroll on the soft sand followed by an intimate dinner on Main Street, Chatham vacation rentals are the perfect base for exploring the Cape.

Chatham’s must-see white sandy beaches

No visit to Chatham is complete without a day at one of the area’s pristine, white sandy beaches. You may even catch a glimpse of the local seals at the famous Chatham Lighthouse Beach, or handsome Harding Beach. The area is well-suited to sea lovers, with many exciting ways to enjoy the waves. Chatham vacation rentals mean you’re in a prime position to get involved in the local sport-fishing scene, hire a boat for the day, or take a windsurfing lesson. Alternatively, sign up for a seal tour and get a close-up view of these fascinating creatures.

Sail back in time in historic Chatham

Chatham offers many points of interest for history lovers and is a great place to explore Cape Cod’s maritime past. Originally a fishing village, the town still boasts its famous lighthouse, with many of the buildings dating back to the 18th century. Visit Chatham’s popular railroad museum, which dates back to 1887 and houses hundreds of exhibits, including both models and full-size engines that the whole family will enjoy. Experience the area’s colonial past at Caleb Nickerson Homestead, or see how life in the area used to be at Chatham’s Old Grist Mill, built in 1797.

Summer vacations in Chatham

You can’t beat Chatham for a warm, sunny beach holiday complemented by Cape Cod’s cool, Atlantic breeze. The town is at its most lively in the summer months when the weather is reliably warm, with comfortable average highs of around 70 F between June and September. The weather makes the area perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or golfing, with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Seaside Links. Many Chatham vacation rentals are located within walking distance of the area’s white, sandy beaches.

See Cape Cod’s wild side in Chatham

Just a short, scenic trip away from Chatham is the island of Monomoy, home to the famous Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Originally intended as a safe haven for many of the area’s beautiful migratory birds, the refuge is an exciting way to encounter the wilder inhabitants of Cape Cod. Seals are abundant in the area, and walkers may catch a glimpse of them following behind fishing boats and pleasure cruisers. Whales can often be sighted breaching as you stroll along the coast. Chatham also boasts numerous conservation trails, allowing visitors to explore the area’s rich flora and fauna.