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Heritage and nature near Chatham vacation home rentals

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.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Chatham vacation rentals

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.


Things to do near Chatham vacation homes

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.


Local weather for your trip to Chatham vacation homes

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Chatham

The nearest airport is in Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), located 16.8 mi (27 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Nantucket, MA (ACK-Nantucket Memorial), which is 29.9 mi (48.1 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Chatham vacation rentals

Chatham has plenty of family-friendly attractions for kids of all ages. Vacation homes are close to places like the Cape Cod National Seashore, a shoreline with miles of dunes, sandy beaches, salt marshes, and hiking trails, and the Chatham Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse with a keeper’s cottage and spectacular views. You may also like Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, a protected habitat for migratory birds and salt and freshwater marshes.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Chatham

Couples looking for romance can enjoy an array of attractions in Chatham. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Atwood Museum, a restored historic home with galleries exploring the history and culture in the region, and Kate Gould Park, a vibrant park with recreation areas and festivals. You'll also like Linnell Landing Beach, a bayside beach with scenic sunsets and calm waters for swimming and kayaking.

Can I find a vacation rental around Chatham?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,959 vacation rentals near Chatham. From 2,320 Houses to 344 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Chatham for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Chatham?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chatham:

  • West Chatham: 1,318 vacation rentals
  • South Chatham: 666 vacation rentals
  • North Chatham: 466 vacation rentals
  • Dennis Port: 1,045 vacation rentals
  • Hyannis: 1,147 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Chatham?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Chatham. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Chatham Lighthouse Beach: 3,749 vacation rentals
  • Ridgevale Beach: 3,982 vacation rentals
  • Cockle Cove Beach: 4,255 vacation rentals
  • Hardings Beach: 3,953 vacation rentals
  • Chatham Windmill: 3,843 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chatham listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Chatham?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,320 Houses in Chatham. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Chatham include:

  • Cottages: 344 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 182 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 344 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Chatham?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 255 vacation rentals with pool available in Chatham. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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