Welcome to Chatham - - The quintessential Cape Cod Seaside Town
Chatham is a traditional yet sophisticated town situated at the tip of the Cape’s elbow. With Nantucket
Sound to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Pleasant Bay winding around to the north,
Chatham is nearly surrounded by water. Its 17 square miles of land area is bordered by nearly 70 miles
of shoreline, which is constantly changing. Chatham has beautiful and fairly uncrowded beaches,
particularly the Outer Beach, which is accessible by oversand vehicle, boat, or by walking from the
It's little wonder that activities in Chatham center around the water. Cool summer seabreezes, beautiful
warm Indian summers, and mild winters make Chatham a comfortable place in which to live year-round
or vacation. Enchanting Chatham is a 'walking town' with a real 'Main Street' that has wonderful, exclusive
specialty shops and gourmet restaurants, historical buildings, art galleries, elegant inns, Chatham Light and Lighthouse Beach, the Fish Pier, Seaside Links golf
course, and Kate Gould Park where our traditional Friday night band concerts are a wonderful family event.
Chatham has managed to preserve the flavor of a small New England town.
Festivities abound year-round including Spring Fling, our famous Fourth of July Parade, the Festival of Arts,
Seafest, Christmas by the Sea, and First Night Celebration topped off with a fabulous fireworks display
over Oyster Pond. Summer stock theater usually includes eight plays, ending the season
with a Shakespearian work.
Fishing is still an important industry in Chatham. From the observation deck perched above the
Chatham fish pier, visitors can watch the daily return of fishing boats with their day’s catch.
Visitors to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge on Monomoy Island often see deer, seals, and numerous
species of birds. The Massachusetts Audubon Society sponsors tours of the area, which is accessible
only by boat.
For more information, call the Chatham Chamber of Commerce at (508) -945-5199.