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ChathamUnited States of America

With glimmering waters perfect for sailing, swimming and fishing, this idyllic beach town exudes laid-back charm. 

Chatham is a typical New England coastal town with unspoiled beaches and an abundance of wildlife. Spend sunny days indulging in seaside fun on the fine sandy beaches and rainy afternoons seeking shelter in the fascinating small-town museums.

Climb Chatham Lighthouse for great aerial views of the surroundings. Snap a few photos of the vistas and this beautiful white building. Check ahead to see if a free tour of the lighthouse will be available during your stay.

For building sandcastles, swimming and sunbathing, head to Chatham Lighthouse Beach, the town’s biggest beach. Admire the ocean stretching out before you and look for seals in the water. Swim only in the designated area as conditions can be treacherous offshore.

Watch a movie at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, which dates back to 1916. When its classic white exterior is lit up, it gives the town a touch of Hollywood glamor. Go inside to see blockbusters, attend film festivals or view displays by area artists.

Visit Atwood House Museum for insight into Chatham’s history. The pretty house, built in 1752, maintains many original features from the 1700s and 1800s. The museum’s artifacts range from beautiful fine china to photographs showing visitors how life in the town was once lived.

In the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, discover the town’s link to Guglielmo Marconi, an innovator in the field of communications. He experimented with radio technology in Massachusetts and used Chatham as the base for his invention’s receivers. The Chatham center was set up to send and receive Morse code messages to and from Norway. See videos about Marconi and his work, try using Morse code and learn about how old-fashioned radios worked.

To get here, fly domestically to Chatham’s own airport or drive 1.5 hours from Boston Logan International Airport. Buses connect Logan to Chatham, as well as to other destinations in the region, such as Hyannis and Harwich.

Top Hotels in Chatham

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Bars Inn
4 out of 5
297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA
The price is $445 per night

Located in Chatham, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Chatham Seaside Links and Chatham Fish Pier. Chatham Lighthouse ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (538 reviews)

"Everyone and everything was perfect ! Can’t wait to go back"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Chatham Bars Inn
Surfside Inn Chatham
Surfside Inn Chatham
2.5 out of 5
25 Holway St, Chatham, MA
The price is $160 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Chatham bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Chatham Lighthouse Beach and Chatham Lighthouse. Chatham Fish ...

3.7/5Good! (78 reviews)

"This hotel is located perfectly near everything you want to see! It’s a 2 min walk down to the beach, and about 10 min walk to downtown Chatham. Our room was small, very simple. It’s somewhat a get what you pay for hotel. It was just my husband and I, so we didn’t need much. The hotel HAS NO A/C..I ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Surfside Inn Chatham
The Chatham Motel
The Chatham Motel
2 out of 5
1487 Main Street, Chatham, MA
The price is $135 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Monomoy Theatre, Hardings Beach, and Ridgevale Beach. Chatham Drama Guild and Veterans Field are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (444 reviews)

"Seriously - the reviews are trust worthy. They were good at being contactless. Things were clean, we were spaced out from our neighbors. They were responsive to us getting extra towels. The bathroom was nicer than our previous hotel and the air-conditioner was quieter. Definitely better value for ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

The Chatham Motel

Popular places to visit in Chatham

Chatham Fish Pier
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Chatham Fish Pier

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Chatham with a trip to Chatham Fish Pier. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Chatham Lighthouse
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Chatham Lighthouse

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Chatham when you spend time at Chatham Lighthouse. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this trendy area.

Chatham Windmill
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Chatham Windmill

You can learn about the history of Chatham with a visit to Chatham Windmill. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this trendy area, or check out its seafood restaurants.

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