The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem in Chatham. Partly because it is hard to find and partly because it has a very small parking lot (only reachable after going past lots of "private residence" signs) it is generally virtually empty, even on the best summer days. But it is one of the best beaches around. If you go, you can either walk down the path on the left of the parking lot or take the steps behind the Wildlife Refuge building. If you walk to the right for about two hundred yards it takes you around the point and looks out at Monomoy and Nantucket Sound. Great swimming beach (but bring bug spray for the greenheads). The Wildlife Refuge building display is a bonus visit, especially for young kids. The beach at the bottom of the stairs is also the departure point for the seal watch tours which are great fun (reservations required).
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