If the town of Chatham is busy and you want some ocean view, consider going down Main St, and take a right. There overlooking the sea is Chatham LIghthouse. On the plus side there are magnificent views, regardless of the tide. The parking consists of 30 minute free spots. These are monitored and if you wait, someone will pull out and you can park.
The Lighthouse itself is one of only 7 left on the Cape that is functioning. Called the sisters, they are the third generation - the others having succumbed to cliff erosion. Built in 1881, and moved here in the 1920's, to the right of the building is the base for the twin, which has been moved to Orleans.
Below is Chatham beach - pristine sand that stretches for miles. If parked above, one can walk down stairs and back. Or park your car in town and walk, bike or take a summer shuttle to the beach. Then stay for hours.
No bathrooms, no admission to the lighthouse, no food areas. Just prepare yourself for a beautiful, often windy, ever changing view of the edge of the sea.
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