Cape Cod Neighborhoods


coast guard beach eastham ma

Already a popular beach with locals and visitors, Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is now getting high marks nationally, as well. The local beach was just named to the top ten by Stephen Leatherman, most commonly known by beach goers and vacationers as “Dr. Beach”.

Each year Dr. Beach comes up with his list of the nation’s best beaches, ranking them by dozens of different criteria. For 2017, Coast Guard Beach notably gained the number six spot, the only Cape beach to crack the top ten list, with a majority of the other beaches located in such tourist hotspots as Florida, Hawaii and California.

Coast Guard Beach, of course, is known widely as a premiere swimming beach during the summer season on Cape Cod. Locals and visitors flock to the sand and water during

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the belmont condos harwich ma

With the luxury of a seaside location and outstanding views, The Belmont serves up carefree summer fun on Cape Cod. This gated, luxury development of single-level condos and multi-level townhomes exists in West Harwich, right on the waterfront, mere steps away from Nantucket Sound.

The year-round complex boasts its own private ocean beach along with a private beachfront restaurant that’s exclusive to owners. In addition, the development also offers the enjoyment of a heated swimming pool and two tennis courts, for added options in outdoor recreation during your stay on Cape Cod.

Built up around the late 1970s to early 1980s, The Belmont presents upscale residences with all the comforts of a larger home. With 175 total residences, the more than 20-acre

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chatham toys main street chatham ma

When you think of a visit to Chatham you probably envision touring historic buildings, quaint shops and unique galleries, and that’s exactly the reason why Main Street Chatham recently made headlines among the top shopping streets in the nation. USA Today just profiled the area as one of America’s favorite downtown shopping districts.

In the article, Main Street Chatham is described as a “Norman Rockwell”-like setting, where more than 300 specialty shops sell everything from sporting goods to clothing and art. Downtown Chatham even boasts its own old-fashioned hardware stores and a department store. Of note, too, is the local beach, the bandstand concerts during summer nights at Kate Gould Park and the region’s working lighthouse.

Locals and frequent

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lighthouse beach chatham ma

From its amazing views to its bountiful wildlife, Chatham Lighthouse Beach continues to be a favorite of locals and Cape visitors, alike. This sun-filled beach is full of options, from spotting area wildlife to climbing up and exploring Chatham Light.

Whether you imagine dipping your toes into the turquoise-hued water or simply lounging on the soft, white sand beach, there’s plenty to enjoy about Chatham Lighthouse Beach. Because the water near the shore is fairly shallow it warms up earlier in the season than it does at other beaches, making it a real Cape gem.

The shallow water and gentle slopes make the beach great for families, plus there’s even a marked area for swimmers. During season, the location is also great for clamming, giving beachgoers yet

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From nature trails to wildlife, there’s plenty to uncover while exploring some of Harwich’s conservation areas. This part of Cape Cod is rich with natural history, and it certainly comes alive with a full range of opportunity for visitors.

Walking trails
If you’re interested in taking the less traveled path, you’re sure to find an array of options. The Harwich Conservation Trust has its own Walking Trail Guide available in booklet form, leading visitors through places like Hawk’s Nest State Park. This route leads past the shore of Hawks Nest Pond and Black Pond.

Meanwhile, a second trail offers up amazing views of the marsh and Herring River. For an easy to follow trail, the Trust suggests the Island Pond Trail Loop. Yet another trail leads through

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The weather is warming up and the summer season on the Cape is right around the corner. For many of us that means spending some quality family time on the beach or out exploring the natural surroundings. If you consider your four-legged friends part of the family it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave anyone at home, but you do need to plan ahead to ensure you’re following the rules.

Pets are allowed at the Cape Cod National Seashore in certain locations and with a few restrictions in mind. According to published reports, pets are required to be on a six-inch leash at all times. If not, rangers may fine owners. Owners are also responsible for picking up and disposing of pet waste.

Leashed pets are permitted ONLY in these locations:

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stage harbor yacht club chatham ma

If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, you’ll find plenty of opportunity in Chatham. From sailing and rowing to organized racing, it’s all easily within reach within this Cape Cod community.

Chatham Yacht Club

The nonprofit Chatham Yacht Club has been the place to go for sailing lessons for nearly a century. The club offers instruction to kids and adults, plus organizes and promotes races in Pleasant Bay.

Sailing school is available to members, from beginners to those more advanced throughout the week. The club is run by volunteers and takes in donations to help maintain its affordable class and membership costs.

Stage Harbor Yacht Club

The Stage Harbor Yacht Club, in comparison, has been in operation for more than 70 years, teaching its…
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nauset beach

Orleans town leaders are attempting to work against time, with plans to demolish some buildings in an effort to try and shore up and nourish Nauset Beach. That’s in response to a recent beach management study that came up with a list of recommendations to combat the increasing beach erosion of an estimated 12-feet per year.

The study points out that the speed of erosion is being fueled by a rise in the sea level and climate change, threatening the town’s beach facilities at Nauset Beach. To help combat the problem, it recommends a four-step plan, to be implemented over the next three decades.

Permits could be ready by the end of 2017 to begin demolishing buildings such as the bathhouse and Liam’s, then rebuilding portable structures. In addition, the

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Fort Hill Eastham

With spectacular views and a history dating back generations, Fort Hill is a true Eastham adventure, a place where visitors come to take in more than 200 years of Cape Cod history and some sensational, natural views. The entire Fort Hill Rural Historic District consists of about 100 acres, made up of salt marshes, fields and forest.

A part of the Cape Cod National Seashore for decades now, Fort Hill provides some of the very best views of the region and offers a special place in history. The entire district is on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the best ways to see it is by following along on one of the area trails. The Fort Hill Trail, in particular, takes about an hour to complete. Along the way, hikers are rewarded with incredible

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chatham harbor

Chatham’s main harbor is certainly not immune to the challenges of Mother Nature; with town officials every year concerned about the damage left from winter and spring storms, this year being no exception. In fact, area leaders are well aware of the difficulties that local commercial fishing vessels are still having in navigating the opening made in the barrier beach during a 1987 storm.

It’s sometimes dangerous to enter Chatham Harbor, and some vessels are doing their best to avoid what’s been called one of the East Coast’s most dangerous ports. Several actually switched to using Saquatucket Harbor over in Harwich this winter season.

While not all experts agree, some feel that it may only be a matter of time before fishermen will no longer be able to get

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