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lighthouse beach chatham

Serving up plenty of outdoor fun and recreation for those of all ages, there are several Chatham area beaches you simply don’t want to miss. Here are just a few of our favorite beaches, popular for a variety of reasons.

Cockle Cove Beach

Cockle Cove Beach, in particular, is known for its long stretch of sand and small waves. The beach is popular for windsurfing and boating, plus there’s lots of room to simply spread out and enjoy the great views.

Found in South Chatham, the warm weather makes it ideal for windsurfing and for swimming. The soft sand is also great for kids, plus the waves are calm. Kayakers also consider Cockle Cove Beach a favorite, plus there are lifeguards on duty at the saltwater beach.

Hardings Beach

A perfect location for taking up a

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cape cod off-roading

When it comes to visiting Nauset Beach one of the best ways to do it is off the beaten track. Off-roading to The Outer Beach is a popular pastime, especially during the peak season, even more so now that a statewide habitat conservation plan has come into play.

Under the recently approved plan, Orleans officials are able to escort off-road vehicles past plover nesting areas, which previously shut down the trails leading south from Nauset Beach. Because state and federal endangered species laws are in place to protect piping plovers, it’s necessary to keep people away from the nesting areas. Under the vehicle escort plan the birds remain protected while at the same time some conditional vehicle access is opened up to beach areas.

According to the Orleans

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collapsed dune at the beachcomber in wellfleet

The Beachcomber is now closed for the season and  Wellfleet town leaders are still working on a solution to a recent dune collapse at Cahoon Hollow Beach. A large dune in the front of the popular beach bar & restaurant collapsed in August following heavy rain.

The car ended up about 20 feet down in the sand and had to be pulled out the next morning. While luckily no one was injured in the collapse, local officials did put up barricades across the rest of the parking lot and out on the beach to keep people away from the immediate site.

The closure now prevents people from parking in what remains of the town-owned parking lot and from using the primary beach entrance. Not long after the collapse happened Wellfleet selectmen met in a special meeting to

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be shark smart

From Michael Phelps racing sharks on TV to more shark sightings off the coast, it seems everyone is talking about sharks these days. Some publications suggest that great white shark sightings in the New England area are on the rise.

Already this season there have been at least a half-dozen local sightings, including one shark spotted just off Wellfleet back in early May. That’s led the National Park Service to send out alerts, dedicating a page just to shark safety

Many seem to think the perceived increase in the number of shark sightings has to do with an influx of gray seals. The sharks view the seals as food, and decades worth of efforts to help protect the gray seal population has therefore resulted in a larger number of white sharks being drawn to

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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 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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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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nauset light beach

At one-mile long, Nauset Light Beach remains one of the Outer Cape’s most popular beaches, a long-standing tradition for year-round residents and seasonal visitors to the Cape. With breathtaking scenery and fabulous surfing, the beach is often at the top of the list when it comes to regional destinations.

Found on Ocean View Drive in Eastham, Nauset Light Beach is actually a part of the National Seashore, with large waves ideal for boogie boarding and surfing. While the mile-long beach appears large it is actually small when compared to other seashore-area beaches, located only about a mile to the north of Coast Guard Beach.

Families with older children find it a great location for catching a wave or simply lounging on the clean sand. Visitors also enjoy

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eastward ho country club chatham ma

A true masterpiece of Chatham, Eastward Ho! has maintained its reputation as a leading golf course on Cape Cape for generations, a unique course known for its rolling hills and breathtaking views. This private, links course capitalizes on its location, with challenging play designed to compliment the surrounding natural beauty of the land.

Originally designed by English golf course architect Herbert Fowler in the 1920s, the course was redesigned in the early 2000s. The years long transformation included restoring bunkers, removing some trees and hiring on a new green keeper to help firm up the turf. The project also included reclaiming some of the perimeter hole locations and helping to restore some of the features of the old course that had eroded over

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