Pleasant Bay is a world-class area for windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking or power boating, fishing and spending a quiet day in a beach chair on the shore watching the fishing fleet go out or return. It also provides an awe-inspiring natural environment for a long afternoon hike and picnic .
Pleasant Bay Saltwater Free Parking No Lifeguard Restroom at Fish Pier Excellent windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking,power boating or fishing
With all there is to do here, it's not particularly a family beach experience, although there is a sheltered cove good for swimming with children called Jacknife (shaped like a jackknife) with warm, shallow water,and,nice views of the tide in the meandering cove at the Chatham/Harwich border.
There are a number of Chatham-managed town landings located on Pleasant Bay which offer boat launches, some smaller swimming beaches, and auto parking. However, if your goal is a stereotypical day at the beach then head to one of the other Atlantic-facing or Nantucket Sound beaches or Lighthouse, North or South Beaches. There are no lifeguards, snack bars or bathrooms available, although there is a bathroom at the Fish Pier.
Pleasant Bay is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a barrier beach which provides sheltered water for a variety of natural resources and human activities. The barrier beach, known as Nauset Beach in Orleans and North Beach in Chatham, is wholly situated within the boundary of the Cape Cod National Seashore.