Pleasant Bay, Chatham MA

Pleasant Bay, Chatham MA
Pleasant Bay in Summer
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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 .

Highlights

Pleasant Bay
Saltwater
Free Parking
No Lifeguard
Restroom at Fish Pier
Excellent windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking,power boating or fishing

Pleasant Bay, Chatham MA
Pleasant Bay at Sunrise
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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.

Pleasant Bay, Chatham MA
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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, Chatham MA
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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.


Directions: Route 28 winds along the inner shore of Pleasant Bay, creating a lovely scenic drive between Chatham and Orleans. Scenic views and swimming inlets dot the way.









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