Of Cape Cod’s many exceptional ports, Chatham is a favorite destination among boaters for its charming village, beautiful beaches, and world-class fishing.
The area around Chatham is constantly being reshaped by powerful coastal storms, so boaters should get up-to-date local information before visiting. Boaters can reach the harbormaster at 508-945-5185 or on VHF 66.
The Chatham area has two harbors. Chatham Harbor provides access to Pleasant Bay, a well-protected and beautiful body of water. But while Chatham Harbor has a well-marked channel, it also has difficult turns and sometimes treacherous conditions. Chatham’s other harbor, Stage Harbor, is protected by Monomoy Island and is home to sheltered waters and several marinas.
Chatham is a great place to be when you get hungry. The area has many high-quality restaurants. Visitors who enjoy seafood can get their dinner prepared right at the pier at the Chatham Pier Fish Market (508-945-3474). The Chatham Squire (508-945-0945) has pub food, Italian dishes and seafood. The Wild Goose Tavern (508-945-5590) features elegant seafood and specialty dishes. And the Wequassett Inn (508-432-5400), in nearby Harwich, can be directly accessed by water.