Lighthouse Beach

(508) 945-5199
41.671307, -69.949129
 30 Main Street
  Chatham, MA 02633
Barnstable County

Lighthouse Beach is a popular destination due to its breathtaking views. Gaining access, however,  can be challenging. ( see “Parking” below) This requires navigating down a stairway and a brief walk through the sand to gain access to the water. The grade to the water is gradual with wave size varying from small to large, even with the sandbars. Strong currents can make for challenging swimming. Seaweed and shells leave a reminder of past high-tides; pebbles and shells accumulate at the water’s edge. 

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Hours Of Operation

One hour before sunrise to 10pm

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Parking spaces next to the beach allow 30 minute parking for viewing; additional parking is available on Bridge Street and requires parking passes between July 1st and Labor Day, 9am to 5pm (read posted signs). Lighthouse park and shuttle is available on Main Street.
Non-residents or visitors may purchase a non-resident pass at another beach or at the Harbormaster’s Office (613 Stage Harbor Road, 8:30am to 5:30pm daily).
$20 daily; $75 weekly; or $175 seasonal
Resident beach stickers can be purchased at the Sticker (permit) Office:
261 George Ryder Road, rear of building, lower level $25 first sticker, $20 second sticker
Beach sticker application

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Life Guard

No lifeguards

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Not Allowed

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Carry in/carry out beach with food vendors available within 5 minutes driving

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Motels/hotels and rentals are available within 5 minutes driving.

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No pets allowed May 1st to September 15th with the exception of seeing eye dogs.

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Picnic Area


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Public Transportation

Eldredge Service Station on Main Street offers a shuttle bus.

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Restrooms / Showers


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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

“No person shall use rafts, rubber tubes, any floatation device, or scuba gear as swimming accessories in a designated swim area, except for rescue and U.S. Coast Guard approved type floatation Life Jackets.” If operating boats, wind surfers, water skis, or similar may not be conducted within 150 feet of swim areas.

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Walking Trails

Dune trails

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Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to the current year. Lighthouse Beach Water Quality

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Water Temperature
Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

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