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Cape Cod Sights

Chatham Light

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  • West Chatham
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Updated 12/23/2013

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The view from this lighthouse—of the harbor, the sandbars, and the ocean beyond—justifies the crowds. The lighthouse is especially dramatic on a foggy night, as the beacon's light pierces the mist. Coin-operated telescopes allow a close look at the famous "Chatham Break," the result of a fierce 1987 nor'easter that blasted a channel through a barrier beach just off the coast. The U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary, which supervises the lighthouse, offers free tours April to

October on most Wednesdays; otherwise, the interior is off-limits. There is free parking in front of the lighthouse, and the 30-minute time limit is closely monitored.

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Main St., near Bridge St., Chatham, Massachusetts, 02633, United States

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Jan 16, 2003

Chatham most night....

But, you can come here anytime for the more popular activity of looking at the view from the parking spaces across the street from the Light. These parking spaces, located on a high cliff above the beach offer a spectacular view of the beach below, the breaking waves on the Chatham Bars and the broad Atlantic Ocean beyond. Parking is free, but during the Summer is limited to 15 minutes so everyone has a chance to enjoy the view.

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