Harding’s Beach

Hardings Beach Road, Chatham, MA 02633
An empty lifeguard tower sits on a sunny afternoon at Harding's Beach in Chatham, Cape Cod.

If you’re looking for an easy, family friendly beach in Chatham, Harding’s beach is your best bet. Extending over a quarter mile long, there’s usually enough room to stretch out or take a swim in the warm waters of Nantucket Sound. The parking lot is massive, and every spot has easy access to the beach. If you’re adventurous, Stage Harbor Lighthouse sits a mile down the beach and is well worth the scenic hike through the dunes or along the waterline. Food trucks service the parking lot in-season.

Parking: 400 spaces

  • Daily $20
  • Weekly $75
  • Season $175
  • Season (Resident) $30

Chatham beach passes or a daily fee are required to park from June 26th through Labor Day. Passes can be used at all Chatham beaches with the exception of Schoolhouse Pond, which requires a seasonal resident pass.

For more information and to purchase passes visit:

Lifeguards in season
Restroom facilities
Dogs allowed off-season only. No dogs May 1 through September 15.
Moderately crowded
Warm salt water