The village of West Chatham is home to the warmer, calmer waters of Nantucket Sound and two of the more family-friendly beaches in the area. Harding’s Beach is the largest all-around family beach on the Lower Cape, edging out nearby Ridgevale Beach. In addition to a hiking trail extending behind the beach by the parking lot, Harding’s Beach features a wealth of games ranging from volleyball, bocce, and Frisbee.
A favorite of bird watchers, West Chatham features expansive views encompassing Stage Harbor and Oyster River as well as Monomoy Island. Residents enjoy scenic walks along the beaches as well as the modern conveniences of nearby Main Street. West Chatham is located in the southwest section of Chatham.