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Harding Beach

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Address: Harding Beach Road, Chatham, MA 02659

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A Long Beach with gentle surf and a great view

Great spot to walk your dogs during the off season. Easy parking. Not crowded (in February). Smooth sand, gentle inclination.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot to walk your dogs during the off season. Easy parking. Not crowded (in February). Smooth sand, gentle inclination.

1 Thank EagleEyeBoston
Berwick, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The sunset from this beach is a must see. Plus it is a nice walk to a lovely lighthouse. And you can even collect some shells along the way.

1 Thank Deb D
Hertford, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Three couples gathered assorted dinner choices and headed for the beach.... The fog rolled in, but we loved the experience, the food and sand between our toes! It's a great beach!

Thank Pat G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

This beach is nice for walking and finding shells. We saw some horseshoe crab shells. The beach is nice and Sandy. We were there after Labor Day, there was no charge and the beach was empty.

Thank Carol T
Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Hardings Beach is a wonderful spot for sunbathing, swimming and walking. The beach has lifeguards through Labor Day and plenty of parking. You can swim in the swimming area or outside the area with noodles and surf boards. Depending on Mother Nature, the water can be as calm as a bathtub or there can be whitecaps and waves. If you... More 

2 Thank NutmegYankee
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Water was very cold, lots of seaweed and crabs and no waves! Expensive to park $20. You need to bring your own chairs and beds as there is nothing to rent. Was very busy and had to listen to others competing music.

Thank Nicol C
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We only had a few hours in Chatham and wanted to spend some time on the beach and also see the lighthouse. We opted for Hardings beach as I read reviews that the swimming was better than at lighthouse beach. The water was warm and calm but was brown and smelt of crabs! We drove up to lighthouse beach for... More 

1 Thank ChilPerth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

There are two parking lots at this beach. We prefer the far lot. Bathroom facilities are available. There's no food service, but an ice cream truck frequents the lot. We love that it's never terribly crowded and you can park almost on the sand, so going back to the car is never an issue. Our kids love to go to... More 

2 Thank TheSecretVagabond
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My family spent two weeks down the street from Harding's Beach in July 2016 after having spent a week in same home July 2011. Harding's Beach was much like I remembered it, fantastic sand, expansive, pretty tame water, except holy seaweed! There was just so much of it this year! I don't know if the weather has been tremendously different... More 

1 Thank Laura H
Jamestown, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Hardings beach is a beautiful beach in Chatham. It has 2 very large parking lots which means your 95% guaranteed a parking space. If you are to get a front row parking space, you can back your vehicle in and literally toss your stuff in the sand. My mom had a total knee replacement 3 weeks ago and was able... More 

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