Where: Ridgevale Drive, Chatham View Map
Water Type: Salt water
Good for: Swimming, Walking
One of the largest beaches in Chatham, it is popular beach to go to in the summer. The calm waters make it ideal for swimming. There is parking available for a daily fee.
Don C.West Roxbury, MA2 reviewsMember since: Jun 2022
Kayak and canoeing
Katie G.Scituate, MA2 reviewsMember since: Jun 2020
Perfect, extremely scenic kid-friendly beach. You have the ocean with several lovely sandbars on one side and warm-water tide pools and streams on the other. Both kids and adults alike will absolutely love this beach. Come in the morning for an early stroll or run—it's gorgeous.
Lois C.2 reviewsMember since: Oct 2021
As above, great for swimming, riding the current, birdwatching and relaxing. Great family beach too! Besides swimming in Nantucket Sound this beach has a marsh/creek side that is great for exploring marine life as the tide comes in and out and it’s shallow and calm enough for children to enjoy.We also enjoyed nearby Forest Beach.
Lisa W.Sudbury, MA3 reviewsMember since: Jul 2021
You can sunbath, swim in the mild waves, rent a boat, use the snack bar, and look for sea animals and shells. It pretty much has something for everyone. It is also very close to the home we rented, and the beach pass is good for all Chatham beaches.
Ina B.Hyde Park, NY2 reviewsMember since: Dec 2019
Small, easy access, great tidal creeks for kayak and SUP, wicked cool feature at high tide at northern end of the beach where the sound empties into an inlet. Great for little kids to play in the tidal pools.
Alexis K.Lakeville, MA3 reviewsMember since: Apr 2014
The tidal pools and marsh constantly change throughout the day and add a "lazy river" and opportunities for searching for all sorts of ocean life. Great for entertaining kids. It is also clean, has porta potties that are cleaned daily, and a snack bar.
Grace W.Belmont, MA2 reviewsMember since: Jul 2021
Though my favorite beach is Lighthouse, for children you can't beat Ridgevale Beach. It gets quickly crowded so I recommend getting a weekly pass.
barbara m.Butler, NJ2 reviewsMember since: Jul 2007
tidepools perfect for young children
Susan M.USA2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2020
The beach itself is awesome, but also so great to have the inlet for kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding! So much to explore in every direction.
Susan B.Clifton Park, NY2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2020
Beach was a comfortable walk from the house [Chatham Vacation Rental ID 33320]. When at the beach, there was plenty of space and terrific tidal pools to explore. Beach has a snack bar, as well as access to bathrooms (port a potty).
Cara D.2 reviewsMember since: May 2020
Beautiful, family friendly, has a snack shack too with good food! You can also rent paddleboards etc from the beach shop.
Patrick L.Charlestown, MA2 reviewsMember since: Jul 2020
Beautiful beach with very warm swimming! Because it faces south, there is no risk of sharks ... always a bonus :)
Mark B.Newton Center, MA2 reviewsMember since: Jul 2020
Ridgevale is unique in that it has a large sandbar, great waves and a wonderful canal that serves as a lazy river.
Harry M.Hermosa Beach, CA2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2010
Check out the lagoon. When the tide changes ride the current in or out on boogey boards for hours.
Linda D.Hillsborough, NJ18 reviewsMember since: Sep 2009
Ridgevale provides a wide, expansive beach with beautiful views of the sound. There's also a tidal pool that's wonderful for families with young children. This beach also has a great snack bar where they serve lunch, as well as snacks and ice cream.
Janet C.Simsbury, CT3 reviewsMember since: Apr 2017
We love Ridgevale, because it has quiet spots for adults, and the tidepools and inlets for small children. This year, the seaweed was worse, which was distressing. It is still a great, great beach. We also loved First Encounter, in Eastham, which was much cleaner.
Julian and Rashel H.Parker, CO2 reviewsMember since: Feb 2015
We love Ridgevale Beach! Great little shop with yummy ice cream and a nice estuary for the little kids to play in. Sandbars and plenty of waves on the Sound side for fun big kid play time.
Teresa L.2 reviewsMember since: Feb 2018
a paradise for kids - tidal pools with lots of sea life at low tide
This is a great beach for families with young children. There's a tidal pool where the kids play and catch crabs and other small sea creatures. There is also a snack bar that has lunch items, snacks and ice cream.
Carolyn K.Avon, CT2 reviewsMember since: Mar 2010
Ridgevale was terrific for all ages. Nice sand, good Sound swimming (lots of kelp, but once you get past it, the water was fine, with small waves) and really cool inlets where our tween and teens had a lot of fun wading and catching & releasing crabs. Good snack shack; has porta-potties rather than bathrooms, but they were OK. Recommend bringing hand sanitizer, as the dispensers were empty.
Anthony S.Austin, TX2 reviewsMember since: Jul 2018
Great for all...ocean, pond, snacks, restroom, and proximity to Chatham!
Kirstin A.Birmingham, AL2 reviewsMember since: Jun 2018
Within walking distance to this rental home [Chatham Vacation Rental ID 30714]. A really nice family beach with lots to do (fun waves, swim to sandbars, sailboat rentals, river for kayaking/paddleboards. Recommend going there after dinner for peaceful walk and great sunset.
Lori J.Schenectady, NY5 reviewsMember since: Jul 2009
My child simply loves it. Lots of gentle, wading waters for kids; the swimming on the sound is great, too. Tide going in or out makes for changes by the hour.
kathryn m.USA2 reviewsMember since: Mar 2017
Beautiful beach with lifeguards. And a paddling pond also
Karen B.Holmes, NY2 reviewsMember since: Jan 2017
Our boys love Ridgevale...at low tide, pools form that are filled with fish, crabs, clams and more! Come prepared with nets and buckets and they are busy for hours...before the tide comes in and we release all the sea creatures!
Holly G.West Brookfield, MA2 reviewsMember since: Nov 2021
We had little children with us so this beach was perfect. It had tide pools to explore and sand bars to walk on. You could float on a boogie board on a natural inlet. The water had gentle waves and crystal clear pools to catch minnows and collect shells. The scenery was beautiful.
Love the tidal pools where the children play and explore.
Kelly G.Nantucket, MA2 reviewsMember since: May 2017
Crystal-clear waters. This beach is a great for families! Snack bar, sailboat rentals and bathroom facilities. Just a short walk from the house (Chatham Vacation Rental ID 28173) so we were able to avoid any parking fees!
Besides the sound there is a tidal pool where children can play and explore in shallow water, the tide washes in and out every day and brings with it all kinds of interesting sea life.
Susan J.United States3 reviewsMember since: May 2014
Ridgevale Beach is beautiful! The shallow tide pools are perfect for children. There's a great snack bar and small sailboats for rent. Good parking, but 15./day.
The tidal pools are great for children to explore and learn about nature and certain forms a sea life.
Emily G.Wayland, MA2 reviewsMember since: Mar 2012
We love Ridgevale Beach - it is so close and easy and really offers it all! It has the big beach and ocean some are looking for, and also has all the tide pools and waterways that occupy the kids for hours. There are also bathroom facilities (though not luxury by any means!) and a snack bar. We spent hours there many days in a row!
Renee K.USA2 reviewsMember since: Mar 2013
Perfect beach for low & high tides, making it great for kids of all ages. At low tide, crabs are easy to catch, you can ride the water, and the shallow water makes it perfect for little ones. Older kids can walk out to the various sandbars. Food is also available for sale.
Carol G.Scarsdale, NY2 reviewsMember since: Feb 2014
The Nantucket Sound is best with kids and this beach we all enjoyed.
cate S.New York, NY2 reviewsMember since: Jul 2014
Get there before 10:30 for a parking spot and buy a weekly beach sticker, its worth it! There is a small marsh area great for kids to explore. The sand is clean and there is a snack bar.
Megan G.Needham, MA2 reviewsMember since: Mar 2013
It was about a 10 minute drive, but always a favorite for us because it is so family friendly. It has port-o-potties that are kept fairly clean and has the concession stand. During mid to low tide the children have so much fun exploring the river and tidal pools and it is safe for floats, etc. Definitely bring pails and nets! My husband likes it because you can go to the ocean side and rent a Sunfish, kayak or paddle board.
Elaine S.2 reviewsMember since: Aug 2013
Clean, safe, lifeguard,good café and great shallow areas for young children to paddle.
Rebecca H.Morris Plains, NJ2 reviewsMember since: Mar 2014
Close to the cottage [ID 11440] and safe for kids! Great beach!
Rosanne S.Streetsboro, OH2 reviewsMember since: Feb 2014
Very kid friendly with tide pool - perfect for kids to swim, play and catch hermit crabs!