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Ridgevale Beach, Cape Cod

Chatham, MA

41.672351° N, -70.006449° W

Where: Ridgevale Drive, Chatham View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Calm

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Good for: Swimming, Walking

About

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.

Reviews

16 rated reviews | 39 total reviews


West Roxbury, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2022

9/22/2022

Kayak and canoeing


Scituate, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2020

8/27/2022

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.


2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2021

9/25/2021

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.


Sudbury, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Jul 2021

8/14/2021

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.


Hyde Park, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2019

8/14/2021

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.


Lakeville, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Apr 2014

7/10/2021

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.


Belmont, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2021

7/3/2021

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.


Butler, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2007

6/26/2021

tidepools perfect for young children


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2020

8/29/2020

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.


Clifton Park, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2020

8/1/2020

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).


2 reviews
Member since: May 2020

7/18/2020

Beautiful, family friendly, has a snack shack too with good food! You can also rent paddleboards etc from the beach shop.


Charlestown, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2020

7/10/2020

Beautiful beach with very warm swimming! Because it faces south, there is no risk of sharks ... always a bonus :)


Newton Center, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2020

7/1/2020

Ridgevale is unique in that it has a large sandbar, great waves and a wonderful canal that serves as a lazy river.


Hermosa Beach, CA
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2010

10/15/2019

Check out the lagoon. When the tide changes ride the current in or out on boogey boards for hours.


Hillsborough, NJ
18 reviews
Member since: Sep 2009

8/17/2019

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.


Simsbury, CT
3 reviews
Member since: Apr 2017

8/9/2019

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.


Parker, CO
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2015

7/27/2019

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.


2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2018

7/20/2019

a paradise for kids - tidal pools with lots of sea life at low tide


Hillsborough, NJ
18 reviews
Member since: Sep 2009

8/18/2018

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.


Avon, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2010

7/28/2018

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.


Austin, TX
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018

7/7/2018

Great for all...ocean, pond, snacks, restroom, and proximity to Chatham!


Birmingham, AL
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2018

5/24/2018

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.


Schenectady, NY
3 reviews
Member since: Jul 2009

7/22/2017

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.


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2017

7/1/2017

Beautiful beach with lifeguards. And a paddling pond also


Holmes, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2017

8/26/2016

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!


West Brookfield, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Nov 2021

8/20/2016

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.


Hillsborough, NJ
18 reviews
Member since: Sep 2009

8/20/2016

Love the tidal pools where the children play and explore.


Nantucket, MA
2 reviews
Member since: May 2017

7/17/2016

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!


Hillsborough, NJ
18 reviews
Member since: Sep 2009

8/22/2015

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.


United States
3 reviews
Member since: May 2014

7/22/2015

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.


Hillsborough, NJ
18 reviews
Member since: Sep 2009

8/23/2014

The tidal pools are great for children to explore and learn about nature and certain forms a sea life.


Wayland, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2012

8/16/2014

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!


USA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2013

8/16/2014

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.


Scarsdale, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014

8/9/2014

The Nantucket Sound is best with kids and this beach we all enjoyed.


New York, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2014

7/19/2014

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.


Needham, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2013

8/10/2013

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.


2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2013

7/20/2013

Clean, safe, lifeguard,good café and great shallow areas for young children to paddle.


Morris Plains, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2014

6/22/2013

Close to the cottage [ID 11440] and safe for kids! Great beach!


Streetsboro, OH
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014

6/16/2012

Very kid friendly with tide pool - perfect for kids to swim, play and catch hermit crabs!

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