Eastham, MA

From the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce (www.capecodchamber.org):

One of the four original settlements on Cape Cod, Eastham offers a sense of an untouched Cape. At Eastham’s First Encounter Beach in 1620, a Pilgrim troupe led by Myles Standish met Nauset Native Americans for the first time. Today’s visitors take Samoset Road to the same spot, imagining what may have transpired during this legendary first meeting between Pilgrims and Native Americans; go during the early evening hours to be rewarded with a truly dazzling sunset over Cape Cod Bay.

Today’s Eastham—a compact town three miles wide from bay to ocean and six miles long—comprises Eastham and North Eastham. The town is often referred to as the gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore and boasts two Atlantic-facing beaches that dominate the National Park’s shoreline. Coast Guard Beach has long been considered one of America’s finest beaches thanks to its sweeping dunes and stunning marshlands. Nauset Light Beach is also a gem, and is adjacent to the oft-photographed Nauset Light. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the lighthouse is also recognizable for being featured on the Cape Cod Potato Chips bag.

Outdoor enthusiasts will flock to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and Nauset Bike Trail, both of which are accessible right from the Salt Pond Visitor Center. 

Throughout Eastham, you’ll find art galleries, antiquing, gift shops and clothing boutiques, along with great restaurants and cozy cafes.

Find more information on Eastham through the Eastham Chamber of Commerce.