Käsmu was used by, and was home to many smugglers of salt and fish in the past century. It is steeped in maritime history and known in Estonia as the "Captain's Village".
To travel between the villages of Lahemaa National Park and from the highway, or from Tallinn or Rakvere, not so frequent buses are available. See Estonia#Get around, which also covers connections with interchange, especially Paetus.ee. It makes sense to first take a bus to Rakvere and then on to Käsmu.
Käsmu and its beaches are small enough to be covered by foot.
- Käsmu Sea Museum, Merekooli tn. Museum is located in a former border guard station building from Soviet Occupation period and presents the history of the village. Exhibits reflect all the areas connected to the sea - seafaring, fishing, smuggling trade and also the sea as a part of nature and as an object of photography and visual arts.
The beach is the biggest attraction of the village. There are also camp trails in the woods.
Every July there is a popular folk music festival in the village.
- Check out the various sights nearby, within Lahemaa National Park as well as North Estonia.
- Võsu – A small coastal borough inside of Lahemaa National Park.
- Rakvere – Estonia's fifth largest city, east of Tallinn, famous for its Punk and Rock festivals and spirit.