FREEDOM TO CHANGE YOUR MIND WITH THE TIDE
Brewster Beaches: It's Warmer Here.
Nicknamed by locals "the Brewster Flats", our beautiful beaches were just named #3 by Travel & Leisure in the America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views category. Brewster beaches boast gentle surf, soft sand, warm water and a beach that changes dramatically changes in appearance every few hours. A common complaint about New England waters is the cold water. Being in an inlet and on the bay, Brewster is home to the Cape's warmest water, due to the dramatically changing shoreline that stretches nearly a mile into the bay during low tide. At low tide the sun beats down on the sandbars. As the tide rolls in, the water quickly heats up over the warm sand providing us with nature's very own radiant heating system.
At low tide, the beach reveals tidal flats and smooth sand bars, great for power walking (sturdy enough for baby joggers), friendly pick-up wiffle ball games, and exploration, including oyster farms. Low tide is a great time to relax and read, while kids get busy hunting for hermit crabs, minnows and other beach creatures found by the bucketful in the clean, warm water tide pools. At high tide, Brewster beaches change completely, boasting gentle surf and warm water, excellent swimming and canoeing. Very gradual elevation changes make an easy water entry and exit for little ones.
Check out our mudflat exploration tours offered at low tide by naturalist guides from Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
For an additional $50, we provide all Guests with a beach pass in advance or upon check-in with access to six Brewster beaches and two freshwater Brewster Ponds. We recommend Crosby Landing Beach. Please note, the Bay Pines Beach on the Mansion side is reserved for Guests staying on the Mansion side. Guests staying on The Villages side do not have daytime access to the Bay Pines Beach.
Cape Cod National Seashore
The great “Outer Beach” of the Cape Cod National Seashore,
on the ocean side of the lower Cape, was described in great
detail by Thoreau in the 1800's, and today is a protected beach
within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach,
marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species from Orleans
and Chatham to Provincetown.
The Cape's Outer Beaches are worth checking out and, from Ocean Edge,
are but a short drive or a half-day bike trip. The surf might be a bit
higher and the water is a bit colder, but the scenery is fantastic,
offering glimpses of sand dunes, lighthouses, landscapes, and wild
cranberry bogs. The National Seashore includes six swimming beaches,
11 self-guided nature trails, picnic areas and scenic overlooks.
Some beaches (such as Marconi Beach) feature full bathhouses and changing areas.
National Seashore Beach Entrance Fees
$15 - Day $45 - Seasonal