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Breakwater Beach

Swim in the clear, shallow waters of this sandy bay and return at low water to explore a sprawling field of fascinating tidal pools.

Search for shellfish hiding in the shallows or find a sunny, sheltered spot to rest in the dunes at beautiful Breakwater Beach.

Although a much-loved spot, the large size of Breakwater Beach ensures there is always plenty of room to escape the crowds. Put your sunglasses on and lie back on the warm sand or play beach games of Frisbee or volleyball. Explore the steep sand dunes behind the beach where you can spot birds and lizards among the thick bushes.

At high tide the beach is a great place to swim, as the shallow water ensures conditions are usually calm and the water is an agreeable temperature through the summer. Explore the coastline on a kayak or paddleboard or take a boat out to deeper water for some fishing. You will need your own watersports equipment as there are no rental shops nearby.

When the ocean begins to recede, notice the dinghies and fishing boats that are left slumped on the shore. The tide here races out, leaving almost 1 mile (2 kilometers) of open space at low water. See crabs and crayfish that wait in pools for the tide to return or continue on to the gently breaking waves. Put on a snorkel and mask to see the fish that inhabit the shallows or paddle your way toward Cobb’s Point to the west.

Treat yourself to ice cream from the truck that regularly drives through the parking lot. Return to the beach for a final swim and watch the setting sun over Cape Cod Bay.

Breakwater Beach is a 2-minute drive north of Brewster along Breakwater Road. Use the ample car parking available at a small charge or ride a bike here and lock it securely. There is no permanent café although toilet facilities are available throughout the vacation season.


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The Villages at Ocean Edge

One Villages Drive, Brewster, MA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Brewster resort is located near the beach, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Breakwater Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Skaket Beach.

    Captain Freeman Inn $194
    Captain Freeman Inn

    Captain Freeman Inn

    15 Breakwater Road, Brewster, MA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Brewster Ladies' Library and Breakwater Beach. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod $176
      Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod

      Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod

      1882 Main St, Brewster, MA
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Breakwater Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nickerson State Park and Corporation Beach. Skaket Beach and Nauset Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Private Beach Access, Great Family Get Away
        Private Beach Access, Great Family Get Away

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        Brewster, MA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brewster Ladies' Library, Breakwater Beach, and Cape Rep Theatre. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

          300 Yards to Beach, Pond Views, Large Enclosed Porch & 2 A/c's - Br0718
          300 Yards to Beach, Pond Views, Large Enclosed Porch & 2 A/c's - Br0718

          300 Yards to Beach, Pond Views, Large Enclosed Porch & 2 A/c's - Br0718

          Brewster, MA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the bay, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brewster Ladies' Library, Breakwater Beach, and Cape Rep Theatre. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

            The Old Manse Inn $199
            The Old Manse Inn

            The Old Manse Inn

            1861 Main St., Route 6A, Brewster, MA
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Brewster, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Brewster Ladies' Library and Breakwater Beach. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Walk to Private Association Bay Beach, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 5 A/c's - Br0634
              Walk to Private Association Bay Beach, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 5 A/c's - Br0634

              Walk to Private Association Bay Beach, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 5 A/c's - Br0634

              Brewster, MA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Brewster, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brewster Ladies' Library, Breakwater Beach, and Cape Rep Theatre. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

                Pepper House Inn
                Pepper House Inn

                Pepper House Inn

                2062 Main Street RT. 6A, Brewster, MA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Brewster Ladies' Library and Breakwater Beach. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill are also within 3 mi (5 km).