Cape Cod is filled with great places for outdoor exploration. The Cape is home to uniquely different beaches that are all relatively close to one another as well as thick foliage that shades the area and adds to its charm. Land or sea, you’re sure to find outdoor activities that fit your needs. One of our favorite spots is Cliff Pond in Brewster. Just 10 minutes away from Candleberry Inn, this freshwater pond is a great break from the salty ocean. The pond offers roped off swimming, boat rentals, a small beach, and gorgeous, lush scenery. Cliff Pond’s location in Nickerson State Park makes it a great starting point for some hiking trails! Discover more outdoor recreation in Brewster with our complimentary Vacation Guide.
4 Things to Do at Cliff Pond in Brewster
Take a Swim
Locals and visitors alike frequent Cliff Pond for the fantastic swimming! The pond has a section roped off to ensure fun and safe swimming. The pond is also incredibly clean, has minimal vegetation. This, paired with the pond’s soft sand beach, emulate being on the ocean with none of the rough waves or saltwater.
Float serenely while gazing up at the trees lining the blue skies on the still water. With stunning, clear water and warm temperatures in the summer months, you are sure to love taking a refreshing dip at Cliff Pond in Brewster. However, if you do wish to challenge yourself, we know the best beaches on the Cape for swimming!
Float Your Boat Around
Cliff Pond in Brewster is the perfect spot for boating because of its calm waters. Jack’s Boat Rentals offers a variety of rentals like canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. The rentals are charged by the half hour with every fourth hour free. So, plan a whole day of adventure on the water and save!
The pond spans across 204 acres, giving you more than enough room to share the water with your neighbors. Enjoy a light breeze as you journey out on the pond. You’ll love a leisurely paddle at Cliff Pond in Brewster while appreciating the surrounding scenery. You can also reach great views with other Nickerson State Park activities like hiking and biking!
Cast a Line
Cliff Pond in Brewster is one of the best places for freshwater fishing on Cape Cod, especially trout fishing! The pond is the most heavily stocked trout water in the area. Cast a line and reel in brook, brown, and rainbow trout from the shore or boat. To catch these beauties, we recommend fishing from a boat because they are usually located at depths of 30 to 40 feet. Use smelt streamers or small, narrow spoons and spinners. Other types of freshwater fish can be found in the pond as well. Beginners and experienced fishermen will be impressed with Cliff Pond’s bounty.
Hike Through Nature
When you’re done exploring on the water, you can enjoy the nature of Cliff Pond in Brewster by land! Embark on one of the many hiking trails throughout the area. Nickerson State Park’s trails are the No. 1 spot for hiking on the Cape!
We recommend taking the Cliff Pond Trail. This 2.8-mile hike loops around the pond and is good for all skill levels. The rest of Nickerson State Park offers more 8 miles of trails as well. The sand dunes and salt marshes will disappear as you ascend to a retreat of pine forests and lush hills. Whether you choose to hike or bike, these trails are fun for adventurers of any level.
Relax Indoors at Candleberry Inn
After a full day of exploring Cliff Pond in Brewster, return to Candleberry Inn to delight in all the best indoor accommodations. Our quintessential Cape Cod inn boasts a light and airy feel paired with only the best amenities, so you can achieve ultimate relaxation. Our inn is the perfect place to rest your body after a day at Cliff Pond, but it’s also a great way to prepare for your excursion! Fuel up with breakfast made from only the freshest, local ingredients every morning of your stay.
Stay in the Garden Suite at Candleberry Inn and enjoy optimal comfort and privacy. This suite is located on the first floor of the Carriage House and has newly refinished hardwood floors, private patio, a king-size bed, and a coastal-themed sitting area complete with a sleeper loveseat for a third guest.