On Cape Cod, Brewster Massachusetts has a long stretch of sandy shoreline to explore. One of the best places to go along this coastline is Crosby Landing Beach. After all, there’s nothing like spending time at the beach while you’re on vacation!
Here’s all the information you need about Crosby Landing before you go. Plus, we’ve put together some recommendations of other things to do and places to eat before or after your beach excursion.
Crosby Landing Beach Overview
Crosby Landing is one of the most peaceful and relaxing sections of the Cape Cod Bay shoreline in Brewster. It’s a fantastic place to get back to nature because all you’ll find are dunes, sand, calm waves, and salty air. The warm water will surely wash away all your stress and worries.
This beach is located in the far northeast corner of Brewster, just before crossing into Orleans. It’s a very short drive from Route 6A. A little farther east, Crosby Beach is ideal for beach walkers and playing in the sand.
Things to Do at Crosby Landing Beach
Offering spectacular views of Cape Cod Bay, Crosby Landing is one of the bigger bay beach locations in Brewster. Because of that, there’s plenty to do!
Go Swimming & Boogie Boarding
Of course, one of the most popular things to do at any beach is get into the water. Crosby Landing has pretty mellow waves, so the conditions are optimal for swimming, boogie boarding, and bodysurfing.
Walk the Tidal Flats
The Brewster Flats is a famous phenomenon that attracts visitors from all over the country. This 1 mile of sandbar emerges as the daily tide recedes into the bay, revealing plenty of tide pools and clam beds brimming with sea creatures — crabs, fish, snails, and more.
During this time of day, you can walk on the extended sandbar and explore the tidal pools. Children and the young at heart have a lot of fun looking for sea creatures and shells.
Meditate & Relax
Since Crosby Landing is less crowded than other Cape Cod beaches, it has a more laid-back, secluded atmosphere that’s excellent for meditating, doing yoga, and just relaxing in the sand.
It’s easy to find a serene place for your blanket, beach chair, or yoga mat. Then, you can just listen to the mellow waves and other calming nature sounds around you while breathing in the healing salt air.
Watch the Sunset
Backed by dunes, Crosby Landing offers some amazing views of the sunset. While you certainly get a scenic view from the beach and tidal pools, sitting or standing atop a dune offers an even better vantage point.
Crosby Landing Beach Parking, Hours, & More
Being one of the biggest Brewster beaches, Crosby Landing has a decent parking lot with plenty of spaces for vehicles. In addition, it has ample bike racks for visitors who ride to the beach.
Keep in mind that a parking pass is required if you visit Crosby Landing from June to Labor Day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone who bikes or walks to the beach, though, doesn’t need one.
Here are some other details to know before your visit:
- The beach closes at 10 p.m.
- Portable toilets are available from June to Labor Day.
- No lifeguards are on duty.
- Dogs aren’t permitted on the beach between May 1 and Oct. 1.
More Things to Do Near Crosby Landing Beach
Like other Cape Cod towns, Brewster has a lot to offer. When you’re done spending time at Crosby Landing, consider exploring some of these other things to do.
Check Out More Brewster Beaches
If you aren’t quite done beachcombing or bodysurfing, there’s a long list of other beaches in Brewster that you could visit. Alongside Crosby Landing, some of the best ones are Paine’s Creek, Breakwater Beach, and Point of Rocks Landing. Brewster has a few freshwater beaches as well.
Bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail
Crosby Landing Beach has plenty of bike racks for a reason. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is nearby and an absolutely delightful experience. The paved pathway extends for 27.6 miles from Yarmouth to Wellfleet, and there are lots of things to do and see along the way.
If you bike toward Harwich, the rail trail connects to the Old Colony Rail Trail, which leads to Chatham. There are many possibilities for adventure while exploring this Cape bike trail.
Explore Nickerson State Park
For more of a traditional park experience, you don’t have to go far. Nickerson State Park is within walking distance of Crosby Landing, giving you the chance to soak up even more sunshine.
This state park has more than 8 miles of trails, our favorite of which is the 2.8-mile Cliff Pond Trail loop. And, during the winter, you can go cross-country skiing.
The numerous ponds within the park offer several opportunities to go swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and motorized boating. Plus, you can go picnicking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Visit a Museum or Historical Site
Brewster has a rich history, and you can learn some about it by visiting the Cobb House Museum and Stony Brook Grist Mill. Located next to Drummer Boy Park, Windmill Village consists of a 1795 Higgins Farm Windmill, 1795 Harris-Black House, and 1867 Hopkins Blacksmith Shop.
On the other hand, you could visit the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. It has an aquarium, wildlife exhibits, archaeological exhibits, a butterfly exhibit, and interactive experiences. You can explore the museum’s nature trails and wildflower gardens too.
Museums and historical sites aren’t the only fun things to do in Brewster Massachusetts.
Enjoy Some Live Entertainment
If you’re looking for some live entertainment after a day at Crosby Landing, check out a performance at Cape Rep Theatre. The performers plan four to five indoor musicals and plays every year. Another option is The Woodshed, a restaurant with live music, cocktails, and more.
Where to Eat Near Crosby Landing Beach
Crosby Landing may be located in a small Cape Cod town, but there are dozens of dining options nearby. In fact, the restaurants in Brewster are among the best on the Cape.
Best Brewster Coffee Shop
When you need a pick-me-up during the day, Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters is the best place to get it. Since 2015, this shop has been serving specialty coffee in a comfortable atmosphere. The staff roasts and prepares the coffee before your eyes, creating the freshest cup possible.
You can grab a snack here too — oatmeal, pastries, granola bars, cookies, jerky, and more. The shop is only closed a few days out of the year!
Casual Restaurants in Brewster
There are a lot of family-friendly, casual restaurants near Crosby Landing Beach, but a couple of them stand out to us.
You can get a taste of Italian at Stone L’Oven Pizza Co., which hand tosses the pizza dough and bakes it on a stone-fired hearth. Along with creative specialties, the restaurant serves calzones, panini, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.
The Kitchen Cafe on Main Street is new, offering casual lunch and early dinner options including salads, gourmet sandwiches, soups, and pastas, as well as coffees and baked items. They also have a mini-airstream food truck that will offer fast to-go items in the warmer months!
For vegans, check out Fare & Just Kitchen for plant-based, organic food options. They don’t have much space to eat on-site, but offer a variety of well-prepared, healthy, and tasty menu items.
Brewster Fine Dining Restaurants
If you’re looking for a finer dining experience, whether or not it’s a special occasion, there are several options in Brewster. The Brewster Fish House, though, has been featured in Zagat and lives up to the expectation. The menu features a range of dishes, from lobster bisque to braised short ribs.
Spinnaker offers unique and delicious Italian-Mediterranean courses inspired by Chef Rob’s visits to Italy and Europe with his wife, Andrea. Delicately prepared fresh fish dishes, tender and tasty meat courses, and hand-made pastas promise to be some of the best you’ve ever had. Be sure to have the amazing bread pudding dessert!
Famous for hosting Julia Child, the 4-star Chillingsworth is a premier dining destination. Only open from May to Thanksgiving weekend, it features a la carte and multicourse menus. Also on the property, the Chills Bistro & Bar serves small plates and has a large wine selection.
And newer to the Brewster fine dining scene is Apt, offering special chef tasting menus as well as appetizer and main course menus that have pleased many guests. Several of these are within walking distance of the Candleberry Inn.
Seafood Restaurants Near Crosby Landing
When you specifically want seafood, the Brewster Inn & Chowder House makes homestyle dishes for lunch and dinner. You won’t find its scallop or fried oyster rolls at any other restaurant.
Another personal favorite is JT’s Seafood, which is open between mid-April and late September. It has earned several awards for its lobster rolls, fried clams, chowder, and ice cream. Also, you can order seafood entrees baked or grilled. And we can’t forget Cobe’s and Kate’s Seafood!
Brewster Dessert Shops
For something sweet at any time of day, Eat Cake 4 Breakfast Bakery makes cakes, cookies, scones, tarts, pies, and individual desserts. You can pair an espresso or coffee with your treat too.
Located next to The Brewster Store, Brewster Scoop is open from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. It has more than 30 flavors of ice cream, which you can turn into sundaes, floats, and frappes. The shop offers no-sugar ice cream, as well as sorbet, sherbet, and frozen yogurt.
Best Place to Stay Near Crosby Landing Beach
Just a 7-minute drive away, Candleberry Inn is the best place to stay when you want to spend the day at Crosby Landing. We even have complimentary beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas for you. Then, you can use our outdoor shower and grab some self-serve ice cream when you return.
You get more than convenience when you stay with Candleberry Inn, though. We offer upscale rooms and suites to ensure that your stay is comfortable and relaxing. Check our availability for your next Cape Cod vacation.