The water on the bay side of Cape Cod is warmer than the ocean side and has less surf, making it a favorite destination for the under-7 set. Paines Creek Beach in Brewster is one of those gems that seems to have been built for the pail-and-shovel crowd, who lounge in the tidal pools or scramble to find fiddler and horseshoe crabs. Plan to be there at high tide, or you may have to walk a mile from the parking lot to get to water's edge.
Paines Creek is an extremely versatile beach with something to offer for everyone, especially children. With several different segments of land, including grassy, sandy and rocky areas, this beach is especially picturesque. It has several pools and creeks at low tide, but if you don't want to walk a marathon to get to the sea make sure to get there during high tide.
Parking is limited, so get there early or find an alternate means of transportation.