Dowses Beach

(508) 420-2403
41.622489, -70.366594
348 E. Bay Road
Osterville, MA 02655
Barnstable County

Dowses Beach is a residential beach located on a peninsula offering many vistas. A small pier is available for fishing or taking in the view. Sand is coarse, with crushed shells and pebbles mixed throughout with dried and fresh seaweed closer to the water’s edge. The slope to the water is gradual with waves ranging from small to lake-like; the bay area is the mildest.

icon clock

Hours Of Operation

9am to 9pm

icon clock


Resident beach stickers are required to park year round. Stickers are on sale May 1 and are available at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center 141 at Basset Lane, Hyannis. Additional parking is possible on Main Street; pay attention to signs posted. (508) 790-6345 x110
Beach Sticker Information
Beach Parking Regulations 
If renting landlord transferable parking permits are an option to gain entry to the beach.

icon lifeguard

Life Guard

On-duty daily 9am to 5pm starting mid-June and ending Labor Day

icon campfire


Not Allowed

icon clock


Carry in/carry out beach with food vendors available within 5 minutes driving. Ice cream trucks stop in periodically.

icon clock


Motels/hotels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes of driving.

icon clock


Not allowed May 15-September 15

icon picnik table

Picnic Area

Tables are available near the bathrooms.

icon clock



icon clock

Public Transportation

icon clock

Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and showers are available near the entrance, 9am to 4:30pm.

icon clock

Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding


icon clock

Walking Trails


icon water quailty

Water Quality

Water quality is monitored from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information please call (617) 626-1250. The accepted standard is 104 CFU/100mL in a single day or an average of 35 CFU/100mL over five days. The link below is the test results from 2003 to the current year. Dowses Beach Water Quality

icon clock

Water Temperature
Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

icon comment

Beach Reviews

You may leave a review about this beach.

You must have a membership. Please login or create an account.

Go to top