Distance to Beach: 1 mile | Distance to Town: 1.3 miles
West of Brant Point is the picturesque area known as the Cliff. This is a coveted section of the island for both buyers and summer rentals due to its close proximity to Town, calm north shore beaches & vast views. The Cliff remains one of the most sought after areas of Nantucket.
What To Do
Tupancy Links is a 74-acre parcel of conservation land that is located between Nantucket Harbor and Cliff Road. It’s a former nine-hole golf course that was donated to preserve the area and prevent further development. Offering approximately 1-½ miles of trails that offer a spectacular view of the island’s north shore, Tupancy Links is located at 165 Cliff Road and is also a very popular dog walking spot. Do note: there are no public facilities and you can’t access the beach from the trails.
No car? No problem. Cliff has convenient bike/walking paths to and from Town. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can cruise the 6-mile path to Madaket. Mostly flat terrain and miles of scenic Nantucket conservation land make this is a must on a summer day.
Where To Eat
The Galley has won countless awards, been voted the #1 venue for summer weddings (according to Oprah), and multiple Presidents and famous faces have dined at this establishment. Originally operated as a clam shack on Cliffside Beach in 1958, The Galley has evolved into one of the Northeast’s premier restaurants. An elegant, beachfront dining experience, you have to see to believe. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as they fill up quickly!
If you’re looking for something more casual, Something Natural is an island favorite. This is a popular spot for incredible sandwiches, made on their freshly baked bread, and baked goods. Don’t miss the carrot cake or chocolate chip cookies, also baked daily. Something Natural offers the perfect essentials for your bike ride or beach picnic.
Just between Jetties and Dionis is Steps Beach, an idyllic Nantucket beach with calmer waters than many south shore beaches. Earning its name from the steep steps that descend to and from the sand, Steps Beach offers sweeping views of the sound and Great Point. Gentle surf and a sandbar make this a great beach to escape for a few hours.
*Fisher Tip: In late August and early September bioluminescence can be seen in the water at night, lighting up the surf.
Washing Pond Beach, also known as Water Tower Beach, is a smaller beach off of Cliff Road with some parking. There are tide pools, small waves and it’s a great spot for finding shells and sea glass.