Distance to Beach: 1-2 miles | Distance to Town: 6 miles
On the western end of Nantucket, find Madaket… a laid-back area is known for its sunsets, pristine beaches and one of Nantucket’s best summer restaurants. Approximately six miles west of Town, Madaket offers sandy trails, flowering moors and miles of coastline. While this neighborhood offers limited retail and grocery amenities, it more than makes up for it with its incredible landscape and more casual vibe.
What To Do
Bill Fisher Outfitters is a high-end charter and guide service based out of Madaket that specializes in fly and spin fishing. Join Captain Bill, Captain Corey or our own, Captain Cam Gammill and enjoy everything these seasoned fishermen have in store for you. Whether it’s inshore, offshore or bottom fishing, these guys know their stuff. Luckily, Nantucket is a world class destinatinon for striped bass, tuna, bluefish, fluke and bonito. Chances are you’ll be handsomely rewarded every time.
A wilderness hike with Nantucket Walkabout is a great activity for the whole family. These hikes take place at Smith’s Point, the channel between Madaket Harbor and Tuckernuck Island. Known to locals as Esther’s Island, this area was named after the 1961 Hurricane Esther. This hurricane temporarily cut off half of Smith’s Point from the rest of the island. This is Nantucket’s westernmost end and the place to see seals sunbathing, nesting piping plovers, oyster farmers and great views of Tuckernuck Island. This is a perfect spot for kids due to its shallow, calm bay for spotting hermit crabs, minnows and other wildlife.
Where To Eat
Millie’s Restaurant is a Nantucket staple and should be at the top of your to-do list while on island. This popular dining spot is named after “Madaket Millie” Jewett, an island legend who spent her life caring for the beaches, animals and people of Madaket. Millie sold ice cream and greeted travelers from her yard on Hither Creek. She also patrolled the coastline looking for shipwrecks, which earned her the highest civilian rank from the US Coast Guard. Today, Millie’s Restaurant is the go-to place for delicious cocktails, baja-style tacos, quesadillas, po boys and salads. Order a Madaket Mystery and an Eel Point taco and watch the most incredible sunset from their dining room.
Next to Millie’s Restaurant is the Millie’s Market with everything you need for your beach day. From general groceries, prepared foods, wine and beer to beach and chair rentals, the market has you covered. They also offer alcohol delivery and sell kegs. Best of all, they serve ice cream and smoothies all day long!
Madaket Beach is a popular soft sand beach with strong surf. Six miles from Town, this beach is accessible by bike, bus and offers parking. However, parking spaces are minimal so get there early. Due to powerful waves, this beach can have a strong undertow and rip currents. Please be sure to check in with the lifeguards about conditions before diving in. Also note, the western-tip of Madaket Beach is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles with a permit.