With miles and miles of beautiful sandy coast, it’s no surprise that Nantucket offers an abundance of beaches to choose from. Whether you’re looking to surf, sunbathe, or dip your toes into calm waters, there’s a little something for everyone. We’ve broken down our Nantucket beaches by shore and characteristics, so you can make the decision more easily.
The North Shore
The calm waters of the north shore are perfect for families or those looking for a more relaxed day around the water. Jetties Beach is great if you’re seeking lots of amenities- stop by Sandbar for lunch or a drink, and enjoy full access to restrooms and a gift shop. Brant Point is just steps from Town. While not the best place for swimming, it’s a great spot to sit and watch the boat traffic go by. Or to simply enjoy Brant Point Lighthouse! Children’s Beach features a playground and a grassy field perfect for playing frisbee. It’s a good choice if you have little ones looking for a quick dip. Finally, head to Dionis for calm waters and pristine sands. It’s a 3-mile bike ride from town, but we think it’s well worth it!
The South Shore
If you’re looking for a little more excitement, head to the south shore for heavy surf. Tom Nevers has plenty of parking, a playground, and even a roller rink! Surfside is relatively close to town by bike- this popular spot offers restrooms and the delicious Surfside Beach Shack and Taco Truck. If you’re looking for someplace a little more secluded, try Miacomet. This beach is a good place to stop while going to or from the Miacomet Golf Course. Cisco beach, on the other hand, is a popular spot for surf lessons and it can get very busy. If you get hungry, be sure to grab a hot dog from the Nantucket Beach Dogs cart! At our island’s west end lies Madaket beach. A great place to go in the early evening, it’s known for Millie’s restaurant and breathtaking summer sunsets.
The Eastern Shore
‘Sconset beach is quite the hike from town, so we suggest riding the NRTA bus. While there are no eateries on the beach, you can grab a quick bite from the nearby ‘Sconset Village. Quidnet is a peaceful spot which borders Sesachacha Pond. It’s the perfect place to relax, but be aware there are no facilities or lifeguards! Further north, you’ll find Pocomo. The warm waters here are great for kayaking and paddle boarding. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, grab a beach vehicle permit, deflate your tires, and head out to Great Point. This is a great spot to see seals, if you can get to it!