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Best Nantucket Island Beaches


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Best Nantucket Island Beaches

Whether you’re looking for a beach that feels like a private escape or a bustling public beach with all the conveniences, Nantucket island beaches have something for everyone! Here is Fisher Real Estate’s round up of some of the best beaches on Nantucket.

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North Shore – Calmer Waters

1. Jetties Beach Close to town with parking, a playground and the Sandbar restaurant.
2. Brant Point The best place to watch the boats and ferries round the point and the scenic lighthouse.
3. Children’s Beach Closest beach to town. With a playground, stage and Gyp-Sea Cafe, it’s ideal for children.
4. Steps Beach Picturesque beach between Dionis and Jetties Beach with views of the Nantucket Sound and Great Point.
5. Dionis Calm waters and peaceful beach with restrooms and parking. Approximately a 3-mile bike from town.
6. 40th Pole A local favorite, with drive-on access and views of Smith’s Point and the Cape. Vehicle permit and 4-wheel drive required.

South Shore – Surf Beaches

7. Tom Nevers Big parking lot, multiple softball fields and playground.
8. Nobadeer Popular drive-on beach with larger waves. Vehicle permit and 4-wheel drive required.
9. Surfside Family-friendly beach with shuttle services, restrooms, parking, bike racks, snack bar and multiple food trucks.
10. Miacomet Less busy South Shore beach 2.5 miles from town, and close to Bartlett’s Farm.
11. Cisco Very popular beach with a surf school on-site and various food carts/trucks often on-site.
12. Madaket/Smith’s Point Famous sunset-watching destination down the street from Millie’s Restaurant & Millies Market.

Eastern Shore – Moderate Surf Beaches

12. ‘Sconset Accessible by the NRTA shuttle or a 6-mile bike ride. Food available nearby in ‘Sconset Village.
13. Quidnet Typically a calmer water beach that boarders Sesachacha Pond. No facilities or lifeguards.
14. Pocomo Warm water, great for kayaking.
15. Great Point Beach Vehicle permit, or day pass, and 4-wheel drive required.

Deer Tick Awareness

Deer ticks are commonly found in high-moisture sites, so exercise caution when walking in woods, marshy areas, tall grass and along the edges of fields and lawns. At the beach, walk in the middle of trails and stay away from the beach grass in the dunes. Along with your SPF, wearing DEET insect repellent will discourage ticks.

For additional information on tick-borne diseases, click here to read a guest blog from the Nantucket Cottage Hospital