BEACHES ON NANTUCKET ISLAND
then, that these Nantucketers, born on a beach, should take to the
for a livelihood!... Two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the
For the sea is his; he owns it, as Emperors own empires."
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Pristine, hidden, sparkling, breezy beaches.
Some sheltered by dunes, some calm, some rough,
Serene waters. Surfing waves. Swimming
Scenic beaches where you can watch the mega
yachts or boats come in.
Nantucket is well-known for its
Twenty-three beaches exist on Nantucket.
The freedom to explores miles and miles of sand
is at your doorstep.
Discover the freedom to find little known
the simple pleasures so
irresistible, So available. Go on...explore!
continuing on from Children’s Beach
and passing on your right the White
Elephant - another asset of the mega
tycoon Nantucket property owner
Nantucket Island Resort – the
historic Brandt Point Beach is
within your reach; here feast your
eyes on the second oldest Light
House on the USA (the oldest
being in Boston Massachusetts) - a
beacon for the sailor and whaler
entering the picturesque Nantucket
Harbor. Watch the many yachting
vessels coming and going and, if you
arrive late any afternoon, you may
be one of many uninvited guests
attending one of the many weddings
conducted at this romantic spot
annually. Within a stone’s throw,
John and Theresa Heinz Kerry may be
Children's Beach - a five
minute walk or imagine three city
blocks walk from the Century House,
passing along the way – four houses
from the Century House - Nantucket
Island Resort’s Harbor House – a
hotel in the old tradition hosting
large conferences (the most popular
being the Wachovia Financial
Institution’s Annual Event) – and
the Point Breeze Hotel, a grand old
lady with history back to the 1800’s
currently under an $80 million
reconstruction to its former glory
with an anticipated opening late
Season 2008. While in the neighbor
of Children’s Beach, enjoying the
vista of our glorious harbor with
its mega yachts and 6’ dinghies know
that the home of Anne O’Meara and
Stiller – parents of Stiller (the
famous young successful comedian) is
within your reach!!
NRTA: Madaket Route: Easton
and North Water streets stop
(outbound only), Easton and South
Beach streets stop (inbound only)
• Dionis Beach -
Dionis Beach has a bike
path spur leading to it. Best for
sun-worshippers. Very quiet, with
secluded spots that can be explored.
Un-crowded. Cool, calm waters.
Close to 40th pole. Facilities. NRTA:
Madaket Route. Eel Point Road stop.
• Eel Point
Eel Point is well known for sunsets,
fishing, digging quahogs and the
bathtubs. Bathtubs are shallow pools
of sand filled with warm seawater.
Great for lounging, when the tide is
low. Mosquitoes are popular here. No
facilities here. Walk from the
parking space. At the end of Eel
Point Road. NRTA: Madaket Route.
Warren's Landing Road stop.
• 40TH Pole
40th Pole is a heaven to
cool off and splash around with the
children. 40th Pole, used to be an
island secret, discovered by the
curious minds. Approximately 40
telephone poles west on Eel Point
Road from Madaket Road on the north
side of the road. Nantucket Sound is
like a bathtub during the summer.
Crowded in July and August. Warm
water. NRTA: Madaket Route. Eel
Point Road stop.
• Francis Street
beach at the end of
Francis Street. Calm
views. A five-minute
walk from Main
No parking available.
Beach - so
called because of its jetties that
quiet the waters for the shipping
vessels approaching Nantucket Harbor
– is about a 10-20 minute walk from
the Century House; stroll up Cliff
Road passing the mega homes of
yesteryears recently undergoing
multi million dollar restorations
and enjoy the views, the founders of
the Horshow Collection; As you
follow your fellow sun worshippers
you will stroll down the original
cobblestoned Sherburne Turnpike to
the beach. If you miss a beat and
take a left you will discover a
property shaped as a shoe that
housed the family of Gilbreth ---
the husband and wife efficiency
experts with 12 children who
summered on Nantucket. The family
and their book Cheaper By the Dozen
was close to a bible for
Innkeeperette JeanE’s family of 6
children – and mentors of her
parents. A classic beach
with all the amenities walking
distance from town. Bathhouse and
restaurant on the beach, bike racks,
parking lot, pay phone, jungle gym,
sailboat and windsurfer rentals and
Boston Pops performs on Jetties
Beach every August. NRTA:
Jetties Beach Route, Jetties Beach
• Steps Beach -
because one descend down the side of
the cliff about 100 steps. A
fifteen minute walk from the Century
House and approached just at the
point where one would descended the
cobblestones of “Sherburne Turnpike”
to the Jetties Beach. Entering a
cul-de-sac, with the home of renown
architect Gund watching over your
arrival, Step’s Beach is enjoyed by
those wanting the same vista as the
Jetties – with the approaching and
departing sea vessels – but not the
crowds (and knowing there are no
Historically, Steps Beach was the
secret of the Island Innkeepers
who congregated daily for an hour or
two to escape the demands of their
work. However, with time and
enthusiasm, the secret hide-away
lost its mystery and is now enjoyed
by bathers and artists alike.
August/September at night harmless
luminescent jellyfish blue-green
also known as phosphorescence
bathe in the waters. Limited
parking. NRTA: Jetties Beach Route,
Jetties Beach stop.
Located at the south end
of Hummock Pond Road and the last
left prior to turning onto the
beach. Occasional fog, heavy surf,
deep waters. Parking lot and surfing
schools. Lifeguards. Parking. NRTA:
Lady's Beach -
Off the beaten beach path
and a beautiful drive or bike ride
from town. When Bartlett Farm Road
ends, go left, following the dirt
road all the way to the beach. Best
location for getting away from it
all. Fishing and sunsets.
A relatively un-crowded
beach on the South Shore close to
Bartlett's Farm. Lunch served at
Bartlett's Farm. Cisco Brewers is
also close by. Strong rip currents,
deep water, heavy surf. NRTA: N/A.
Ocean and pond beach
experiences. Another great beach for
children and their families that is
close to town: pond for children,
ocean for adults. Great surf to
play in even on calm days and access
to Miacomet Pond. Located at the
south ends of Miacomet and West
Miacomet Roads. Lifeguards. NRTA:
Miacomet Loop Route; Surfside Drive
• Madaket Beach -
Best sunset. The sun sets
into the water just seven miles from
town at the end of Madaket Road.
Drive, bike or ride the bus. Bring a
light picnic dinner, a blanket and
capture with a camera breathtaking
views. A truly quintessential
Nantucket experience. Located at the
southwest end of Madaket Road.
Known for sunsets, families and all
beachgoers. Surfing and fishing
early mornings and evenings. NRTA:
Madaket Route; West End stop.
• Nobadeer -
Surfing, beach driving,
people watching and partying.
College and high school students
crowd this beach. Located East end
of Nobadeer Avenue. NRTA: Surfside
Beach Route; Surfside stop.
Smith's Point -
Strong rip currents, deep water,
heavy surf, especially near the
channel. Located at the SW end of
Massachusetts Avenue in Madaket.
NRTA: Madaket Route; West End stop .
• Surfside Beach -
Located at the south end
of Surfside Road and the bike path.
Great for all beachgoers. Known
location for early morning and
evening fishing. People watching,
sunsets and beachcombing. Heavy
surf. Bathhouse, concession stand,
pay phone, bike racks and parking.
NRTA: Surfside Beach Route. Surfside
• Tom Nevers (Pebble Beach)
Sunbathe and swim, fish
and watch the sun set.
Strong rip currents,
deep water, heavy surf, occasional
fog. NRTA: Sconset via Milestone
Road or Sconset via Old South Road
routes. Tom Nevers Stop.
Coatue is the narrow
ribbon of land across the northern
shore of Nantucket that creates the
actual harbor. A very fragile and
irreplaceable spot, it is more
practical to visit by boat or
kayak. These can be rented. Be
careful if you choose to visit here,
since help is a long way off. You
must prepare accordingly. Make sure
to have the proper equipment.
• Great Point -
For this beach you need a four-wheel drive vehicle
with a permit to access
one of the truly beautiful beaches
on the island. Access requires
permit for four-wheel drive
vehicles. These vehicles are available
to rent from
island rental companies. The
lighthouse on this beach is breathtaking. Very
fine and soft sand. A favorite
surfcasting beach. Parking.
Restrooms. NRTA: N/A Properly
deflate tires to 12 PSI.
half way from the harbor to head of
the harbor, Pocomo Beach Point
offers warm calm waters. An
excellent spot for windsurfing, or
kayaking. Great Beach for small
children. There is little parking.
• Sconset Beach. -
This beach has a very
strong undertow. Surf can be heavy.
Rougher waters and waves, and
perfect for an oceanside picnic
lunch. Worth visiting. You can
reach it by car, by Nantucket
shuttle bus, or by a 7-mile bike
path which is breathtaking.
Lifeguards are usually on duty. It
is a short walk to the village of
Sconset. Regular shuttle bus service
available daily. The seven-mile ride
on paved bike path is recommended
for those who love to bike. Food
available in nearby village of
• Quidnet Beach. -
At the end of Sesachacha
Road. Great view of Sankaty Head
Lighthouse. A remote, secluded and
private beach, but open to public.
The Travel Channel mentioned this
beach as a destination. Very fine
and soft sand. Ideal for families
with children. Fishing. Beach
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