With so many beaches on Nantucket to choose from there is a patch of sand for every mood, however the amount of choices can be overwhelming. Below are some favorites to narrow down the choices.
This little harbor beach is a protected cove just west of Steamship Wharf. The wee ones will love the park with its slides, swings and spider web to climb. There are restrooms, lifeguards, a snack bar and even a bandstand for free weekend concerts. Play frisbee or catch a football on the grass or enjoy a picnic.
About 4 miles from town, in the southwestern quadrant of the island. Take Main St. to Milk Street., which becomes Hummock Pond Rd. Cisco is a big hit with the surfers and young crowd. You will usually see a food vendor or two there for light bites. Restrooms are available, and lifeguards are on duty. You can schedule your private or group surf lessons from morning to late afternoon.
It’s about a 3 mile drive out of town. You can also bike using the bike path almost the entire way from Town. Head down Eel point road and you will see Dionis Beach on the right hand side painted on a rock. Dionis is gentle surf on the sound side. It’s wonderful for small children. Families can drive their vehicles on with the required beach sticker from Eel Point road (available at the police department) or there is parking. There are restroom facilities but no food so bring your lobster rolls!
Located about a 20 min walk from town. It’s a very popular spot for Families. Great beach for the littles, collect shells or float about on the gentle current. The Sandbar restaurant serves up some good casual grub you can enjoy in your swimsuit! There is a playground and also bathrooms. Grab a good spot to watch the July fourth fireworks or take part in the annual sandcastle competition.
If you are feeling energetic take the 6-mile bike path all the way out west! There is of course the shuttle bus if you want to save your legs and time! This westerly beach isn’t the best for swimming but it certainly is the place for spectacular sunsets and fishing! Millies restaurant serves up wonderful food all day. Wash down your Mahi Mahi Tacos with a Margarita!
Here you will find a pond and ocean and beautiful scenery. If you continue to the end of a bumpy Miacomet road and park in parking lot, there is a trail head that leads to a lovely beach with very few people and gentle waves. There is also a nude beach if you have forgotten to pack your swimsuit!
The eastern coast of the island is quaint and charming with rose covered cottages and shell paths. The beach has a strong undertow and not the best for any swimmer, there are usually lifeguards on duty however and it never get too busy. It’s a 7-mile bike ride but the shuttle bus will take you all the way out. A couple of places to grab lunch and restroom facilities. Grab an Ice cream at the Sconset market at the end of the day!
Just three miles south of town with a dedicated bike path almost the entire way. Equipped with lifeguards, restrooms, and a food shack that serves up great burgers and hotdogs. A big parking lot and super popular for all ages!
Sesachacha Pond is located on the east shore off Quidnet Road and is a brackish pond separated from the ocean. The water is warm, seaweed free and calm. Paddling is easy and stress-free for small kids. You can also kayak, take your floaties or Hobie Cat and spend the day. Parking can be a challenge so get there early! If you want the ocean beach it’s a 2 minute walk over the dunes.