Brant Point is perhaps the most iconic of Nantucket Island areas. The location allows for a quick walk into the heart of town, or for leisurely strolls past oceanfront homes and Brant Point Lighthouse. Take the kids to the calm sea waters of Jetties or Children’s Beach and grab a bite to eat with your toes in the sand at Sandbar Beach Bar and Restaurant. This location is a highly desired summer location.
Hop on a bike and peddle along a scenic bike path to any of Cisco’s coveted destinations. Stop at Cisco Brewers (kids and dogs welcome) for live music and indulge in local craft beer, wine and spirits. Grab a sandwich at Bartlett’s Farm and eat lunch at any of the gorgeous surf beaches, and pick up fresh seafood at 167 Raw fish market for dinner on the way home. Kayak or canoe on Hummock Pond, or birdwatch from the shores abutted by sprawling conservation land.
Cliff is a highly sought after location on Nantucket. Just on the outskirts of town, walking to restaurants and shopping is quick and convenient. The Cliff offers expansive and panoramic views of Nantucket Sound, lovely bike paths, as well as easy access to the famous staircase leading down to Steps Beach. Don’t forget to visit Something Natural for one of the best sandwiches on Nantucket.
Dionis is located outside town between the Cliff and Madaket areas. With acres of conservation land, grand waterfront estates, and the calm waters of Nantucket Sound, Dionis offers full immersion into the beauty of Nantucket. If a long beach day lies ahead in your agenda, you can pack a cooler and drive along scenic dirt roads right onto the beach (beach vehicle permit required) at 40th Pole.
You may already be familiar with the unparalleled sunsets seen from Madaket beach. Be sure to stop at Millie’s for a fish taco and a Madaket Mystery and have a front seat sunset experience. Madaket is located at the west end of the island and is the perfect place for boating, fishing, biking and exploring. The beaches do have strong surf so be sure to check the lifeguard flags before swimming.
Travel down a long and dusty road to reach the legendary Madequecham beach. Depending on the weather and the tides, the waves could either be suitable for surfing or may be calm. This area of Nantucket offers a real taste of the island’s traditional untouched beauty.
If you love spending time outdoors, Miacomet is the place for you. Spend a day on Miacomet Golf Course- a public 18-hole exquisitely scenic and manicured. If golfing is not the plan, head down to Miacomet beach and listen to the waves. Walk over the dunes to find yourself at tranquil Miacomet Pond, saturated with the sounds and sights of wildlife. Down every road in Miacomet, you are immersed in Nantucket’s most pure and native scenery.
Monomoy is a quiet and picturesque neighborhood with spectacular views of the Harbor and the Town’s magnificent skyline. Enjoy outstanding shell fishing and boating in Monomoy Harbor, or stroll along the water’s edge collecting shells and clearing your mind.
Naushop is a quaint and classic neighborhood with white fences, brick driveways and well-manicured landscaping. This neighborhood has a community pool, tennis courts, and playground for those who live there to utilize and enjoy.
Polpis is known as a pastoral and rustic area of the island. A true private oasis for those seeking solitude. Polpis is home to Nantucket’s working cranberry bogs as well as nature paths among the wildlife. Even the drive down winding Polpis Road is truly scenic, showcasing Nantucket’s beauty around every turn.
Pocomo sits on high land looking out across calm waters towards the Harbor. Turn off the road to Wauwinet and park in a small dirt parking lot to access the beach. This is a popular spot to either participate in or watch kite boarders and windsurfers zip along the vibrant blue waters. Pocomo Beach is a great location to walk along the beach for exercise or leisure, and really feel immersed in peaceful seclusion. Most homes in the Pocomo area sit at the end of long drives, offering utmost privacy.
Quidnet is located between ‘Sconset and Wauwinet on the eastern part of the island. A flawless summer retreat, Quidnet is quiet and pristine and surrounded by conservation land. Enjoy unbelievable waters views of Sesachacha Pond and the ocean. The calm waters of the Pond are perfect for a family day at the beach, as well as paddle boarding and other water activities. If you prefer bigger surf, cross the dune for access to the open ocean. Squam offers brilliant ocean views and surroundings, private beaches and unbelievable residential properties. The best part is that this area is backed by hundreds of acres of conservation land.
Siasconset, or simply referred to by locals as ‘Sconset, is a town located on the East end of the island 7 miles from downtown Nantucket. ‘Sconset village actually has its own post office, market and zip code! Stroll down quaint streets through the historic village of ‘Sconset and fully immerse yourself in Nantucket’s antiquity. With rose-covered cottages and charming gardens, this town harkens back to Nantucket’s historic whaling days. Don’t miss the ‘Sconset Bluff walk- this path follows the edge of the bluff overlooking the ocean and past many magnificent oceanfront homes.
Surfside is a true beach-lovers location of the island. Surfside beach is a very popular south shore beach for families to enjoy. The surf can be heavy at times, but the presence of lifeguards is reassuring for parents. However, still be sure to swim with caution and watch the lifeguard flags for surf conditions. Stop by the snack shack at Surfside Beach for a delicious burger and ice cream treats! Fisherman’s Beach and Nobadeer Beach are two other favorites in the Surfside area. You can drive onto Nobadeer beach with your beach vehicle permit and Nobadeer is known as the ultimate surfing beach on island.
Tom Nevers is accessible off Milestone Road, right before you reach the town of ‘Sconset. Tom Nevers is a more secluded area with lots of beautiful open space and areas of thick woodland. Tom Nevers Field is a park with a playground, basketball hoops, and softball fields and is right next to Tom Nevers beach. Every September, the Nantucket Island Fair is held at Tom Nevers Field which offers entertainment for the whole family. Tom Nevers is an ideal location for those wanting some distance between their home and the bustle of Town.
If you desire being among high energy in the heart of Nantucket, town is the right place for you. Town is home to world-class restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and historic landmarks. Walk along the quaint side streets past homes from the whaling era and soak in the beauty of the blooming hydrangeas and roses in pocket gardens. Nantucket’s Downtown has been thoughtfully preserved to keep its historic flair- with its famous cobblestone streets, brick buildings and nautical atmosphere, there is no other town in the world like ours.
Wauwinet sits nestled between water- the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Harbor on the other. Its location is prime for sailing, boating, or other seaside activities. Wauwinet is the entrance to access Great Point, the peninsula that is the northernmost tip of Nantucket. This can be achieved either by boat or four-wheel drive vehicle with beach permit. On this peninsula sits the famous Great Point Light as well as miles of untouched and pristine landscape. Thankfully, Great Point is protected under the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the state’s Trustees of Reservations in order to preserve its beauty and only be touched by the hands of nature.