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North Shore Beaches
Brant Point Beach — Located right at the Brant Point
Lighthouse, this is not really a beach that you can swim at. There
is some sand but the currents are very strong with lots of boat
traffic and no lifeguards or restrooms. This is a nice place to sit
and watch the boats go by or the artists painting the lighthouse,
but swimming is not recommended.
Children's Beach — Located right on the harbor, this is
the most wave free beach you can find on Nantucket. There is a
playground and bandstand nearby. This beach has lifeguards and
Jetties Beach — Just a short walk from town, this beach
has tennis courts, a skateboard park, and a playground. Being on the
north shore, the waves are not that large. It is a nice family
beach. The annual Boston Pops concert is held on Jetties. This beach
has lifeguards and restrooms.
Dionis Beach — Located on the western side of the north
shore, Dionis beach is more remote than Jetties. This beach is
loaded with seashells (and seaweed). Waves are generally small and
the beach is very long. Many families like this beach.
South Shore Beaches
Cisco Beach — Located on the western side of the south
shore at the end of Hummock Pond Road, this beach is known for
surfers and soft sand, very soft sand. The surf is very strong and
there are limited lifeguards and restrooms.
Miacomet Beach — Located at the end of Miacomet Road or
South Shore Drive, this beach has very heavy surf and very strong
currents. It is a long beach with a lifeguard in one area. There are
Surfside Beach — Located at the end of Surfside Road, this
is a very popular beach with the younger crowd. It is easily reached
by bus or bike. The surf can be heavy. Food, restrooms and
lifeguards are at this beach.
Tom Nevers Beach — Located at the end of Tom Nevers Road,
this beach has very coarse sand. The surf can be heavy and there are
no lifeguards or restrooms available.
Western Shore Beaches
Eel Point Beach — This beach is very remote being on the
most western end of the North shore and is also subject to tidal
flooding. It is possible to get stranded out there if the conditions
are right. There is lots of sea grass which is great for eels, hence
the name of the beach. Eel Point is the best beach on Nantucket for
collecting seashells. You can walk all around the point and find
some shells that you won't find on any of the other beaches. Bring a
bucket to fill with shells. There are no lifeguards or restrooms on
this beach. You are on your own. Eel Point is also a great place to
watch the sunsets. Not as nice as Madaket, but a very close second.
Madaket Beach — This is a huge beach and is THE beach for
watching the sunsets. The western most tip of the beach is only
accessible by four-wheel drive vehicle. There are some lifeguards
and restrooms but not on the entire length of the beach. The surf is
Eastern Shore Beaches
Siasconset Beach — Located at the end of Milestone Road,
this beach has heavy surf. There are lifeguards but no food or
Great Point Beach — This beach is very, very long. There
are no lifeguards and it is part of the Coatue Wildlife Refuge. To
access it by four-wheel drive vehicle, you need a special pass,
which is $125.00 for the season (see above).
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