How to Pick from the Best of the Best: A Short + Sweet Guide to Nantucket’s Beaches

How to Pick from the Best of the Best: A Short + Sweet Guide to Nantucket’s Beaches

Memorial Day weekend on Nantucket brings with it sailors, sailboats, and oh-so-real daydreams of steamy beach days. Whether you picture yourself surrounded by laughing children, or ensconced in the hot sand alone, rest assured - Nantucket can accommodate every sandy whim or wish. Below, find six perfect beaches for any day on the island. 

For the Whole Family:

Jetties Beach is the perfect haven for the little guys of your troupe. The ocean is calm, patrolled by lifeguards, and kayak and sailing lessons are available on site. The Jetties Restaurant is situated right on the beach and offers family-friendly dining options, changing rooms, restrooms and a hoppin' raw bar if you get a chance. Don't forget to check out the public tennis courts and playground!

For the Adventure-seeker:

Great Point is one of only a couple beaches on Nantucket that you can drive on and off with your car. This spacious and pristine spot is perfect if you are looking for a little more privacy, or if you are eager to explore Nantucket's natural environment. Plus, it is rumored to be the best fishing beach on the island. Load up your car with friends, barbeque necessities and a fishing pole and get ready for a true Nantucket beach day!

For the Surfer:

Sun-kissed hair? Check. The perfect tan? Check. Head to Cisco to get the surfer skills to boot. This is arguable the most popular beach with Nantucket's younger crowd, for its fun, relaxed vibe and bigger waves. The Nantucket Surf School, just steps off the beach, offers surf and paddle board lessons with all equipment included. Take a lesson solo, or sign your gang up for a group lesson. 

For the Peace-seeker:

Treat yourself to a solo beach day at Fisherman's. Fisherman's is long, wide and affords plenty of space between parties for privacy and some peace and quiet. Stretch out your towel on the warm sand and fall asleep to the sound of waves breaking. 

For the Romantic:

Few would dispute that you can catch the most beautiful Nantucket sunsets from Madaket beach. For an unforgettable evening away from the hustle and bustle of town, grab a famous quesadilla and ice cream cone from Millie's, a delicious island favorite steps from the beach entrance. Indulge there, or bring your booty to the beach and eat as you watch the sun slip under the waves. 

For the Crowd-Lovin' Beachgoer:

No car? No problem. Surfside beach is easily accessible via a bike path and the Wave bus route that leaves directly from town. If you do have a car, there is a spacious parking lot. This wide, expansive beach is filled with kadima players, footballers and sunbathers and is sure to keep even the most energetic entertained all day. At this spot you'll find east to miss conveniences that some other Nantucket beaches lack: restrooms, changing rooms AND a snack shack. Anyone hip on Nantucket will tell you that the classic burgers and dogs at the shack hit the spot every time! 

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