Bike leaning against fence at Steps Beach - LSS 2 Sailboats - Galvin Blue Hydrangeas - Galvin family leaving Steps Beach - LSS Brant Point Lighthouse in the fall - Galvin Easy Street - Galvin Main Street - LSS family at the beach - Galvin ferry pulling out of Nantucket - Galvin overlooking Sankaty Lighthouse - LSS Ladies Beach upper path - Galvin couple on Lone Beach - Galvin purple sunset - LSS Rosa Rogosa - Galvin old North Wharf cottage - Galvin Quidnet Beach path - LSS Rainbow Fleet specators at Branch Point - Galvin Roberts House Porch India Street - Galvin Steps Beach walkway - LSS Sconset Beach - Galvin surfing kids on Cisco Beach - Galvin

map of Nantucket Island beaches

1 - Jetties Beach: An easy bike ride from town. NRTA WAVE bus service is available (summer only). Great for families: changing rooms, playground, public tennis courts and a boardwalk to the beach. Windsurfing, sailboat, and kayak lessons and rentals available. Beach-accessible wheelchairs also available. (Lifeguard, Parking, Restrooms, Food, Accessible to those with disabilities, Phone, Showers and Equipment Rentals)

2 - Brant Point: Easy walk or bike ride. No lifeguard. Strong current - experienced swimmers only. Scenic beach beside Brant Point Lighthouse; a pleasant spot to watch the boats rounding the Point.

3 - Children's Beach: On the harbor, an easy walk from town. Ideal for small children: parks, playground, picnic tables and bandstand. Free G-rated movies Friday nights at dusk, and free concerts 6:00-7:15 pm Sundays. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking, Showers)

4 - Dionis: Three miles by bike from town. Sheltered by dunes, calm waters for swimming, safe for children. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Parking, Showers)

5 - Francis Street Beach: Five-minute walk from Main Street. Calm harbor waters for wading; no lifeguard. Turtle climb, kayak rentals.

6 - Surfside: At the end of Surfside Road, a 2.2-mile ride on paved bike path or via NRTA WAVE bus service (summer only). Good beach for families: picnics, kite flying, beach games, and surfcasting after 5 PM. Surf can be heavy. Beach-accessible wheelchairs available. (Lifeguard, Phone, Restrooms, Food, Parking, Equipment Rentals, Showers, Accessible to those with disabilities)

7 - Miacomet: At the end of Miacomet Road. Heavy surf. (Lifeguard, Parking)

8 - Cisco: Four-mile bike ride to the end of Hummock Pond Road. Heavy surf. (Lifeguard, Parking)

9 - Madaket: As far west as you can go! Regular NRTA WAVE bus service or 5.5-mile bike ride on scenic, paved bike path. Heavy surf. Food available nearby. Famous for viewing sunsets. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking)

10 - Siasconset: Regular NRTA WAVE shuttle service or 6-mile ride on paved bike path. Surf can be heavy. Food and restrooms available in nearby village of 'Sconset. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking)

A $50 one-week beach access permit for non-residents is now available.  Please call the Public Safety Facility at 508-325-4100, ext. 5917 for information.  Beach permits may be purchased at the Public Safety Facility, located at 4 Fairgrounds Road.  Credit cards are accepted.  For additional details, visit the Nantucket town web site at:

For any questions regarding lifeguards or beaches, please call the Police Department non-emergency line at