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 with Brant Point Lighthouse; a pleasant spot to sit and 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. T-shirt tie-dying sponsored by Nantucket Parks & Recreation Fridays at noon from mid-July to August. Free concerts 6:00 - 7:30 pm Thursdays and 6:00 – 7:15 PM on Sundays. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking, Showers)
4 - Dionis: Three miles by bike. 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 swimming; no lifeguard. Turtle climb, kayak rentals. (Restrooms)
6 - Surfside: Located 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: Located at the end of Miacomet Road. Heavy surf. (Lifeguard, Parking)
8 - Cisco: Four-mile bike ride to 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 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)
For any questions regarding lifeguards or beaches, please call the Beach Manager at 508-325-5348.
Leave Footprints...There is an adage -“Take only photographs - leave only footprints.” This is a saying that we hope you will take to heart on Nantucket’s beaches and across the island. Though Nantucket has many miles of beaches, little of the coastline is actually public property. Many property owners have generously allowed public access to their beachfront. In return for this privilege – and it is indeed a privilege – we ask that visitors and residents treat all of Nantucket’s beaches with respect. This includes obeying ‘No Trespassing’ signs, using only designated entry points, and disposing of litter properly. Your cooperation is essential in preserving public access to Nantucket’s pristine shores and protecting our fragile environment.