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With around 82 miles of shoreline, you’ll be spending a good amount of time at the beach. Unlike much of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket’s beaches are mostly public. Those on the north shore have generally calm water, while the south shore has rougher water with strong tides and, occasionally, rip currents. The west shore is famous for sunsets.

Nantucket Beaches

Dionis Beach

Sheltered by dunes and blessed with calm waters, this beach is great for children and those who aren’t strong swimmers.

north shore, MA,
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | swimming

Eel Point Beach

If the crowds at Madaket distract you from the setting sun, sneak off to Eel Point Beach. The sunsets aren’t as spectacular, but the peace and solitude is a plus, as is the abundance of sea shells. Stick close to the beach as the area is prone to tidal flooding and there are no lifeguards.

Near Madaket, west shore, MA,
Tags: beach | views | outdoors

Harbor Beach

Nicknamed “Children’s Beach” this stretch of sand – which includes a park, playground, and restrooms – is perfect for families. Forget fighting for parking, it’s an easy walk from downtown. The Park & Recreation Commission sponsors frequent activities during the summer, like tie-dying every Friday at noon (no charge if you bring your own shirt) and free band

north shore, MA,
Tags: beach | family | great location | outdoors | swimming

Jetties Beach

With concession stands, a playground, changing rooms, and volleyball nets, this is another very family-friendly beach. Teens and adults will love the windsurfing, kayak, and sailboat rentals.

north shore, MA,
Tags: beach | family | water sports | outdoors | swimming

Madaket Beach

Head west young man (and woman), as far as you can go on Nantucket, and stop when you see water. This popular night spot draws visitors island-wide for its vibrant, awesome sunsets.

west shore, MA,
Tags: beach | views | outdoors

Surfside Beach

Grab your surf board and hit the waves. With a wide expanse of sand, this beach is a great spot for games, surfcasting, and picnics. The wind makes kite-flying tempting, but don’t venture too far east – it’s prohibited near the airport.

south shore, MA,
Tags: beach | surfing | outdoors | swimming

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