Nantucket's Best Beaches and Water Activities
Collected by Alison Abbott , AFAR Local Expert
Nantucket's 80-plus miles of coastline includes some celebrated and pristine beaches. Although there is access to almost all of them, many are privately owned down to the waterline by individual homeowners who have allowed the public to use them. In return, they ask for visitors to be considerate and to “take only photos, leave only footprints.” Those who want to get onto the water, rather than simply bask next to it, have plenty of options, too.
9 Kimball Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
The water is usually calm and a bit warmer on the Nantucket Sound side of the island. Steps Beach is off Cliff Road about four miles from town, sandwiched between Dionis and Jetties, and is not on most people's radar. Before you take on the...
3 Hinckley Ln, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Captain Tom Mleczko has been fishing in one form or another as far back as he can remember. That passion has translated into a successful charter experience for over 40 years. The emphasis is on light tackle, used by most of Nantucket’s sport...
4 Winter St, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Getting out on the water gives a totally different perspective on Nantucket. If sailing is your jam, boats can be rented from Nantucket Community Sailing. The organization is an educational non-profit with a deep respect for the marine...
Harbor View Way, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Close to town and across from Steamboat Wharf is a great beach for families with small children. The calmest water on the island is found here, and comes complete with a playground and seasonal snack bar, the Hungry Minnow. A grassy area provides...
Cisco Beach, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
A pounding surf has made the beaches along the Cisco shore popular with wave riders. Having the Cisco Brewers and Bartlett Farm close by hasn't hurt the area's traffic, either. The bike path makes it easy for cyclists to pedal the four miles from...
Slip 1011 Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA 02584, USA
Providing unique eco-tours is a family affair with Shearwater Excursions. This local company, founded in 1999, works with its passengers to offer a memorable experience. Whether looking for whales, seals, or Captain Blair’s favorite bird, the...
Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Turn right out of Bartlet Farm and follow the unpaved road all the way to the end. You’ll arrive at Ladies Beach. Like so many other beaches on Nantucket, there are no facilities here. What you will find, however, is a wide open space perfect for...
1 Dirt Road, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
If surfing has always been on your wish list, Nantucket is a great place to learn. (The island has a tendency to bring out an inner The Endless Summer in all who visit.) As the island’s premier school, Nantucket Island Surf School has been...
24 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554, USA
Ready to get out on the water and learn your new sport? Next Level Watersports is just what you are looking for. With lessons at all levels for kiteboarding, hydrofoiling, tubing, and wakeboarding, they’ve taken the learning curve and broken it...
2234, 4 Bathing Beach Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554, United States
If you have small children, Jetties Beach is a good choice: with playgrounds, changing rooms, and the Sandbar at Jetties Beach nearby. Calm, lifeguarded shores make for a restful spot on the Nantucket Sound side of the island and it’s fun to watch...
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