One of the island’s most kid friendly beaches. Jetties Beach is on Nantucket sound, for those who prefer swimming to surf, and has an expansive beach and boardwalk, a playground, skate park, and tennis courts. Jetties beach offers a full restaurant with raw bar, gift shop, restrooms, changing facilities, and showers. All facilities, save the changing rooms, are accessible to the physically impaired. A lifeguard is on duty each day, and swimming lessons are offered. Nantucket Community Sailing offers sailboat rentals and lessons. Jetties beach is an easy walk or bike ride from Brant Point Inn, and is serviced by NRTA, Nantucket’s transit system.

Insider Tip: Head to Jetties Beach for the sunset, and grab a beach chair (supplied by the restaurant) and witness a breathtaking sunset, while being serenaded by local musicians.

Children’s Beach

Located in Nantucket town, this petite beach is adjacent to a grassy picnic area, playground, snack bar, and restrooms, and is ideal for the little ones who can splash in the shallow water, while parents have a scenic view of the boats in the harbor. There is also a bandstand with open air concerts and events in the evenings. Children’s Beach is an easy walk from Brant Point Inn.

Insider Tip: Head to Children’s Cafe for grilled mahi-mahi or fried clams, and have a picnic on the grass, while catching a free movie, or concert at the bandstand. See Children’s Beach information board for events.

Brant Point

This is the iconic lighthouse you see on your arrival to Nantucket. While there is no lifeguard at this beach, it is the ideal spot to cast a line at sunset, take a romantic walk on the beach, or to recline in a beach chair and watch the boats come and go in the harbor. The lighthouse is a short walk from Brant Point Inn.

Insider Tip: This scenic venue is popular for weddings and photo shoots, and is the ideal spot for the quintessential Nantucket selfie.


One of the Island’s most popular beaches, located on the south shore, and the ideal spot to grab a boogie board (or rent one on site) and catch the waves. Surfside is equipped with a snack bar, bathroom facilities, parking, and bike racks. The NRTA transit system makes 12 trips a day, from 10 a.m. to 5:20 every day during the summer months.


A mile up the beach from Surfside, Nobadeer is where the cool kids hang out, and popular with the under thirty crowd. Nobadeer is serviced by food trucks during the summer months, and offers limited parking.

Insider Tip: This beach is best avoided during holidays for those seeking solitude, but for those looking for a happening spot, this is the place to be.


Located on the south shore, at the end of Hummock Pond Road, Cisco is the surfers’ beach, and also popular with families looking to catch some waves. The beach offers ample parking.


On Nantucket’s west end, this beach is great for swimming and sunning, and is the spot on the island to catch the sunset. The Westender restaurant is walking distance from the beach, and the NRTA transit system drops off in front of the restaurant.

Insider Tip: Sunset at the Westender’s upstairs bar is a must do, for every trip to Nantucket.

Washington Street Extension

This the place to rent SUP boards and kayaks.

Insiders Tip: Take your board through the tidal inlets, for a scenic flat-calm initiation to SUP.