May 21, 2020
Now that ACK is open to visitors, you may be considering plans to visit this summer. Before you book your ferry ticket for a day trip or a long weekend, we thought we would help you make the most of your visit by giving you a rundown of our TOP FIVE Nantucket beaches! This list will hopefully provide you
with some tips to make sure you are able to enjoy the best ocean views and heavenly sunsets Nantucket has to offer.
Since Jon was a child, this has always been his family’s go-to beach. And the tradition continues, as it is definitely one of OUR family’s top favorites as well. Why? Fishermans has the perfect mix of waves and sand, with plenty of space to relax, bathe in the rays of the summer sun, and play some beach games with friends and family. The kids should probably be a little older if they want to take a dip in the Ocean as the waves can get pretty big, and if you’re looking for a lifeguard patrolled beach, just head down a little further to Surfside. You’ll also find the Surfside Taco Truck and Beach Shack for a delicious bite to eat (and restrooms)!
Taking the family on a trip to the Island, here is a great beach for children. A must-have for anyone with kids, Jetties has easy access to restrooms, as well as a restaurant and a playground, on-site! The waves are typically calm and allow for your little tyke to plop down in that swim diaper, dig in the sand, scour for shells or build a sandcastle.
Hashtag views. With access from Cliff Road, Steps is one of the loveliest beaches on the Island. And features the best…you guessed it, steps! The steep wooden staircase leading to Steps Beach is the perfect place to kick of those flops and take an aesthetic photo with the sunset in the background. But families should note that parking is limited so you’ll want to get an early bird spot if you want to set up here for the day. The gentle surf and sandbar make it the perfect place to grab take out from Pi Pizzeria or a lobster dinner from Sayle’s Seafood, lay down a blanket, open a bottle of wine, and relax to the serene sounds of the waves. Not to mention, if you visit during late summer months in the evening, you may be able to see the bioluminescence of the greenish-blue glowing jellyfish that light up the shallow waters of Nantucket Sound.
Big fan of sunsets? This is by far our favorite place to watch them. In warm or cold weather, you will catch us here taking many of our photographs for Ack and Beyond. You may even have a print from Miacomet hanging in your living room! Distinct for its long, wide, white sand beach, the dunes are magical. This beach is also a great spot to watch birds gather in the pond, go kayaking or canoeing or pick some seashells while on a relaxing stroll.
Cisco is the place to go during and after a storm. The waves during a storm are a magnificent sight and if you stick around once it’s over, you will see the surfers flock to Cisco to ride the Island’s most coveted waves. This beach is popular for all ages and is home to Nantucket’s best surf school. On a sunny day, you can rent a bike and follow the path that leads to the beach. And if you’re not a surfer, Cisco offers stand-up paddleboard rentals! After you’ve worked up an appetite surfing, biking, paddleboarding or swimming at Cisco Beach, you may want to stop off and visit Cisco Brewers on your way home, where you can grab a snack from a food truck, have a Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and maybe even buy a souvenir glass or t-shirt.