At Century House, we’re blessed to be surrounded by some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Thanks to their cleanliness, family-friendly atmosphere, and sweeping idyllic views, the top beaches of Nantucket have been recognized with international acclaim. Even better, they’re free to enjoy!
Nantucket’s beaches are divided into three geographic regions (north, south and east), and are always on the top of the list of places to visit for Century House guests. Grab the beach bag and towels provided by inn, pack a picnic lunch (the Innkeepers will guide you to the best provisions around), then hop on the Shuttle or ride your bike to delight in the sunshine and sea breezes!!
Nantucket North Shore Beaches
These are the beaches closest to Century House …a mere five (5) to twenty (20) minute walk from the inn. A favorite for families, the north shore of the island offers spectacular vistas of both the Nantucket Sound and the harbor. The surf on the north shore is typically calmer than its southern and eastern counterparts, excluding perhaps Brant Point, which frequently has strong currents. The relatively docile surf makes it a great destination for families with children. Best of all, the north shore beaches are all within walking distance from Century House.
Beaches on Nantucket’s North Shore include:
- Jetties Beach, which features ample parking and the new Sandbar Restaurant.
- Brant Point Scenic Lighthouse, a great place to watch the boats cruising around the point.
- Children’s Beach, caters to the young (and/or the young at heart!) and is a short and pleasant five-minute stroll from Century House.
- Dionis Beach, a peaceful seaside known for its calm waters. This beach sits about 2.5 miles from Century House, and is accessible by the Cliff Road Bike Path.
Nantucket South Shore Beaches
The south side of the island overlooks the Atlantic, which means the water temperatures on the South Shore tend to be cooler and the currents rougher than those on the North Shore. But the sunsets on this side of Nantucket are simply breathtaking. These beaches are not quite walking distance, but most Century House guests report it’s worth the short bike ride or shuttle bus.
Beaches on Nantucket’s South Shore include:
- Tom Nevers Beach, which features extra coarse sand and is sometimes called Pebble Beach. It is an excellent place for surfcasting and is rarely crowded, making it a perfect destination if you’re looking for a quiet beach day.
- Surfside Beach is one of Nantucket’s most popular. A family favorite, Surfside has ample parking, lifeguards, snack bars, restrooms, and even shuttle service.
- Miacomet Beach, located about 2.5 miles from town, is typically less busy than other South Shore destinations, though no less enjoyable. The beach features excellent bird watching and a freshwater pond suitable for swimming.
- Cisco Beach is home to some of the best surfing on the island. Lifeguards are on duty (in season) and a food cart is available for snacks.
- Madaket Beach is situated at the far west end of the island, making it perhaps Nantucket’s most famous sunset destination.
Nantucket East Shore Beaches
Nantucket’s East Shore beaches are recommended for the more adventurous Century House guests. This swath of paradise frequently has some of the biggest waves on the island as well as wide, sandy beaches with plenty of room to roam. Perfect for beachcombers and early risers looking for a spectacular sunrise.
- Siasconset Beach sits approximately 7 miles from town. This charming Atlantic village also happens to be the easternmost point in the United States! Accessible by bike and shuttle service, this destination is always a must-visit for Century House guests.
- Quidnet Beach and Sesachacha Pond is a fun visit for families as this cutaway has no waves and no seaweed. The pond itself is brackish and the location offers great views of Sankaty Light.
- Pocomo Beach offers beachgoers warm water that’s great for kayaking and windsurfing.
- Great Point Beach is a wonderful destination for those prepared to spend the day out. To get to this iconic spot, you’ll need a permit and 4-wheel drive. Worthy investments to see the famous Great Point Lighthouse!
After a day at the beach, come back to Century House for a relaxing cup of tea and sweets and savor the serenity from the inn’s veranda and comfy couches.
For a relatively small place, we’ve got quite the variety! It’s easy to see why Nantucket’s beaches are some of travelers’ most loved. If you have any questions about Nantucket beaches or any other destination on the island, the innkeeper at Century House is always happy to answer them. Happy travels!