Nantucket boasts many beautiful beaches for all to enjoy! Not every beach is owned and maintained by the Town of Nantucket; nor is every property available for special events, organized sporting activities or private businesses. 

Please keep our beaches clean and safe for all!

  • Alcohol is not permitted on public property.
  • Smoking is not permitted on public beaches.
  • Glass is not permitted on public beaches.
  • Please use trash receptacles; or when not available please take your trash with you.

For information regarding permitting for an event on a public beach or park, please contact the Town’s Events Coordinator at 508-325-4166. For additional information regarding special events please review the Town’s Special Event Policy (PDF). For information regarding conducting private business on any public property, please contact the Town’s Licensing Administrator at 508-325-4100 ext. 7319.

Beach Access Point Maps

The Town of Nantucket’s beach access signage system is intended solely as an aid in the Town’s Beach Management and Emergency response activities. Be familiar with this signage system and be prepared to use the appropriate Access Point number in case of emergency.

Beach Access Map 1 (PDF) | Beach Access Map 2 (PDF) | Beach Access Map 3 (PDF)

Beach Driving Map

Nantucket’s beaches are a treasure for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Beach vehicle drivers must help ensure that Nantucket’s fragile ecosystem remains healthy and strong by following the Town’s beach access and driving rules and regulations. All beach vehicles must have an annual sticker issued by the Town of Nantucket. For more information on how to obtain a beach sticker and on the rules and regulations of beach vehicle driving, please download the Nantucket Beach Map (PDF).

Brant Point

Located at the end of Easton Street and owned by the US Coast Guard, Brant Point Beach is host to the Brant Point Lighthouse, eastblished in 1746, and the Town of Nantucket Hatchery.

Owner: US Coast Guard.

Parking, restrooms, lifeguards, handicap accesible, concessions, bike path accesible, NRTA accesible. 

Cisco Beach

Cisco Beach is located at the end of Hummock Pond Road. The Cisco Beach Parking Lot is the main access point to Cisco Beach. It has one designated accessible parking space in the front parking lot and a bench adjacent to the accessible parking space with a great view of the ocean. The entrance to the beach is a dropoff from the hard packed sand of the parking lot to the soft sand of the beach. During peak season there is a ramp that promotes walking access from the parking lot the beach but this is not intended for wheelchairs.

Owner: Nantucket Land Bank.

Parking lot, bike path accesible, lifeguards.
Handicap accesible, concessions, NRTA accesible.

childrens beach 

Children’s Beach, located at 15 Harbor View Way, has been Nantucket’s popular downtown outdoor recreation area since the early 1900’s.   Its proximity to the popular shops and restaurants of Nantucket’s historic cobblestoned business district makes Children’s Beach a delightful walking-distance respite to the hustle and bustle of the summer.  Click here for concession information. 

✓ Parking (limited), concession, restrooms, beach, lifeguards, playground, park, bandstand, handicap accessible, walking distance from Whaling Museum.


At the end of Dionis Beach Road you will find this peaceful harbor beach.To get to the beach there is around 300 feet of loose sand that is lined by post and rope structure that can be used by people who are blind or visually impaired to walk unassisted. At the end of the post and rope structure there is a small drop off where, during the summer months, there is a ramp that can help people walk down to the beach.

Owner: Town of Nantucket

✓ Parking, restrooms, bike path accessible,  lifeguards.
Handicap accesible, concessions, NRTA accesible.

Jetties Beach

Located at 4 Beach Road, this is one of the most popular beaches on the island, located right outside of town on the north shore. It is a very large Nantucket beach that gets its name from the large jetty located at its point that creates the channel to Nantucket harbor. During the summer months, there is a Mobi Mat that starts at the parking lot and extends about 380 feet onto the beach. In addition to the beach there is a fully accessible cafe, restaurant, and tourist shop.  There is plenty of parking and 4 reserved accessible parking spots.

Owner: Town of Nantucket

Parking lot, restrooms, handicap accessible, concession, lifeguards, NRTA accessible.

Ladies Beach

madaket Beach

Arguably the best location on island to watch the sunset. There are no designated spots for parking and to get down to the beach there is a drop off from the hard packed sand of the parking lot to the beach. During peak season there is a ramp that helps pedestrians travel from the parking lot to the beach.

Owner: Town of Nantucket

Parking, restrooms, lifeguards, bike path accesible, NRTA accesible.
Handicap accesible, concessions.