Nantucket East Shore Beaches
Included here are inner harbor beaches and beaches for the more adventurous. Siasconset is accessible by bike path or shuttle bus. There is limited parking. The outer beaches require beach permits to drive to them and 4-wheel drive. Some car rental companies can provide you with a permitted vehicle.
Quidnet Beach & Sesachacha Pond
Located off of Quidnet Road. Pond is brackish. Good spot for families; no waves, no seaweed. No facilities, no lifeguards, no food service. Kayaking and sailing but you must bring your own equipment. Quidnet Beach is a short walk over the dunes. Fine, soft sand. Good shelling. Good view of Sankaty Light. Parking is limited.
A narrow strip of land with "points" - actually forms the harbor. Accessed by vehicle from the end of Wauwinet Road, past The Wauwinet Inn. Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge managed by Trustees of Reservations; beach sticker required for vehicles from Trustees of Reservations. Can be accessed by kayak, but the trip is longer than it looks so be prepared to paddle.
Great for fishing and for seeing Great Point Lighthouse up close. Rolling dunes, bayberry, beach plum, heather, and beach grass. Salt marsh and maritime shrubland. The largest red cedar savanna and woodland in New England. Gray and harbor seals - do not approach the seals.
Sections of the refuge are sometimes closed to protect nesting shorebirds. Dogs are not allowed at any time. Guided tours with Trustee naturalists offered in-season. For more details, go to www.TheTrustees.org
Beach Permit and 4-wheel drive needed (be sure to deflate your tires properly - inquire at the Gatehouse). Well worth the trip to see Great Point Lighthouse.
Heavy surf, fine, soft sand, no lifeguards or facilities. Good surfcasting. Great Point is part of the Coatue Wildlife Refuge which offers tours.
Siasconset Beach is wide beach located at the eastern most tip of the island and very popular for those staying in 'Sconset. It is accessible by NRTA shuttle in season or a 6-mile ride from town on the Milestone Road bike path or take Polpis Bike path for a somewhat more challenging ride. It is one of the few island beaches that can be easily accessed by seniors (no steep inclines). Surf can be heavy with strong currents. Restaurants and restrooms are available a short walk in the village of 'Sconset.
Mid-way from the harbor to head of the harbor. Great for kayaking and to learn to windsurf. Warm water. Just west of the Head of the Harbor for plenty of parking. Good for children. No lifeguards, no facilities. Very limited parking. Can be buggy.
Land Bank land with some parking; playground. No facilities.
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