Secret Beaches to Visit in Nantucket

One of Nantucket’s defining virtues, of course, is its fabulous spread of Atlantic beaches: the enduring draw that has made the island one of New England’s legendary summer getaways for more than a century.

Given the starring role they play among Nantucket’s attractions, some of those sandy strands—Surfside, Cisco, Madaket, and 40th Pole, to name a few—can be crowded indeed during peak summer season. But there are plenty of less-thronged beaches treasured by locals: blissful seashores that, compared to their über-popular counterparts, can feel almost secret.

Nantucket beaches of both the secret and not variety are your easy-to-reach playground as a Greydon House guest. Here at the website you’ll find a list of some of those somewhat more off-the-radar strands, and today at the blog we thought we’d spotlight a few of them!


South Shore Secret Beaches

Nantucket’s South Shore has generally rougher, more dramatic breakers than the North Shore: Its beaches draw surfers and also make for some stirring oceanfront ambles; be aware of rip currents if you want to take a dip.

Some of our favorite South Shore secret beaches include Ladies Beach (less generously known as Fat Ladies Beach), accessed off Bartlett Farm Road; Schneidy’s off Austin Locke Way, the drive to which delivers some gorgeous views of coastal moors and seascapes; Gunrack off Walbang Avenue, coveted by wave-riders; and Fishermans Beach along Nonantum Road, which offers a similarly broad expanse of sand to the South Shore’s heavily trafficked Surfside Beach but sans big crowds.

There are also a couple of unnamed South Shore beaches treasured by locals, one off Nonantum Road and the other off Western Avenue—check our Secret Beaches page for more details.


North Shore Secret Beaches

The calmer waters of the North Shore make for prime ocean swimming conditions. Steps Beach is a cliff-edged shore off Lincoln Avenue that, for our money, lays claim to the best scenery of any beach on Nantucket; don’t miss the superlative sunsets. And Water Tower Beach (aka Washing Pond Beach), reachable via Washing Pond Road, provides a quieter alternative to famed Dionis Beach, and tempts budding naturalists with its tidepools.


A Nantucket Beach Getaway at Greydon House

Really, you can’t go wrong with any Nantucket beach: Even the crowded ones charm, and of course they’re popular for a reason. Partake of our boutique Broad Street hospitality here at Greydon House, and you’ll have these lovely island sands at your disposal all year round!