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Jetties Beach picture in Nantucket
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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.9
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    5.0
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    3.5
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    4.0

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Northern Jetties is pretty similar to its southern, sandy counterpart, Surfside. Both bustle with activity in the summer and are loaded with beachside perks like food carts and public bathrooms. But there are two major things that set Jetties apart.1) Because of its location on Nantucket Sound, Jetties' waves are much calmer than those found at Surfside, making it a better place for younger or less-experienced swimmers. 2) Jetties has a boardwalk lined with casual eateries, keeping visitors from going hungry on an all-day beach trip.

And most recent travelers love the family-friendly atmosphere at Jetties, but a vocal minority complain about the shore's upkeep. According to one TripAdvisor user: "Cigarette ends, bottle tops, etc [are] left in the sand. I recommend that Nantucket should buy a beach cleaner or two."

Jetties Beach is conveniently located a mile from downtown Nantucket Town, off of North Beach Street.

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#1 Surfside Beach Surfside Beach, located on the southern shore, is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It's definitely one of the most amenity-rich stretches of sand, too: Public ... Read more » shell belle / Flickr

#2 Brant Point Light Nantucket's iconic Brant Point Light is said to be the country's second oldest lighthouse by some aficionados. While this superlative isn't completely true -- the current tower dates ... Read more » Macro_Man9 / Getty Images

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Surfside Beach, located on the southern shore, is one of the most popular beaches on the island. shell belle / Flickr

Although Brant Point isn't the only lighthouse on the island, it has become an area icon. You'll find its image emblazoned on all sorts of gear in the local T-shirt shops. Macro_Man9 / Getty Images

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Jetties Beach isn't the most popular beach on the island, but its small boardwalk and cluster of eateries sets this stretch of sand apart from the rest of Nantucket. Michael Galvin / Nantucket Chamber of Commerce

A sperm whale skeleton measuring 46-feet in length hangs in the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Peter Vanderwarker / Nantucket Historical Association

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