Jetties Beach#5 in Best Things To Do in Nantucket
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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. First, 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. And second, Jetties has a boardwalk lined with casual eateries, keeping visitors from going hungry on an all-day beach trip.
Most recent travelers love the family-friendly atmosphere at Jetties, but a vocal minority complain about the shore's upkeep. 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 rentals, showers, food kiosks and lifeguards are all here in the peak beach season. And although the waves may be too choppy for younger travelers, Surfside is great for catching a wave and participating in other gnarly watersports.
But popularity has a downside. Recent travelers recommend visiting in the off-season to avoid the crowds and parking challenges.
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