In the northeastern coast of Coatue to the western end of Madaket, Nantucket has some of the best beaches in the northeastern United States. The north coast beaches are protected by Nantucket and generally have few waves. The south coast beaches open to the ocean with large waves and strong currents. However, there are occasions when a strong northerly wind causes waves to be big on the north coast also causes the wave's south coast to decrease significantly. While this is a rare event, it does happen. It is recommended that before strolling out onto this beach that weather advisories be looked into.
Nantucket is an island 30 miles (48.3 km) south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States. Along with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, which is the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts Nantucket County and surrounding that are consolidated. Part of the city is designated the Nantucket CDP, or census designated place. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts.
Nantucket is a tourist destination and summer colony. The population of the island amounts to approximately 10,000 to 50,000 during the summer months, due to tourists and summer residents. According to Forbes magazine, in 2006, Nantucket had the highest median property value of any Massachusetts zip code.
The Nantucket Historic District, including the entire island of Nantucket, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 13 December 1966. In doing so, the National Park Service paid particular note to the settlements of Nantucket and Siasconset. The island has one of the largest concentrations of structures pre-civil war in the United States.
Madaket Beach is one of the beaches on the west coast. This beach is huge and the beach to watch sunsets. Most of the western extremity of the beach is only accessible by four wheel drive vehicle. There are some lifeguards and bathrooms, but not the entire length of the beach. The surf is very heavy. Madaket beach reachable by bus from Nantucket Town or the Madaket bike path (5 miles from Upper Main Street) and has guards, but no bathrooms. The area is known for challenging surf (beware of rip currents) and unique sunsets.
Sometime during the course of a stay on the island, plan to be at the Madaket Beach at sunset. The show will not disappoint. Of course, large numbers of visitors and residents alike head to Madaket during regular hours of beach for sunbathing and swimming. However, the surf can be heavy at times. Lifeguards are on duty during the season. Restrooms and food are also available.
The NRTA shuttle service from the city is available. Also accessible throughout the city is a 5-6 mile bike path. There are many vacation rentals in the area and during the summer months, rents are complete without vacancy. Most reservations must be made in advance.