What to Do

Eastern Shore Beaches

With the exception of Sconset, the Eastern Shore is home to the most remote and private beaches on the island. Four Wheel drive access is necessary to reach Great Point.

While Cotue faces Nantucket Sound, an area we call the chord of the bay, stretching from Great Point to Nantucket Harbor entrance, we list it here.

Sconset Beach

Another beach with a very strong undertow. And another beach worth visiting even if you only stick your toes in the water. You can reach it by car, by shuttle bus, or by a 7-mile bike path. Lifeguards are usually on duty and it is a short walk to town. Best bet for a nearby grownup drink and a great view is poolside at The Summer House (Ocean Ave, Siasconset 508/ 257-4577).
Known for rougher waters and waves, but is perfect for an oceanside picnic lunch. Regular shuttle bus service or seven-mile ride on paved bike path. Surf can be heavy; lifeguard. Food available in nearby village of 'Sconset.
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Sand: very fine and soft
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Insider tip: Don’t miss a visit to the lovely village of S’conset
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Quidnet Beach

Visitors can get a great view of Sankaty Head lighthouse from this remote and private beach. Another Nantucket beach mentioned by the Travel Channel.
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Insider tip: Check out the view of Sankaty Head Lighthouse
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Great Point Beach

This is not a journey for the weak of heart, or day-tripper, but I you have a properly permitted four-wheel drive vehicle you can access one of the truly beautiful beaches on the island. Great Point beach is part of the Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Access requires properly permitted four-wheel drive vehicles, available from some island rental companies.
This is a favorite surfcasting beach.
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Sand: very fine and soft
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Lifeguard: No
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Insider tip: Make sure to visit Great Point Lighthouse
Directions: requires speciall permitted four-wheel drive vehicles
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Coatue

Coatue is the narrow ribbon of land across the northern shore of Nantucket that creates the harbor. It is fragile and irreplaceable. If you choose to visit, please be mindful of the important role it plays in sheltering the harbor and providing a home for wildlife. It’s probably most practical to visit by boat or kayak.
If you choose to visit, remember that help is a long way off, so prepare accordingly. Make sure to have the proper equipment and a well-charged cell phone.
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Insider tip: Boat or kayak is best bet fo r transportation
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Pocomo Point Beach

Located approximately half way from the harbor to head of the harbor, Pocomo Point offers warm calm waters. There is little parking, but is an excellent spot to windsurf, or launch a kayaking adventure. A great beach for small children.
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Lifeguard: No
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Insider tip: Boat or kayak is best bet for transportation
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Great Point Light guards the northern-most point of Nantucket.

Inquirer and Mirror photo