A Local’s Complete Guide to Surfside Beach in Nantucket

Chances are regardless of what season you find yourself on the island of Nantucket, you’ll be oceanside at some point. You can’t go wrong with any of the stunning beaches on the island, but there are a few things you’ll want to know before you go. We have your complete guide to Surfside Beach Nantucket, one of our island’s most popular beaches. Whether you’re shell searching, out for a bike ride, or enjoying a day soaking in the Atlantic rays, we have everything you need to know about visiting this beautiful little beach village. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Surfside Beach in Nantucket

Grab your beach bag and get ready for the ultimate beach day at Surfside Beach in Nantucket. The quaint village is everything you could want in a sleepy beach town—it’s complete with walk-up restaurants, on-patrol lifeguards, and the sound of crashing waves. Start exploring today!

  • Location

Surfside Beach is located about three miles south of the downtown district. It makes for an ideal bike adventure for all riding skill levels, and it’s easy to find your way. From Main Street, head down Pleasant Street and veer right onto Atlantic Avenue. Atlantic will turn into Surfside Road, and you’ll follow it until you hit the beach! 

  • Amenities

Unlike Children’s Beach and Jetties Beach, Surfside doesn’t have the immediate convenience of Downtown Nantucket. Don’t worry, though—that’s part of its charm. Surfside Beach Shack and Taco Truck offer more than just casual beach grub. In true Nantucket fashion, their shrimp tacos, buttery lobster rolls, and homemade ice cream are some of the best you’ll ever taste. 

  • Things to Do

Surfside is typically quiet as far as current is concerned, but it holds to its name during the evenings when surfers enjoy riding the beach’s larger waves. Visit in the morning and collect your favorite seashells to commemorate your trip or bring a kite to enjoy the Grey Lady’s consistent breeze. It’s an ideal spot for bike riding, beach picnics, and bocce ball. If you can dream up your perfect beach day, you can make it a reality at Surfside Beach!     

Hang Your Towel at Periwinkle Inn

Captain Bildad room Periwinkle InnA day in the sun calls for a night in the comforts of our favorite cozy bed and breakfast. Plan your stay at the Periwinkle Inn and stay in the heart of Downtown Nantucket without the hustle and bustle. Reserve the Captain Bildad Room and enjoy a plush queen-size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, Malin + Goetz bath products, and distant harbor views. 

After a day of soaking in the sun, treat your palate to some of Nantucket’s best restaurants. American Seasons offers delicious, farm-to-table options to suit all tastes, and Oran Mor is the place to go for a mouth-watering dessert and fabulous cocktail to boot. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!