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A Local’s Complete Guide To Surfside Beach In Nantucket

No matter what time of the year you visit Nantucket, chances are you’ll be oceanside at some point during your trip. You can’t go wrong with any of the beaches on island, but there are a few you really can’t miss. One of those is Surfside Beach, a popular Nantucket beach beloved by locals for shell searching, bike rides, and days out soaking in the Atlantic rays. Read on for everything you need to know about visiting this beautiful 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.

  • Location

Surfside Beach is located about three miles south of Downtown. It’s easy to find your way on a bike, no matter your skill level: Just head down Pleasant Street from Main Street, and veer right onto Atlantic Avenue, which will turn into Surfside Road and lead you to the beach.

  • Amenities

Unlike Children’s Beach and Jetties Beach, Surfside doesn’t have the immediate convenience of Downtown Nantucket. That’s part of its charm. When hunger strikes, The Surf at Surfside Beach has you with everything from breakfast and burgers to ice cream and vegan options.

  • Things to Do

Surfside is typically quiet as far as current is concerned, but it holds true 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

A 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. 

For more things to do after a day out in the sun, treat yourself to some of Nantucket’s best restaurants, including American Seasons for delicious, farm-to-table food and Oran Mor for mouth-watering dessert and fabulous cocktails to boot.

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This small-island town charm will provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing, romantic escape!