This is a beach with a bit of everything within walking distance from Town. There are lifeguards, restrooms, and a concession stand with food and drinks and public phones. Being on the Nantucket Sound, the surf is mild and many families come to enjoy the beauty and safety of this beach. There is also a playground and volleyball net. The NRTA shuttle runs a beach loop to Surfside and Jetties Beach from June 15 until Labor Day.
The original lighthouse, constructed in 1785, was a wooden structure that was built to support the then important port of Sandy Point. However, the historical tower was destroyed in the 1984 hurricane and after a few years a 70-foot (21-meter) replica was built near the site of the old tower to conserve the island's historical character. It is now part of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, much of which is inaccessible by road unless you have a four wheel drive vehicle. Nature history tours are offered by the refuge, wherein visitors can climb up the tower or even explore the surrounding area.
This breathtaking stretch of barrier shoreline and adjacent upland marshes, forests and grasslands offers a protected habitat to dozens of species of wildlife, especially nesting waterfowl. Located on Chappaquiddick Island, it is reachable by boat or, at certain times and with the proper permits, over-sand vehicles. During summer, guided tours can be booked with a naturalist through the Islands Regional Office. The beach is open to everyone, but regulated by the Trustees of Reservations. No camping is permitted.
To come to Nantucket is to visit a place still in touch with nature. The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect Massachusetts land and wildlife since 1891, and they want to teach you the value of the earth. From mid-June to mid-October the Trustees run twice-daily, 3-hour tours of Great Point, Nantucket's longest barrier beach.
Located on the north shore of Nantucket, Dionis Beach, like Jetties Beach, is a great place to sit back and enjoy some peaceful time. The serene beach-front is loaded with sand dunes and sea-shells and is a hot spot for family outings and picnics. The best way to reach here is by cycle, since it is only 3 miles away from town and on your way you can explore the beautiful routes. Once here, find beach huts to sit and relax, or venture into the waters for swimming, or enjoy building sand castles with your tiny-tots.
Steps Beach is the unexplored beach of Nantucket. Set right in the middle of Nantucket's two famous beaches, Jetties and Dionis Beach, it is about 4 miles away from the town. As you walk through Cliff Road, a long and steep set of stairs are the entering points of the beach. The ocean waves brushing against the sand dunes offer a breath-taking view, and the serene environment and pristine waters will make you never want to leave! The beach front is remote and offers no lifeguards or facilities...so come prepared.