Surfside Beach is the most popular beach on the south shore for visitors to the island, as it’s easy to get to and has a large parking lot and many bike racks. Seasonal bus service also brings beachgoers right to this lot. A short path heads down through the dunes and onto the beach, where a lifeguarded area is established right in the middle of the beach between two flags. The beach is wide and a short walk in either direction leads to more open space on a busy day. The waves at Surfside vary from calm to moderate surf, depending on the wind speed and direction. As is the case with all of the beaches on the Atlantic side of the island, swimmers should use caution for strong rip currents and changing tides.
Surfside Beach offers amenities that other beaches on the south shore do not: restroom and changing facilities and a concession stand. The Surfside Beach Shack serves up classics like hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and ice cream, and is open all day to keep every last beachgoer satisfied. Surfside is also a great place to go in the evening to watch the sun set over a picnic dinner. If you’re really motivated, you can fish for dinner here too!
Surfside Beach Tips
- Arrive to the beach on the early side to stake out a nice space on the beach.
- Don’t leave footwear in the car, as there is a short walk down to the beach and the soft sand on the trail really heats up!
- If Surfside is a bit too crowded, make the turn onto Nonantum Avenue just before the Surfside Beach parking lot and you will find a few other beach access areas to the east of Surfside.