Nantucket Beaches: Get to Know Jetties Beach

About a mile walk from downtown or a short WAVE bus ride, Jetties Beach is known as the best beach within walking distance, with shallow waters, nearby restaurants and lots to do.

This north shore beach gets its name from the jetty at its point and welcomes a steady flow of athletes, people walking the shoreline and families looking for calm waters.

Get to know this famous Nantucket beach.

Things to Do at Jetties Beach

Jetty Beach Shop Nantucket

Because of its location on Nantucket Sound, Jetties' waters are calmer and more shallow than some other island beaches, making it an ideal place for wading and younger swimmers. Large sandbars allow beach-goers to walk far off the shore, in warm, shallow water. This narrow beach is also great for strolling, with beautiful views of the dunes and lots of prime shell hunting at low tide.

Didn’t plan ahead? No problem. As one of the few beaches with a store on-site, you can pick up everything you need right there. Rent a lounge chair and umbrella at Jetty Beach Shop, buy cold drinks and beach toys or shop for beach-branded apparel.

For the adventurous, windsurfing, paddle boarding, sailboats and kayaks are just a short walk away at Jetties Sailing Center. The center also offers group or private sailing lessons, seven days a week during the summer season, for both kids and adults.

Get active nearby with six public tennis courts run by Jetties Tennis facility, a playground, volleyball nets, a bike rack, and even a skateboard park.

Jetties Beach offers convenient bathrooms and changing areas with showers, wheelchair, and stroller accessible entryways to the beach and two locations for parking. For those visiting the island for a special event or seeking an event venue, the ocean view at Jetties Beach makes a stunning backdrop.

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The Sandbar & Bites Nearby

The Sandbar at Jetties Beach offers beachfront dining featuring fresh-caught seafood favorites and creative combinations. From their local brew-battered fish and chips to their clam po-boys and house-made coleslaw, choose from popular entrees, their wide variety of sandwiches, burgers and dogs, salads, appetizers and a raw bar. Sneak a peek at their menu here.

Beach-goers love The Sandbar’s casual atmosphere and outdoor dining options, taking their food over to neighboring covered picnic tables, a beach pavilion or even the beach itself. For those that dine in, there’s a drink menu with custom cocktails, frozen drinks, wine by the glass and a beer list that includes local craft favorites.

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Best Ways to Get to Jetties Beach

Access this beach in a number of ways. For those on foot, Jetties Beach is only about a 15-minute walk from downtown. It’s an even quicker bike ride for tourists exploring the island on two wheels.

During the summer, the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority’s (NRTA) shuttle service, THE WAVE, also makes frequent stops to the beach. If you rented a car, spacious parking lots offer traditional and handicap parking.

Nearby Attractions

The Nantucket Cliff Range Lighthouse is just a short walk from the Jetties Beach tennis courts, on Hulbert Avenue. Stop by the adjacent cottage, playfully coined as “The Shoe” after the fairy tale The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe because of the large family who once lived there. Read more about this historical landmark here.

Walk along the sand to the Galley Beach restaurant to taste a Nantucket tradition of global cuisine. This island institution began as a clam shack in 1958, hosting both Presidents and celebrities for elegant dinners and drinks overlooking the water.

Plan Your Trip

Jetties Beach is packed with a variety of options to fill an entire day on Nantucket, but it’s also close enough to town to be a quick stop too.

When you’re traveling, it’s important to still have a comfortable space to come back to. Consider renting a private house, giving you and your family a home-away-from-home to relax on the island. Look through our rental guide to explore your lodging options.

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