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Nantucket is a biking town. Many of Nantucket's beaches are easily reached by bike, or from the island's NRTA shuttle bus service. If you want to drive on beaches that are controlled by the Town, you'll need to purchase a Beach Driving Permit from the Police Department. For driving out to Great Point, you must be purchase a permit from the Trustees of Reservation at the Wauwinet gate house.
Brant Point Beach: Located on the Nantucket Sound side of the island. Map to Brant Point Beach.
Children's Beach: Located on the Nantucket Harbor, ideal beach for children. Map to Children's Beach.
Francis Street Beach: Located on the Nantucket Sound side of the island near downtown
Miacomet Beach: Located at the end of Miacomet Road. Map to Miacomet Beach.
Cisco Beach: Located at the end of Hummock Pond Road. Map to Cisco Beach.
Jetties Beach: Located on the Nantucket Sound side of the island, great for families. Map to Jetties Beach.
Dionis Beach: Located on the Nantucket Sound side of the island, good beach for children. Map to Dionis Beach.
Madaket Beach: Located on the southwest side of the island in Madaket. Map to Madaket Beach.
South Beach: Off Washington Street near downtown Nantucket. Map to South Beach.
Surfside Beach: At the end of Surfside Road, good beach for families. Map to Surfside Beach.
Siasconset Beach: On the southeast corner of the island in Siasconset; off Low Beach Road. Map to Siasconset Beach.
Martha's Vineyard Beaches
Martha's Vineyard has numerous beaches, some are open to the public, others are private just for residents and beach permit holders. You can go to the Town Hall in each village to get information on Martha's Vineyard beach stickers and permits, visit the local Town Hall (Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, or West Tisbury).
Gay Head Public Beach (Moshup Beach): Surf beach in Aquinnah, off of Moshup Trail; paid parking in summer only. Map to Gay Head Public Beach.
East Beach: Located on Chappiquiddick Island; fee for non-members. Map to East Beach.
Eastville Beach: Located at the bridge between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Map to Eastville Beach.
Fuller Street Beach: Located at the end of Fuller Street in Edgartown. It has a great view of the harbor traffic. Map to Fuller Street Beach.
Joseph Sylvia State Beach: Located between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown on the Nantucket Sound. Accessible by Beach Road and the bike path. The Edgartown end of the beach is known as Bend-in-the-Road Beach. Map to Joseph Sylvia State Beach.
Lake Tashmoo Beach (Herring Creek Beach): At the end of Herring Creek Road in Edgartown. Map to Lake Tashmoo Beach.
Lighthouse Beach: A harbor beach at Starbuck's Neck in Edgartown. Map to Lighthouse Beach.
Long Point Beach: Located at Long Point Wildlife Refuge, off of Waldron's Bottom Road. Map to Long Point Beach.
Menemsha Beach: Next to Menemsha Harbor. Map to Menemsha Beach.
Norton Point Beach: On the south shore of Edgartown at the end of Katama Road. Map to Norton Point Beach.
Oak Bluffs Town Beach: Located off Lake Avenue on the Nantucket Sound side of Oaks Bluff. Map to Oak Bluffs Town Beach.
Owen Park Beach: Harbor beach located off Main Street in Vineyard Haven; on Vineyard Haven Harbor. Map to Owen Park Beach.
Tisbury Town Beach (Owen Little Way Town Beach): Off of Owen Little Way, next to the Yacht Club. Map to Tisbury Town Beach.
Head of the Pond Beach: Located in Aquinnah
Lambert's Cove Beach: Located in West Tisbury. Map to Lambert's Cove Beach.
Lobsterville Beach: Located in Aquinnah. Map to Lobsterville Beach.
Lucy Vincent Beach: Located in Chilmark. Map to Lucy Vincent Beach.
Philbin Beach: Located in Aquinnah. Map to Philbin Beach.
Squibnocket Beach: Located in Chilmark. Map to Squibnocket Beach.