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Madaket Beach

Nantucket, MA 02554
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Ranked #6 of 49 attractions in Nantucket
Type: Beaches
Activities: Swimming
Description: Located on the south side of Nantucket, this beach is known for its rough surf.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

absolutely gorgeous beach that was completely desolate in March which really added to its beauty, even in the cold it was worth a short walk. Feels so serene.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I went for a nice walk here as the sun was setting. This is the best place to see a sunset. You must be very cautious of the surf here. It is open ocean and very strong. Parents should be careful with young children. I never swim here as there is so much debris in the water. I was actually... More

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Boston
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

My husband and I went to Madakat beach the week of Labor day. It was one of the only beaches that still had bus access running every day after the Monday of Labor Day. It was so wonderfully quiet! There were only a few other people on the beach each day and we had some great beach days weather wise.... More

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Hiram, Maine
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great beach, good fishing, nice sunsets. Surf and currents can be rough, beware. It can be windy and foggy on this side of the island. Nantucket has about 78 miles of public sand beach more than twice as much as the state of Maine and the water is much warmer.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

... at the end of a very do-able bike-ride. I am not a particularly able bicyclist... & the ride was made easy by an off-road biking path. The beach was sandy, with a large carpark. If you're off-season, you need to bring your own deli-picnic - the cafes will be shut!

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Chappaqua, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

As far as beaches go, it is a pretty straightforward gig. BUT....the sunset is spectacular and arguably the best on the island. Grab some wine, a blanket (and maybe a kite for the kids) and get there right before sunset. You will be glad you did!

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

very quiet, but millie's was still open and provided anything you might need for a day at the beach; gorgeous sunset spot

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

If you want to watch the sunset, this is the beach to do it from. It is also a beach with the roughest water on the island. You can walk quite a distance all the way to Smith Point. Erosion and storm damage have taken quite a toll on the beach here and getting down to the water takes some... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Beautiful beach with easy access. Other beaches on the Island are more family oriented - Madaket is more remote, tends to be a bit quieter and is a bit smaller.

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New York City, New York
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We came out from the town by bus to see the sunset- unfortunately it was soooo foggy that a couple near us lost there dog for an hour. We asked a local and they said it is foggy enough to obscure the sunset 30% of the time. So check the weather report before you go!

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