Madaket Beach
Madaket Beach
4.5
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Located on the south side of Nantucket, this beach is known for its rough surf.
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Kathy P
Canton, GA78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Perhaps I am spoiled by southern beaches but you drive down a narrow, very rutted dirt road to get to the beach. You park along the road (no parking lot), there are no bathrooms, no showers, absolutely nothing but the beach. Mother Nature has done her job and it is pretty there and the place to go for sunset but be sure to bring everything you may want/need because you won't find anything out there.
Written May 20, 2022
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sarahgoeshere
Boston, MA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Hop on a bike and follow the path from town to Madaket, with a stop at Millie's to-go window for sandwiches to bring to the beach. (There's also a little shop to grab drinks/towels/etc.) When you're done at Madaket, treat yourself with a visit to Cisco Brewers, and that may just be the best Nantucket summer day ever.

(Note - this is re: 2016, though I don't think anything about the beach or that routine has changed since.)
Written August 1, 2018
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A FINE ASPECT LIFTS THIS BEACH ABOVE PEER AVERAGE

The typical NANTUCKET Atlantic ocean beach is a sub section of the of the long strip of silica starting in the south-west of the island and sweeping 26M-42KM to the north-east tip. As such they tend to be open, rather featureless beaches, stretching off towards the horizon (or the next beach) each end with no defining headlands, and backed by low grass-covered dunes. Width from the high tide mark to the dunes tends to wax and wane both over distance and over time (due to storm wave attack). These beaches don’t light my fire (I’m a beach blogger with over 3 million hits, visited thousands of beaches over the years) but they are not unpleasant either – I tend to rate them AVERAGE (2 TripAdvisor roundels).
MADAKET is towards the western end of this long strip and is pretty typical, except for one advantage, ASPECT. It faces south-west and enjoys great sunsets over the sea (except for maybe around the summer solstice when the sun is at its most northerly extent) This aspect had the rather cool and strong NORTH EASTERLY winds at my time of visit blowing directly off the shore, making for smooth seas and warmer conditions than on more exposed beaches. Due to this favourable aspect I have given MADAKET an extra roundel – rating it ABOVE AVERAGE compared to other beaches I visited along this long strip.

MORE ON THE BEACH
- despite the late hour (I’m a sunset tragic) there was still a good crowd of people due to the sheltered conditions
- readers’ pix show width and gradient tend to vary over time: my visit saw plenty of the former and a moderate gradient.
- sand was the typical yellow-grey-brown. Dirtied up at access points. There was and a bit of weed at the high tide mark and a fair number of pebbles/shell fragments all over.
- this beach has lifeguards. The surf was very benign my visit, but the aspect makes it very exposed to Atlantic storm waves. Readers’ pix show big surf which leads to rip currents. Keep a close eye on your kids – they can get into trouble so quickly. If so, don’t try to rescue them – too many people drown trying to save family. Alert the lifeguards who have rescue and surf skills.
If YOU get caught in a rip current and are exhausted simply tread water (minimal effort activity) and let it carry you out the back. Surfers use rips as an easy way to access the take-off zone. Even the biggest rips dissipate less than 200m off the sand. It’s nice out there and you will soon be noticed.
Don’t try to swim against a rip, you can’t.
If not exhausted swim sideways - rips are narrow.
- the car park behind the beach only has about 20 spaces. There are change sheds/showers/rest rooms but I didn’t notice any food concessions.
- there is an hourly shuttle bus from town: 40mins/$3.
Written September 17, 2019
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New_Month_New_Trip
Washington, DC130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
Got here by bicycle from downtown Nantucket. Ride out to Madaket tends to be a gradual uphill climb along a paved bike path. Unfortunately, the path is mostly inland among the trees so you miss the beautiful water views along the way. This beach however was beautiful and quiet (off season October) and worth the ride. Much different scenery than downtown Nantucket.
Written October 23, 2017
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Seamoor7
191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Every year the sands shift at Madaket Beach. Some years the beach is narrow, others it can be quite wide and 4 wheel drive accessible. This is one of those years. You can drive on and make your way out toward Smith Point. Deep sand is a caution, let the air out of your tires for traction. This beach faces southwest so sunsets are spectacular. A great picnic area. There are several access points to the beach. Some have parking.
Written September 1, 2017
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JayC
Newburyport, MA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
This is the beast beach to watch the sunset. There is a bike trail from town or you can take the NRTA bus in season. Go to Millie's and have a casual dinner and watch a spectacular sunset from you table.
Written May 5, 2015
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hadashi
Los Angeles54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
look, i'm biased with my 5 stars but i make no apology. this is the beach of many happy memories, and there is a good reason why.
when i was a kid i never understood why people thought Nantucket was such a fancy place to go. all i knew was that my uncle & aunt had a place there forever and that was where all the Chans went over the summer if you didn't want to wait until Christmas to see your peeps. we'd go clamming and crabbing and feed the ducks...and of course go to the beach. and this is the one, because it's walking distance from the house.
i get it now as a quasi-adult why people get all woo-woo when i say i'm going to Nantucket, but Madaket is so far away from Nantucket Town and/or 'Sconset -- both literally and figuratively -- that i'm happy that's where my peeps ended up all those years ago. sure, it's a drive (or solid bike ride) from Town, but it's well worth it. parking, even during peak times in summer, isn't awful, and because the public beach is right next to a "private" beach (where the residents go), everyone spreads out and it never feels crazy crowded. the water always feels so good, and curious seals will come check you out. sometimes the waves can get a little wild, but even on many windy days, the water will be relatively calm.
the best part of course is the SUNSETS...even this longtime Los Angeles-dweller, who has seen many a splendid beach sunset, has been totally and utterly WOWed by the sunsets at Madaket Beach. watching a fiery orb slowly descend below the watery horizon, turning the sky all colors and bathing the sand in a golden glow, is an experience you need to have if you've made it all the way out to Nantucket, let alone all the way out to Madaket. i will say it again: DO NOT MISS THE SUNSET HERE. (disclaimer: weather permitting!)
Millie's is right down the street so you can easily grab some grub and make it a sunset dinner picnic if you want to, if you are not lucky enough to have Chinese aunties who have already prepared some kind of seafood feast for you wrapped in aluminum foil. see, many happy memories. just go.
Written December 9, 2014
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Allan B
Wyckoff, NJ70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Esay to get to but has limited parking. large stretch having much room for sun bathers and swimmers. usually has life guard and has portable toilet facility. Waves vary depebding on tide and wathe. Some surfacing is possible.
Written September 8, 2019
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Richard G
Northampton, UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Fabulous sandy beach with superb breakers rolling in from the North Atlantic, a sight to behold and wonder at the power and beauty of the ocean.
Written May 27, 2019
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julestibbs
Sudbury, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Sand as far as you can see and not a soul in sight. Hired a bike to get here, sadly missed the sunset which is meant to be spectacular. There was a portaloo and bike racks but no cafe or refreshment outlet, there is one nearby but this was shut as out of season. The quietness and lack of people was a bonus in my book
Written October 17, 2018
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