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Madaket Beach

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Madaket Beach

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LynneM77 wrote a review Sep 2020
Boston, Massachusetts37 contributions4 helpful votes
Madaket Beach is easy to get to and very clean. There is free parking and lifeguards were on duty while we were there.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Tina M wrote a review Oct 2019
Victoria, Canada490 contributions91 helpful votes
We drove out to the beach on our rented scooter and the ride out was fabulous. Very scenic. The beach was lovely and we sat for a bit to watch people surf. Great spot to walk along the beach and just enjoy the scenery. Very clean as well.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Bernadette D wrote a review Sep 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania36 contributions5 helpful votes
We rode our bikes out to Madaket because we'd been told it was a great spot to watch the sunset and it was fabulous! Because we visited in the middle of September, the crowds had died down significantly and it was like being on your own private beach and the far end of the island. Sadly Millie's, the famous restaurant at the beach, was closed so we have another reason to go back to Nantucket!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Robert S wrote a review Sep 2019
Westborough MA227 contributions53 helpful votes
Fairly wide beach, long stretch to walk. Only one restaurant nearby, Millies, but I would recommend it. No lifeguards, the water can be a but rough bit certainly can wade in to cool off. Saw one seal - no great whites however!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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blackeldo wrote a review Sep 2019
Kiama, Australia1,940 contributions867 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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