Madaket Beach

Madaket Beach, Nantucket: Address, Phone Number, Madaket Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Madaket Beach
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Located on the south side of Nantucket, this beach is known for its rough surf.
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dcalianno
McKinney, TX239 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We drove out to Madaket Beach to see the sunset. It was about a 30 minute drive from the ferry terminal. It is the perfect spot to see the sunset.

There is limited parking and many people park along the road. Millie’s is a good Mexican restaurant located nearby.

Many people bring chairs, food and drinks to celebrate the sunset. I highly recommend checking out this beach.
Written September 16, 2021
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AHW676
Kansas City, MO3,766 contributions
Oct 2020
Disclaimer that our trip was in October, past peak season. On the day that we went to Madaket Beach, it’s was insanely windy and there was not another soul on the beach. So at least during the off-season, don’t look for boardwalks or restaurants or lifeguards. It was still lovely, but hang on tightly to your hat!
Written November 10, 2020
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nowincolorado
Colorado Springs, CO2,960 contributions
We read that Madaket Beach has world-famous sunsets so that is where we headed to! We found out sunset was at 6:03pm (in Oct) and got there at 5:45pm.

There is no parking lot and very few (maybe for 3 cars) parking spots on the side road. The beach is not within walking distance from town.

The sunset on the beach was beautiful! We took tons of photos as the sun was setting only to discover that the BEST views were AFTER the sunset not when the sun was setting! (Wish someone would have told us that!).

See the attached picture and see why the "after the sunset" is so beautiful - the sky was filled with all shades of colors!

Excellent experience!
Written October 16, 2006
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Kathy P
Canton, GA77 contributions
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, MA149 contributions
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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New_Month_New_Trip
Washington, DC141 contributions
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
205 contributions
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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Jay C
Newburyport, MA18 contributions
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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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,171 contributions
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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Allan B
Wyckoff, NJ66 contributions
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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