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“Beautiful Spot on the eastern edge of nantucket”
Review of Great Point Light

Great Point Light
Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Towering more than 60 feet, this historic lighthouse was established in 1784, destroyed in 1984 and rebuilt in 1986. Located on the Coskata Coatue Wildlife Refuge. You can get a tour of the lighthouse if you join one of the Trustees of Reservations guided natural history tours depending on the time of year and access to the lighthouse. Beach access is limited during storms and high tides. Always check the local Great Point tides and never drive through water!
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Beautiful Lighthouse perched on the high cliffs overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Parking is close the walk is easy.

Date of experience: October 2018
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DianeL2782, Manager at Great Point Light, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Ric B; I believe you have Great Point Lighthouse confused with Sankatay Light in Sconset.
Great Point Lighthouse is a 5 mile trip on a beach which requires a hearty hiker or 4x4 vehicle.
Sankatay is a fabulous lighthouse which does have parking very close.
Cheers!
Diane

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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Great Point is an incredible place to experience, but the trip out there is just as important as the destination. The drive out the beach and through the dunes is amazing. Most of the time you feel like you're at the end of the world, especially if you happen to go when it's windy (most of the time). You can wander around the light itself-- although not much there to actually see-- it's the atmosphere and the scenery that's the attraction. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) the very tip of the Point has been closed off as a seal habitat for ~10 years now, so you can't experience the very end-- it belongs to the seals now. You can't get too close, but close enough to observe the colony. Plan to spend some time exploring the entire reservation of Coskata-Coatue, of which Great Point is only a part. Coatue is the part of Nantucket that forms the other side of the inner harbor, it's a wild and lovely place.
Requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and an extra fee (to the Trustees of Reservations, the organization that maintains this and several other reserves around the state) beyond a Nantucket beach permit. Dogs are OK after September 15, until April 1.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank CarTRVLR
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

I love how they frequently close this place to protect the birds from the Jeeps but have now littered the place with porta-potties. Ridiculous. The place is now crawling with ranger-nazis driving all over the place telling you to slow down. $45 just for the drive out there. It's spectacular but honestly its just about fishing so it you're not fishing, I'd skip it. Don't even think of hiking out there and if you are in a boat make sure you know what you're doing. The rip currents are very dangerous. And don't even think of swimming out there. Great Whites frequently spotted by fishing boats.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank homebody12
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

A few points to note, including information I wish I had when my family set out to see this landmark. (We tried to plan ahead, but we didn’t come across much of this information in our research to begin with.)

-Unless you have a 4WD vehicle and a permit, all vehicles and bikes must stop at the Wauwinet Gatehouse. This is because, except for a short stretch after the gatehouse where some b+b’s and houses reside, the “road” is essentially soft sand. Most of the vehicles we saw were jeeps, with deflated tires.
-The distance between the gatehouse and the lighthouse is approximately 5.5 miles each way.
-If hiking the entire distance, bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a lot of water! The mosquitos are aggressive and not much smaller than birds. Highly suggest wearing a hat.
-Drivers can only go so far, but after a certain distance of driving on the beach.
-The hike between the gatehouse and the actual beach is just over a mile (1.3, to be exact), and for this group of adults it took us about a half hour. (See uploaded google map picture - the dotted line represents that mile, which gives you an idea of the overall distance to the lighthouse.)
-If you don’t have your own transportation, note that finding an uber or taxi can be tough, especially b/c not many cars come out this way. In addition to the lack of cab resources, there is spotty reception. Probably best to drive yourself, arrange your own transportation, or bike over and park at the gatehouse.

The views are gorgeous! There is probably more information out there but hope this is helpful. Easiest option would probably be to arrange a professional outing through the refuge to the lighthouse. Enjoy!

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank sachen4
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

If you rent a 4- wheel drive vehicle, try to time your visit with the tours offered to the top. Fabulous

Date of experience: July 2018
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