9 Best Nantucket Sunset Spots

Nantucket Island, also known as “The Faraway Land” in the language of the native Wampanoag tribe, is located 30 miles south off Cape Cod. The island measures 14 miles long and 3 1/2 miles wide. The island is home to stunning properties, yacht-filled harbors, lovely beaches, world-class restaurants, AND beautiful sunsets!

Here are 9 of the best Nantucket sunset spots to check out:

40th Pole

40th Pole is located on Nantucket’s north shore and has small waves, making it ideal for children and families. This beach can be reached on foot or by a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The beach is the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Nantucket Sound.

Boat Basin

The Nantucket Boat Basin is a fantastic full-service marina in historic Nantucket Harbor. The Boat Basin is the premier luxury destination for sailors and yacht captains in the New England area. A photograph of the sun setting behind the yachts and cute shops on the wharf is a must!

Cisco Beach

Cisco Beach is a popular beach located a short distance from Cisco Brewery and Bartlett’s Farm. The beautiful white sand beach is one of the wilder beaches on Nantucket with strong waves and currents. If you’re looking to photograph some surfers in action, this is a great spot! The beach is an iconic sunset viewing location too!

Dionis Beach

Dionis Beach is another great sunset viewing location on Nantucket located to the east of 40th Pole Beach. Dionis Beach boasts beautiful white sand and gentle waves along with lifeguards and restrooms in the summer. Don’t miss out on catching the sunset over the Nantucket Sound from Dionis Beach.

Galley Beach

If you’re looking to capture some beautiful beach scenes, you have to check out Galley Beach! Galley Beach is a private beach for private residences and the Cliffside Beach Club. But, walkers are welcome to walk along the beach. The beach is located only about 1 mile from downtown Nantucket, making it the closest place from downtown to catch a lovely beach sunset.

Ladies Beach

Ladies Beach is located south of Bartlett Farm and within the Smooth Hummocks Coastal Preserve. The beach can be accessed via a nearby parking area and a footpath through the dunes. The waves of the Atlantic facing beach make it a great spot for body surfing and swimming. Head over to Ladies Beach during the evening to capture the sky light up over the Atlantic!

Madaket Beach

Madaket, on the island’s far west coast, has one of the most beautiful beaches. During the summer, surfers flock to Madaket Beach for big waves and secluded surfing. The beach is long and narrow, with towering dunes and stunning views of the water from private cottages. It’s especially lovely in the evenings when locals and visitors congregate to watch the spectacular sunsets. It is truly one of the ultimate Nantucket sunset spots!

The Wauwinet

The Wauwinet is a seaside retreat with breathtaking bay views, historic architecture, and luxury amenities for the ideal Nantucket Island stay. The historic inn, Nantucket’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, is known worldwide for its outstanding service, local cuisine, and stunning accommodations just steps from the beach and Nantucket Bay. The best way to photograph the sunset over the bay is from The Wauwinet!

Washing Pond Beach

Washing Pond Beach is a stunning beach located on Washington Pond Road. It offers sweeping views of the Nantucket Sound and it is typically lowkey. Exploring the tidal pools, swimming, and collecting shells are great, but the sunsets from Washing Pond Beach are the star. The Nantucket Sound-facing beaches truly are some of the best Nantucket sunset spots!

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