We firmly believe that Cape Cod has the best beaches in all the world, but if you’re planning a day trip to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, you may want to spend time on the sandy shores there. Because of this, we have compiled this list of the best beaches on the islands. There’s nothing like a Massachusetts beach day spent combing the sand for shells, frolicking in the cool waters of the Atlantic, and relaxing peacefully with a good book and a drink in hand. Here’s some of the best beaches on Cape Cod and the Islands to “get your beach on” when traveling outside the Cape!
Surfside Beach, Nantucket
One of the most popular beaches on Nantucket, Surfside offers miles of bike trails, a lifeguard during the season, and easy parking. During off hours, this is also a great place to fly a kite. There might be too many people during the day, but evening hours are prime time for watching others do it, or flying your own kite!
Lighthouse Beach, Martha’s Vineyard
For the New England Beach experience you have always dreamed about, Lighthouse Beach on Martha’s Vineyard never fails to please. The black and white lighthouse stands majestically in the background, offering the ideal family photo opportunity!
Jetties Beach, Martha’s Vineyard
A popular beach during the season, Jetties Beach offers plenty of entertainment in addition to the water fun, including tennis courts, volleyball, and a playground for the younger travelers. During the off season, dog walkers love the beach for its hard-packed sand.
Nobadeer Beach, Nantucket
If you enjoy the occasional food truck meal, Nobadeer Beach is a perfect spot to visit on your Nantucket day trip. Popular with the young people, this is also a scenic place for a family picnic and a great place to surf.
Madaket Beach, Nantucket
The sunsets on Madaket Beach are more beautiful than most, making this a popular stop before leaving Nantucket to return to your vacation home. Lifeguards are available in some areas of this beach, but not all.
Aquinnah Public Beach, Martha’s Vineyard
Parking charge is worth it—$15 a car—but the chance to spend the day at this gorgeous public beach is worth every penny spent. The bluffs overlooking this special spot have been photographed millions of times over the years; they are that beautiful!
A Day at the Beach with New England Vacation Rentals!
We have a vast selection of vacation rentals, including our properties in Hyannis, Centerville, Barnstable, and West Yarmouth. Book yours today and start planning your beachcombing holiday in Massachusetts. Life is better at the best beaches on Cape Cod and the Islands in one of our waterfront rentals!