("Surfside, Nantucket" by Mike T is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
The surfside area has many vacation homes, large and small, and is a very popular area with families. About 3 miles from Town center, Surfside Beach is one of the largest beach areas with restrooms, lifeguards, chair rentals, and a snack shack. There is plenty of parking and no beach sticker is required. Because this is a south shore beach, the waves and the currents can be quite strong, so please always exercise good judgement.
The burgers from the beach concession stand are considered by many to be the best on island. There is NRTA bus service to this beach from downtown.
Nobadeer Beach is located closest to the airport runway and is ideal to watch the planes come in for a landing. A very popular beach for younger folks. It has no facilities or lifeguards.