If you are a strong swimmer or surfer up for a challenge, ensure to check out Western Avenue Beach. It is found on the southern part of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The water in this area is colder and has rip tides, shifting sand, strong currents, and heavier surf. The powerful waves and currents are guaranteed to provide a worthwhile challenge, which will pump up your adrenaline.
However, swimming and surfing at the beach are at your own risk as no lifeguards are on duty. Due to this, it only attracts a few people making it the ideal chill-out spot for those looking for a quiet, unspoiled beach.
Western Avenue Beach is among the three beaches managed by the Land Bank, the other two being Stones and Footsteps. It is found right opposite the Nantucket’s Youth Hostel.
To access it, you may take Surfside road towards the South Shore. You should then take the road on your right – just before you reach the ocean. It will lead you to a Landbank sign and a dirt parking area. Only three parking spots are available; thus, you may not find space, especially in summer and on the weekends. Luckily, Western Avenue Beach is within walking distance from Surfside Beach.
You will find an access path on the left of the parking area. Benches at the beach entry path allow you to catch your breath and take in your surroundings.
The path is fairly long and features a staircase over a dune leading to the beach and ocean. Though the walk may be tiring, you enjoy stunning ocean views that make it worth the trouble. On the flip side, the staircase makes the beach challenging to access by anyone with mobility issues.