Once you disembark the ferry and grab your bags, its time to disappear from the crowds and head to one the many beaches. For such a small island, there is a beach for every mood and activity level.
The one in the picture above is Brant point, its the tip where all boats come and leave from. There are no restrooms, concession stands which makes it perfect to just sit and watch the boating traffic. Its a great place to bring some cheese and crackers and some drinks and settle in as the sun sets.
If you are with family in tow or just want some more amenities, then jetties beach is the place for you. It has the pavilion that houses a full restaurant and bar, gift shop, restrooms and changing areas. They have picnic tables and beach chairs in the sand where you can have a cocktail and listen to live music while waiting for a table at dinner.
It has lifeguards during the day for the families that pack the white sandy, calm water beach and a great place to go at sunset when all the families have moved into town for dinner.
For those who want more activity and a more youthful vibe, then grab a shuttle bus for 50 cents to 1 dollar and head out to Surfside beach. It is aptly named because of the crashing waves and boogies boards can be seen covering the waves. It has a parking lot and its at the end of a bike trail for those who want to pedal there. There is a seafood shack and porta johns, so you can spend the day playing in the waves with no worries.
Madaket is on the other side of the island, about 7 miles from town center. A hearty bike, cab or 2 dollars on the shuttle will get you to an entire different feel on the island. There is one little market/sandwich shop before the beach and several porta johns next to the entrance to the beach.
It is a great little series of dirt/shell roads that can be wandered. The roads take you over little bridges where you can see people catching crabs with chicken legs tied on string. Once you reach the beach, it feels as though you have reached the end of the world. It is a expansion beach that has a pond on one side and the Atlantic on the other, Sometimes if the tides and time is right, you might be able to find the elusive sand dollar to bring home as a memory of your time away. It is also known for some of the best sunsets on the island, so plan ahead and be sure to bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and toast to coming back next year.