Nantucket vacations have been popular for many years and show no sign of slowing down. Nantucket was, at one time, a strictly warm weather vacation spot, but now sees an influx of tourist during the spring, autumn, and even the winter for popular events like the Christmas Weekend Stroll. Although it is certainly not the cheapest place to take a trip, there are Nantucket vacation packages that can help to significantly lighten the financial load. Bundling your airfare with your hotel and car rentals is one way to go about taking advantage of potential savings. A lot of the hotels on the island offer Nantucket vacation deals, but during the peak tourist travel season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, these can be difficult to come by. As a general rule, it is always best to plan as far in advance as you can to be ensure that you are getting the best possible rates at the island’s accommodations. Between May and October many of the vacation rentals, hotels, and resorts fill up quickly.
There are activities to suit anyone on Nantucket vacations. Whether you are a couple planning your honeymoon or romantic getaway or a family looking to spend a week on the island, you are sure to find something that appeals to everyone. There are small cottages for rent on the island that are perfect for couples as well as homes of all sizes to suit big families or groups of friends traveling together. Many of the best vacation rentals and hotels are on the island’s beaches where you will find no shortage of things to do. Most Nantucket accommodations offer access to a private beach. Kayaking, surfing, swimming, and snorkeling are just a few of the activities that people of all ages enjoy. If you are staying near the Nantucket Harbor, you will find many tour providers, cruises, and opportunities to go sailing. And although the harbor is the epicenter of activity on the island, there are beautiful places to stay on all the coasts, from Madaket to Jetties Beach to Siasconset.
Because people always relate Nantucket vacations to boating, fishing, and other water-related activities, it is easy to forget how much there is to do on the island itself. Historic downtown is an attraction all on its own, featuring hundreds of historic homes and buildings and a wonderful selection of museums, galleries, cafes, stores, and restaurants. Some of the Nantucket vacation packages not only offer discounts on accommodations, but also include deals on island tours and excursions. You can take a whale watching tour, visit the island’s impressive lighthouses, or simply lie back and relax on the beach.
Dining and shopping are not to be overlooked as you plan your Nantucket vacation. There is an impressive selection of restaurants that serve world-class fare and some of the most sumptuous seafood you will ever eat. The shopping on the island offers everything from locally made goods and art to high-end designer boutiques and chic, independent outlets.
There is never a dull moment on Nantucket Island, especially if you are a lover of the sea. To truly get the comprehensive Nantucket experience, you need to get out into the Harbor or the Atlantic and see the island in all its beauty.
Nantucket Vacation Rental
Nantucket rentals are possible to acquire all around the area but Madaket is the only other area that offers a full service marina and boat storage. Keep that in mind if looking for Nantucket house rentals with that amenity included. Opposite from Madaket, Wauwinet is fairly remote and far from the maddening crowds. The beaches are secluded and access to Great Point provides excellent fishing and close proximity to the Head of the Harbor for great sailing and windsurfing. A half hour drive to Sconset is required for supplies, but for those who relish their privacy and prefer a quiet location, this is a great place to look for Nantucket house rentals.
Rentals in Nantucket can also be found in the quaint area of Sconset on the southeastern side of the Nantucket. Sconset is a lovely place with rose-covered cottages, shell driveways and excellent sunrises. In Sconset you are close to world-class golf, wide beaches and a local store and restaurants in summer so you really never have to leave if you don't want to! The widest of beaches in the area offer space and plenty of beach combing, sunning and swimming. When looking for rentals in Nantucket, Sconset is a great option.
Take a look at rentals in Nantucket in the Tom Nevers area where it's more wooded and private yet many rentals are still fairly close to the beach. This area is not as good for swimming as the other but South Shores is nearby as well as some top golf courses. In Tom Nevers there are also tennis courts, a roller-hockey rink and several bike paths. South Shore is home to the best, yet fairly crowded beaches on Nantucket and some of the best in the U.S. Some areas are thickly settled communities in this area. South Shore has great access to beaches and bike paths.
A Nantucket vacation rental in Mid-Island is likely going to go for the most reasonable rate on Nantucket. Larger homes on wooded properties offering more privacy are here. Though none are oceanside South Shore beaches are a short drive. This area is where Nantucket's newest homes in planned communities are being built.
Saving the best areas for last we have Nantucket Town and The Harbor. Town is where the restaurants shops and beaches are abundant and it's only a short walk to The Harbor. Many people feel that Town is the place to be and other feel its too busy. Town is where the largest concentration of pre-civil war homes in America are. Nantucket Town is the center of it all and a fun place to take a Nantucket vacation rental.
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