World's Best Islands 2013
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No. 23 Nantucket, MA
Sea- and scene-loving urbanites descend on Nantucket, which has plenty of swanky retailers and restaurants as well as old-time traditions. But outside of town, the island's windblown, starkly beautiful dunes and moors still have the power to make you feel far removed. Bring your picnic lunch to Great Point beach.
Where to Stay: Wade Cottages, a 1920s estate in ’Sconset with cottages and five apartments for rent.