Best Time To Go
Nantucket is most popular between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but insiders favor the shoulder season (April-June and September-November). September is ideal: the ocean is still warm, the restaurants are open, and there are fewer crowds. It’s also charming to visit in December, when the island is wrapped up like a Christmas tree in tinsel and white lights.
One of the trade-offs of visiting the island is how challenging and expensive it can be to get there. Visitors can take a fast ferry (one hour) or slow ferry (two hours and fifteen minutes) from Hyannis to the island on Hy-line Cruises or the Steamship Authority. Their terminals are a 90-minute bus ride from Boston (although it can be much longer in traffic). The island is also serviced by year-round flights from Cape Air and seasonal flights from JetBlue, Delta, and American Airlines.
July and August are the hottest months, with an average high of 75°F (24°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 39°F (4°C).
Know Before You Go
Nantucket’s location makes it vulnerable to unexpected changes in weather patterns. Always bring a coat, and be aware that high winds—which are more common in the winter—can cause ferry cancellations, and fog sometimes prompts flight cancellations. This island is still old-fashioned in many ways—some establishments (as well as taxis) only accept cash.
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