Nantucket Travel Guide

Nantucket Travel Guide

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This charming island has an independent spirit all its own. With the highest concentration of pre-Civil War homes in the country, 82 miles of coastli... Read More

This charming island has an independent spirit all its own. With the highest concentration of pre-Civil War homes in the country, 82 miles of coastline, and not one traffic light in sight, Nantucket is a small-town vacation destination. The island, much of which is protected from development, is a favorite of sea- and scene-loving urbanites, who also gravitate to Nantucket for the promise of swanky retailers and restaurants. But outside of town, the island's windblown, starkly beautiful dunes and moors feel almost as remote as they must have a century (or four) ago. Let Travel + Leisure's Nantucket travel guide give you a taste of both sides.

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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.

Transportation

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.

Weather

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.

Language

English

Electric

Type A two-prong plug or Type B three-prong plug

Currency

United States Dollar ($)

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