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Many of the features of Nantucket haven't changed since the 17th century when the island first became famous for whaling, even being mentioned in the novel Moby Dick. With long sandy beaches and streets full of whitewashed clapboard houses, it has the classic New England look, and visitors enjoy the laid back atmosphere that the island offers. There's a great combination of family-friendly beach fun, history, and the arts that make Nantucket the perfect vacation spot all year round.

Things to see

Surfside Beach has miles of flat golden sands, winding trails through long green sand dunes, and of course, the crashing waves of the clear ocean where surfers head out on their colorful boards. The Children's Beach close to the harbor is ideal for family fun, with well guarded shallow swimming areas, and plenty of golden sandy spots where families can stretch out and relax. The centerpiece of the Whaling Museum is the 46 long sperm whale skeleton that gives you an idea of how difficult whaling must have been. Converted from an old candle works, the museum has been fitted with modern, interactive displays where you can learn about the whaling history of the island and see artifacts from the time. The Jethro Coffin House is the oldest home on the island that still stands in its original location, and dates back to the English settlement of the 17th century. This humble grey brick home has been preserved over the years, and as you step inside you can get a sense what life was like for those early settlers.

Hotels in Nantucket

Nantucket has many cozy, historic inns that reflect the rich history of the island, and they are often located close to the seafront with spectacular views from your bedroom window. In many Nantucket hotels you'll find facilities such as free breakfasts, room service, tour and ticket assistance, free WiFi, and computer stations. You'll often find individually designed guestrooms in cozy, comfortable styles, with amenities such as air conditioning, bathrobes, premium bedding, complimentary toiletries, rainfall shower heads, refrigerators, and flat-screen televisions.

Where to stay

Nantucket Downtown Historic District has beautifully preserved buildings from the island's days as a seaport. Along the cobbled streets and roads you'll see classic New England style brick and wooden buildings framed by large trees. You'll find many art galleries and boutiques selling handmade goods, as well as cozy tearooms and coffee shops with many of their original features making you feel like you've stepped back in time. Along the wharf and other waterfront areas you'll find plenty of seafood restaurants serving the catch of the day, and these cozy, rustic establishments are popular amongst those who have just docked in the harbor.

How to get to Nantucket

Nantucket Memorial Airport is on the south side of the island, with small planes arriving from Boston and Hyannis on a regular basis, and from here you can get a rental car or take one of the many short bus journeys across the island. From Hyannis you can also take a ferry, with the express service taking about an hour, and the cheaper regular service taking just over 2 hours. Hyannis is about 70 miles from Boston Logan International Airport, and if you get a rental car from here it can be taken on the ferry to make your transfers easier.

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