Destination guide

Nantucket in a nutshell: you'll have a whale of a time

Popularized in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the former "whaling capital of the world" is now a posh summer playground where CEOs, celebrities, and affluent visitors tuck into the finest seafood meals and tee off at exclusive golf clubs. Nantucket vacation rentals give you a chance to experience this charming New England town, with its maritime heritage and stunning beaches. Must-dos include a trip to the fascinating Nantucket Whaling Museum, housed in a 19th-century whale oil candle factory, and pictorials against the backdrop of Brant Point Light, a picturesque 1746 lighthouse.

Things to do

Mitchell-in starred attractions in Nantucket

Nantucket native Maria Mitchell was the first female astronomer in the US, and you can visit her Quaker-style childhood home, Mitchell House, for a peek at early 19th-century life before going starwatching at Loines Observatory and Vestal Street Observatory. The locally-caught marine life showcased at the seaside Maria Mitchell Aquarium aren't going to be anyone's lunch—they're released back into the wild at the end of each season. You can also pop into the Nantucket Atheneum, a library built in the Greek Revival architectural style, for a lecture by the country's most distinguished speakers.

Activities

Nautical and nice—life's a beach in Nantucket

Water the chances of getting bored on this small island? Zilch, because there's plenty to do in and out of the water. The beaches, of course, are Nantucket's main draw, and those on the north side are calmer and shallower—Children's Beach and Jetties Beach are particularly great for families with kids. For surfing and boogie boarding, head to the beaches on the south side, such as Surfside, Madaket, and ‘Sconset. You can also go sailing, kayaking, or fishing, and if you want to take it easy, there's bird-, seal-, and whale-watching.

Weather

Bundle up for the chilly Nantucket winter

The weather in Nantucket is always influenced by the Atlantic ocean, and it's one of the few areas on the East Coast with an oceanic climate. Temperatures fall anywhere between 62 and 76 degrees in July and August. Winters are mild and wet, with the most rainy days from November to February. January and February are the coldest months, when temps range from 25 to 39 degrees. If you're ready to contend with the cold, you might score the best deals on Nantucket vacation rentals in the winter, and attractions typically remain open through Christmas and New Year.

Natural features

Muskeget Island has our (gray) seal of approval

Booking a Nantucket vacation rental means you'll be treated to beautiful coastal scenery and occasional sightings of local sea life, but you can also go further afield for even more nature trips. From Nantucket Harbor, you can take a cruise to nearby Muskeget Island. Its shores largely consist of sand dunes and marshes, and it's a breeding spot for gray seals. And if you thought Nantucket couldn't get any more photogenic, you should see it during daffodil season in late April, when the island is covered in millions of the bright yellow blooms.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Nantucket

Fly into Nantucket, MA (ACK-Nantucket Memorial), the closest airport, located 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Vineyard Haven, MA (MVY-Martha's Vineyard), which is 27.6 mi (44.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Nantucket Island, MA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 999 vacation rentals near Nantucket Island. From 769 Houses to 137 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nantucket Island for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Nantucket Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nantucket Island:

  • Nantucket Town: 555 vacation rentals
  • Siasconset: 70 vacation rentals
  • Madaket: 72 vacation rentals
  • Tom Nevers: 77 vacation rentals
  • Brant Point: 324 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Nantucket Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Nantucket Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Surfside Beach: 994 vacation rentals
  • Nantucket Atheneum: 992 vacation rentals
  • Madaket Beach: 1,261 vacation rentals
  • Jetties Beach: 1,000 vacation rentals
  • Brant Point Light: 995 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nantucket Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nantucket Island?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 769 Houses in Nantucket Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Nantucket Island include:

  • Cottages: 137 rentals available
  • Cabins: 137 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 137 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nantucket Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 201 vacation rentals with pool available in Nantucket Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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