Nantucket Travel Guide

Moving out to New England we fell in love with summer on Nantucket, and I wanted to put a Nantucket Travel Guide together for you that includes ferry info, our favorite restaurants, places to stay, and most cherished activities. It’s definitely a highlight of our summer and I get asked quite often for travel suggestions, so I wanted to put it all in one place.

Ferry Info

There are several modes of transportation that you can take to get over to the island. You can fly or take the ferry over. I prefer to travel by ferry, since we are in Connecticut. I’ve taken all the ferries over at some point, but my preferred mode of transportation is to use Seastreak Ferry out of New Bedford. We avoid the Cape traffic with Seastreak and it’s a shorter drive from Connecticut.

I don’t like flying on small planes and the fog can delay a lot of flights, so I just find this the best way to get there. Also, I love that they offer valet service. We just pull right up to the ferry entrance and they take care of our car for a small fee. It’s a really nice service that the other ferries do not offer. It’s a fast ferry and in peak season they offer more times for arrivals and departures.

Ferry over

Seastreak New Bedford

Steamship Cape Cod

Hy-Line Cape Cod

By air

Cape Air


*there are several private jet services to look into

On the island

Rent a Jeep

If you are not bringing your vehicle over, there are several places on island to rent a vehicle. The Wave Bus runs regularly out to different points on the island and the hub is in town. If we don’t rent a Jeep, we usually just call an Uber. You can bike to a lot of places too.

Where to Stay

We’ve stayed in home rentals and many hotels on Nantucket. If we are traveling with the family, I prefer a vacation home. When it’s just the two of us, we pick a hotel we both really enjoy staying at in town.

My favorites


Nantucket Rentals


The Nantucket

The White Elephant



Greydon House


There are so many restaurants to enjoy during your visit. For more casual fare: Something Natural, Provisions, and Lemon Press are my picks. Also, you have to get ice cream from The Juice Bar and Sconset Market. For lovely dinners: these are my absolute favorite ones. I’ll add to this list as we find new ones to love too.

My favorites

The Chanticleer

Galley Beach


Via Mare


Summer Activities

I really love to relax when I’m on island time, so we do a lot of beach days, walks, and always fit in time on the water. Here are some favorites we enjoy.

My favorites

Sailing with Endeavor Sailing

The Sconset Bluff Walk

The Whaling Museum

Rent a Jeep to head out to Great Point

Rent bikes from Cooks Cycle and ride out to Sconset

For beach days: Steps Beach, Sconset Beach, Ladies Beach, Madaket Beach (amazing sunsets here)

Lighthouses: There are three lighthouses on the island. Brant Point is right in town, Sankaty is in Sconset, and Great Point is only accessible by driving on the beach. You will need a permit for this, but it’s so worth doing.


There are so many shops on Nantucket. It’s hard to narrow down to just a few, but if I had to pick my favorites here’s the ones I’d recommend.

My favorites

Alice Walk

Murray’s Toggery Shop

Nantucket Looms

28 Centre Point

Skinny Dip

Ralph Lauren

Vineyard Vines

More Nantucket

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LAST UPDATED: JUNE 2024 | This guide will be updated as details change and as we discover new things we love during our summers on Nantucket.

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