See even more of the island with our exclusive Vacation Guide! Our complimentary guide offers hand-picked recommendations on everything you need to see and do during your trip.
Our 4 Favorite Nantucket Neighborhoods
Spread your wings during your next visit to Nantucket. Downtown is fabulous, but the island offers so much to be explored. See the lighthouses towering from the coastal cliffs and sneak into the secret gardens of the westside beaches. Discover all of the best Nantucket neighborhoods and find your favorite!
You can’t talk Nantucket without mentioning its vibrant Downtown area. From five-star restaurants to pristine shopping, we don’t need to tell you why you need to visit Downtown Nantucket. Brant Point Lighthouse, established in 1746 to guide ships gracefully into Nantucket’s safe harbor, is a nostalgic feature of this Norman Rockwell-esque neighborhood, as is the acclaimed Whaling Museum, which features a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a massive Fresnel lens, and a restored 1847 candle factory
Madaket is on the western-most side of the island, and it features long stretches of warm sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing and dips in the calm Atlantic. Its proximity to downtown makes it the ideal getaway on two wheels. Ride out, throw out the blanket, pull out your beach-read, and enjoy the day on one of New England’s untouched beaches.
Local tip: Visit Steps Beach just around the corner. The hidden gem is tucked between floral dunes, salt-ridden steps, and the most awe-inspiring views of the ocean.
Siasconset, better known to locals as ‘Sconset, is the only other designated town other than Downtown Nantucket on the island. With a population of 205, it is home to some of Nantucket’s wealthiest homeowners.
And for a good reason—the town is filled with some of the most spectacular landscapes on the island. Visit Sankaty Light Head and get a view from the steepest cliffs on the island, towering over the wide-open Atlantic. Take your time strolling along the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk where the roses grow wild, and the warm breeze never stops. Once you’ve connected with Mother Nature, take a trip to Downtown ‘Sconset and enjoy fresh-made subs and fantastic company. You’ll want to plan to spend the day in this tiny town.
Surfside is located on the southern end of the island and, as you might imagine, boasts larger waves and better surf. The waters are not as calm as Madaket, but the ambiance is just the same with long, sandy strips of beach and local vendors for a midday bite. You’ll want to pay attention to the flags at Surfside to ensure safety for all beachgoers.
Plan Your Stay in the Heart of Nantucket
Come back to the newest addition to the Anchor Inn, The Bungalow. The two-bedroom, three-bath private bungalow is located next to the historic Old North Church and within walking distance to all of Downtown’s best restaurants and shopping. A stay at The Bungalow effortlessly combines the luxury of a hotel with the privacy of a vacation rental.
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