The Top 4 Nantucket Neighborhoods Worth Exploring

Nantucket may be a tiny island only encompassing 105 miles, but the Atlantic beacon boasts some of the most diverse terrains in New England. Discover the sea-washed dunes of Madaket up to the towering cliffs of ‘Sconset. Whether you’re searching for the stillness of the sea or the bustling of downtown, there is something for everyone to explore on the island. Here’s a look at some of our favorite Nantucket neighborhoods.

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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!

  • Downtown

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

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.

  • ‘Sconset

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

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

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