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Nantucket travel guide

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You're Going to Love Nantucket

One of America's greatest upscale vacation destinations, Nantucket may not currently be on your vacation radar, but that's about to change. This beautiful island, located just off the coast of Massachusetts, has something for everyone to enjoy.

It's hard to imagine anywhere more relaxing. Head to beaches like Surfside to unroll your blanket, open a book and spend all day listening to the waves break on the pure white sand. Rent a sailing boat and glide out into the bay, fish for the abundant bass and bluefish or head back to dry land and enjoy a round of golf with friends.

From fine dining options like the Boarding House in Nantucket Town to the boutiques on Main Street, all of the conventional needs of tourists are catered for as well. So, for a fusion of vacation essentials, sublime coastline and sporting activities, Nantucket is just ideal.

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When to Visit Nantucket

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Nantucket is a superb summer destination. Between June and early September, temperatures are usually in the high 70s or 80s (with very occasional rainfall). Then again, high summer also brings the crowds and accommodation costs can go through the roof. As an alternative, try late spring (late April to early June).

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Where to Stay in Nantucket

If you are traveling to Nantucket for seclusion and relaxation, the best accommodation option will probably be a furnished cottage or cabin on the shore. However, resorts like the Cottages at Boat Basin offer a neat compromise, offering hotel amenities, like a spa and restaurant, and individual cabins. There are also come beautiful inns on the island, including Ships Inn and the Union Street Inn - both of which are in Nantucket town. If you really want to splash out, resorts like the Wauwinet could be ideal, with their private beaches and luxury spa facilities.

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Shopping Streets

Nantucket Town is the shopping center of the island, and Main Street is the town's best shopping street. You might actually be surprised by how many luxury boutiques and chains have a presence on the island. On Main Street alone you'll find a Ralph Lauren outlet along with independent stores like Benji's Boutique and Nantucket Looms. There shouldn't be a problem finding gifts with such a wide selection.

Groceries and Other

One of the side effects of being such a small island is that food prices in Nantucket are almost always higher than the mainland, so you might want to stock up before you catch the ferry. If you do need to shop for essentials, head to supermarkets like Stop & Shop of Fresh, which sells upmarket groceries, but don't expect any bargains.

Where to Eat in Nantucket

If you love gourmet seafood, Nantucket is the place to be. The town is studded with incredible restaurants. Some of the most prestigious include Boarding House, which offers a traditional, "farm to table" experience, the Latin-American influenced Corazon del Mar and the Pearl, probably Nantucket's best seafood restaurant. Sayle’s Seafood is a great place to order a takeout lobster while if you just need a snack to keep you going, head to the Downyflake for delicious doughnuts.

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