Thirty miles out to sea, the small island of Nantucket attracts vacationers from the world over. Nantucket vacation rental homes range from quaint, rose-covered cottages to classic captains’ homes to grand oceanfront estates. Whether you’re looking for a beach rental for the whole family or a romantic getaway for two, you will find it here.
Many Nantucket vacation rentals are within the town itself, or at least within a short walk or bike ride of downtown with its charming cobblestoned and gas lit main street, world class restaurants, and shops and art galleries. You can leave your car behind and walk everywhere, including to the beach. In-town homes include former sea captains’ homes that maintain the charm of an earlier era while providing today’s conveniences. Older, gray-shingled homes festooned with climbing roses add to the charm of area.
Overlooking the harbor, nearby Brant Point is one of the most photographed spots on the island. Beach rentals in this area have the luxury of being a pleasant walk to town as well as to Brant Point and Jetties beaches.
And then there’s the rest of the Island, with its 55 miles of broad, pristine beaches and all variety of summer homes that attract vacationers who want to spend their days swimming, surfing, fishing, and biking along the Island’s many paths. Tom Nevers, Surfside, Cisco, Dionis, and Madaket all popular vacation spots, with beach rental homes of all sizes. Madaket Beach, often voted one of the region’s best, is famous for its spectacular sunsets.
The inland areas of Nantucket offer a beauty all their own – lush vegetation, gently rolling heathlands, cranberry bogs, and salt marshes.
If you’re seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of town but still want to be within a short drive or bike ride away, the Nantucket vacation rentals in Mid-Island might fit the bill. There’s no need to go into town, as this area offers often less-crowded restaurants, retail shops, and markets.
The charming community of Naushop with its brick sidewalks, picket fences, and classic Nantucket architecture. Offers grocery stores, retail shopping, restaurants, community pool and tennis courts. The summer rental homes here are generally more affordable than those closer to the ocean, but the beaches are less than two miles away.
Seven miles east of town sits the laidback, picturesque little village of Siasconset, or ‘Sconset as it is commonly known. Formerly a haven for fishermen, Sconset still has some narrow lanes lined with tiny rose-covered cottages sitting side by side. But there are many larger summer rentals as well, many overlooking the ocean.
See our Guide to Nantucket and its vacation rentals