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Navigating Nantucket   by Rick Lorenzen

A crash course and brief overview in traveling to Nantucket, MA

For travelers who seek coastal scenes, sandy beaches, sculpted cliffs, historic architecture, colonial atmosphere, fine dining and luxurious accomadations, Nantucket Massachusetts is the place to be.

Nantucket, MA is both a city and an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The island is home to some 10,000 resident's year around but in the summer months that number jumps to nearly 50,000 people! Tourists gather from all over the world to enjoy the beaches, bike riding, hiking, the historic and quaint downtown, the colonial buildings and architecture, the history, shopping, dining and relaxation.

You won't just be able to book a Nantucket MA hotel; first you'll need to arrange a way to get to the island. Nantucket, MA is 26 miles south of Cape Cod. You do have an option in getting to the island- by air or by sea. If you decide to fly you're best bet is from either New York or Boston. Boston's Logan Airport and New York's LaGuardia airport are the major gateways to Nantucket's Memorial Airport. From Boston it's a 50 minute flight and from New York City it's about an hour and 15 minutes to Nantucket. If it's by sea that you've decided, ferries and charters go to and from Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and the mainland. Ferries from Hyannis, on mainland Massachusetts, leave throughout the day and are fairly inexpensive when compared to flight costs. If you're planning on taking a car, there are ferry services available. The Nantucket Steamship Authority operates these ferries that allow cars. The Nantucket Steamship Authority also has parking lots on the mainland where you can keep your car while you are in Nantucket. Trips on these ferries take about 2 ¼ hours, while most of the high-speed passenger charters make the passage in an hour. If you're taking a car, make reservations as far in advance as possible. You're required to make a reservation and you want to be sure you can reserve the dates you're planning on making the trip. By making reservations early you ensure that you have a spot waiting for you and your car. Plan on arriving somewhere between 45 minutes to and hour prior to sailing time.

Whether you're looking for a Nantucket MA hotel, bed and breakfast or even campground, you'll be pleased to know there are many options to choose from. There are several historic landmarks that have been turned into Nantucket, MA hotels. Nantucket MA hotels aren't the only choice when it comes to accommodations. There are Nantucket motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, house and cottage rentals and luxurious accommodation offerings. Many cottages can put you right on the Nantucket beachside with scenic ocean views. Whatever you're looking for, Nantucket will have a place for your needs and budget.

Getting around the island shouldn't pose a problem as there are many ways to get where you need to go. Rental cars, bicycles, busses and taxis are your best choices for transportation. Mopeds can also be rented. There are even Jeep rentals, where with a beach sticker you can tour the Island and its many beaches from the comfort of a car. From May to October the city has a bus service called the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority which operates 9 busses and has 13 routes. Fares are a dollar or two depending on the route taken. There is one to and from the airport as well for convenience. Also offered are daily, multi-day passes, weekly and seasonal bus passes. It's economical and convenient for those who are staying for any extended time to purchase a bus pass.

Once you're settled into your Nantucket MA hotel or bed and breakfast, there is a lot you can do. Take a walk through historic downtown and experience colonial architecture and the quaint shops and cafés. Head to the beach for white sand beaches and blue skies. Take a bike ride around the island and tour the historic lighthouses that are on the island. There's also the Nantucket Yacht Club to check out. At night enjoy fine dining at one of more than a dozen places and enjoy live music or a performance at the local theatre. Enjoy outdoor recreation such as swimming or fishing. Or simply enjoy the peace and serenity and do nothing at all. If you're visiting at the right time of the year you can see the Nantucket Wine Festival.

So just remember to book your flight or ferry, reserve your Nantucket MA hotel or cottage and enjoy! There is no recipe for a good time on Nantucket MA, anything goes!

About the Author

Rick Lorenzen is a client account specialist for 10x Marketing. For more information on Nantucket visit Discover Nantucket

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