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See Nantucket, the Best Island in the World, with your Nantucket boat rental

Once heralded as the whaling capital of the world, today Nantucket Island has been bestowed by National Geographic as “The Best Island in the World.”

Nantucket is a trendy summer resort where picture-perfect beaches, chic boutiques, and beautiful houses still evoke the humility of its Quaker past. As Herman Melville famously wrote in Moby-Dick, Nantucket is “away off shore.”

When you’re not soaking up the sun on the beach or exploring the beauty of Nantucket’s famous lighthouses, enjoy a history lesson at the Whaling Museum, where a 46 foot sperm whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling.

Nantucket boat rental gets you to the best Beaches

Time to book your Nantucket boat rental to truly enjoy this area! Nantucket beaches are among the most beautiful and pristine in the world. The fragile environment of the island is largely protected, helping to conserve the perfect beauty of its shoreline.

North Shore Beaches

  • Jetties Beach is a great family-friendly spot with lifeguards, seasonal food service, changing rooms, and volleyball courts. The calm waters are perfect for swimming and the soft sands are perfect for sunbathing.
  • Dionis Beach is located on the western side of the north shore.  Sheltered by dunes, the waters are calm and safe for swimming.  Dionis Beach is also a popular spot for shell hunting.

South Shore Beaches

  • One of the most popular beaches on the island, Surfside Beach is easily accessible by bike or shuttle. Beach amenities include restrooms, lifeguards, food service, and bike racks.  
  • Cisco Beach is known for its strong surf; not surprisingly, it’s a popular hot-spot for surfers. Cisco Beach is located on the western side of the south shore, approximately 4 miles from town.  

Western & Eastern Shore Beaches

  • On the western shore you’ll find Madaket Beach, arguably the best beach on the island for watching stunning sunsets.
  • Located at the eastern tip of the island, Siasconset Beach is a secluded spot with heavy surf and strong currents. There are no facilities on the beach. Visit the charming village of Siasconset (called ‘Sconset by islanders), where you’ll find the ‘Sconset Café and the ‘Sconset Market.

Nantucket Lighthouses

No trip to Nantucket is complete without a visit to its iconic lighthouses. There are three lighthouses on the island, each with its own unique look and history. The lighthouses have weathered countless winters and evoke the majestic strength of the area’s waters, where shifting shoals and sandbars have caused over 700 shipwrecks in recorded history.

  • At just 26 feet tall, Brant Point Light on Brant Point offers a small wooden welcome to those who arrive on the island via ferry. Visitors are known to toss a penny into the sea as assurance that they will return.
  • At 70 feet tall, Sankaty Head Lighthouse derives its name from the Native American word “sankoty,” meaning highland. The lighthouse is not open to the public, but visitors are free to roam the surrounding area and enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the island’s moors.
  • At 60 feet tall, the Great Point Lighthouse sits at the northernmost point on the island. The grounds can be accessed by foot along a 7-mile walk in the sand.  You can also access the lighthouse by car, as four-wheel-drive vehicles bearing a beach permit are permitted on the sand.

Boating, Fishing & Guided Tours

Having fun on the water is a no-brainer in Nantucket Island! Whether you’re looking to embark on a seal or whale watching cruise, sail across the waters, rent a private yacht, or anything in between—it’s all within reach!  Boat charters offer a myriad of cruise options and sailing adventures, allowing you to witness spectacular sights along the waterways, while getting acquainted with Nantucket’s maritime history.

  • Seal & Whale Watching Tours

Witness seals in their natural habitat on a seal watching tour, or embark on a whale watching expedition where you’re guaranteed to see Humpback, Finback, and Minke Whales.

  • Historic & Sunset Tours

Relax and soak up some rays on a historic tour of Nantucket Harbor, or unwind after a fun-filled day on a beautiful sunset tour. Bring your favorite wine and snacks, and don’t forget to grab a blanket so you can snuggle on the deck.

  • Fishing Tours

Nantucket offers some of the finest fishing on the East coast. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler, charters and licensed captains providing local insights are available to help you ensure an unforgettable trip.

Set Sail with a Nantucket boat rental !

Boatsetter has fleets of boats and a variety of sailing options available to help you embark on your Nantucket getaway. Whether you’re looking for a fishing charter, a whale watching tour, or a scenic sunset cruise, Boatsetter has you covered. Reserve today, then pack your swimsuit and get ready to experience all that Nantucket has to offer!

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