Seclusion is a word we are all very familiar with as of late. But what if you could seclude yourself on a place called the “faraway island?” Isolation doesn’t have to be tedious or boring. Instead, it could be refreshing and serene. Tucked away off the coast of Cape Cod is an island known for its previous moniker as the whaling capital of the world. Nantucket Island feels like an entirely different world, with views and buildings one might only find on a postcard. Start your island experience and transport yourself to Nantucket.
The English settled in Nantucket during 1659 when the deed for the island was sold to a group of investors. After that, fishermen and merchants slowly began to populate the island, and many families found there today can be traced back to those founding members. In 1835, the whaling industry started to boom with many seamen hunting the gray whale for trade with England. Herman Melville even took inspiration from Nantucket for his famous novel, Moby-Dick.
In present times, Nantucket is one of the most sought-after summer destinations for wealthy patrons. Labeled the “Best Island in the World” by National Geographic, the 50-square mile island is a designated National Historic Landmark with an idyllic Main Street, cobblestone streets, and quaint shops. Almost half of Nantucket’s 30,000 acres have been preserved under the protective stewardship of the Land Bank and Conservation Foundation, which means there are plenty of beautiful beaches and footpaths for a fantastic island experience.
Plan Your Perfect Island Vacation
Despite its small size, Nantucket has the second-busiest commercial airport in Massachusetts. With easy access to local and major airlines, traveling to Nantucket is available year-round with transportation by plane, train, bus, and ferry. Hy-Line Cruises and Steamship Authority are two trustworthy ferry lines that offer year-round service from Nantucket to the mainland. With only two-and-a-half-hour travel time, ferries provide quick transportation to and from the island. Once on the island, Nantucket Regional Transit Authority is a year-round shuttle bus service with routes all over the island. Furthermore, Beyond Times Square offers a luxury pickup service from NYC or Boston to Nantucket by helicopter.
When it comes to dining on Nantucket, there are plenty of eateries that will satisfy any island experience. From family-friendly restaurants to bars and pubs, the island might be small, but it’s big on flavor. Bakeries and cafes boast homemade muffins, pies, cupcakes, and other specialty items. And let’s not forget one of the most important food items for any island experience: ice cream.
Summer Activities on the Island
The best part of summer is getting outside and spending time in the sun. Nantucket has over 80 miles of beautiful beaches open to the public, with areas suitable for all kinds of swimmers. The calm waters of Children’s, Jetties and Surfside are perfect for families, Cisco is ideal for surfers, and Miacomet is a great place to watch the sunset.
With relatively smooth terrain, the island is perfect for biking and hiking. It has over 32 miles of paths that cover the island, and local bike shops will provide everything you need for a safe and fun bike excursion. Most of the island is protected by conservation, which allows wildlife to flourish. There are multiple trails and acres of hiking for those that want to get out into nature.
Nantucket has strong ties to maritime, with the history of the island wound tight in fishing. Rent a boat or take a cocktail cruise around the island. If you’re a practiced angler or even a novice, fishing off the island is a great time to relax and catch something big. If you want to get out on the water, try a two-hour whale watching tour that is sure to take your breath away.
If staying on land is more your speed, there is a thriving art culture that deals in wood carvings, oil painting, sculptures, and textiles. Additionally, the island has a colorful performing arts community that produces several theatrical works per year.
Beyond Times Square offers a guaranteed stress-free experience for travel to all our destinations. We ensure that all vehicles are sanitized, including helicopters, private yachts, cars, and private cruises on a daily basis. Additionally, all tour guides, drivers, pilots, crew members, and staff strictly adhere to the CDC’s Prevention Guideline. We would be more than happy to aid in arranging short or long trips at all our destinations. Be picked up in sanitized vehicles of your choice, stay at sanitized hotel rooms, tour local attractions with guides, and enjoy local dining spots during an island experience.