Nantucket Insider Guide

Wind Forecast

Just how fast is the wind blowing today?  Use the Windalert meter named “Nantucket Harbor” for a live reading. Two years ago, Next Level Watersports worked with Weatherflow to install the system and it has been collecting valuable data since.

Pro Tip: The meter will read a few MPH lower than what's actually blowing out there if the direction shows the wind coming from the SW!


Our Riding Spot

Please refer to this guide to ‘Kiteboarding on Nantucket Page'


    How to Get Here  

    Getting to Nantucket can be tricky, especially in the heat of summer (but we promise it is worth it!). Try to lock in your travel as far ahead of time as possible. Below are the resources to help you get to the island most efficiently. Located 30 miles offshore, there are two ways to get to the island: sea and air. 


    By Plane

    It’s fastest and easiest to fly directly into the Nantucket Airport (ACK), with flights offered both on a seasonal and year-round basis.

    Cape Air/Nantucket Air flies year-round from Boston (BOS), Hyannis (HYA), New Bedford (EWB), and Martha's Vineyard (MVY). Seasonal service is available to Westchester County (HPN).
    Rectrix Shuttle: year-round service to Hyannis (HYA) and New York City (LGA). 
    Jet Blue: seasonal flights from Boston (BOS), Washington, DC (DCA), and New York City (JFK)
    United: seasonal service from Newark (EWR)
    American Airlines: seasonal flights from Charlotte (CLT), New York City (LGA), Washington, DC (DCA)
    Delta: seasonal service to New York City (LGA) 
    Southern Airways Express: year-round flights to Norwood (OWD), Providence (PVD), and New Haven (HVN)
    Tradewind Aviation: seasonal service to White Plains (HPN) and Teterboro (TEB)

      Several companies also offer private, charter flights to Nantucket. We'd be happy to provide recommendations if you are interested in this option.   


      By Boat

      Another popular option for traveling to and from the island is by ferry. 

      Steamship Authority runs year-round from Hyannis to Nantucket. They offer both a high-speed, passenger-only boat (takes about one hour), as well as the traditional car-and-passenger ferry (a little over two hour ride).
      Hy-Line Cruises runs one hour high-speed passenger ferries from Hyannis throughout the year. The Hy-Line also provides a seasonal ferry option between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
      Seasonal, high-speed passenger options are also available via Freedom Cruise Line from Harwich Port, and Seastreak from New Bedford, New York City, and Highland. 


        Where to Stay


        Downtown is the heart of the island, closest to the restaurants, stores, and nightlife. The historic cobblestoned streets are only steps away from pristine beaches, bike paths, and historic landmarks. Don’t want to have to deal with a car? Stay in Nantucket Town.

        Looking for privacy and to get away? Sconset is where you should stay. A 17th century fishing village, it is located on the eastern end of the island and Located far and about a 15 minute drive or a 40-45 minute bike ride from town. Be sure not to miss the Bluff Walk and the addicting Sconset Market cookies

        Pocomo is the closest spot to where the windsports happen on the harbor!

        If we are honest, the South Shore is where the best waves are! These are great beaches for hanging out with the family or just getting wet in the water. Within the South Shore, you can stay in Nobadeer, Cisco, Madaket, Tom Nevers, Surfside, and Miacomet. 

        Steps Beach is a perfect beach for families with small children as there are no waves on the north shore. If it's indy there will be wind chop. 


        A Few Lodging Options


        Hotel Name







        (508) 228-4423


        White Elephant


        (508) 228-2500




        (508) 228-0145


        The Veranda House


        (508) 228-0695


        Jared Coffin House


        (508) 228-2400


        Nantucket Inn


        (508) 228-6900


        76 Main


        (508) 228-2533


        21 Board


        (508) 228-4749


        The Beach Side at Nantucket


        (508) 228-2241






        Great Point Properties


        (508) 228-2266



        Getting Around

        There are several ways to explore all the Grey Lady has to offer. Rental companies are available for both bikes, cars, and mopeds, as well as the island shuttle and cabs to help get you around. 


        Young's Bicycle Shop
        Cook's Cycle Shop
        Nantucket Bike Paths
        Easy Riders
        Nantucket Bike Shop


        Windmill Auto Rental
        Affordable Rentals
        Young's Bicycle Shop
        Nantucket Island Rent-A-Car


          The Wave


          Best Places to Eat on Nantucket

          Claudette’s breakfast sandwiches + walk to lighthouse
          Island Kitchen – our favorite place to get breakfast
          Downyflake – best donuts on island + diner
          Black Eyed Susan’s – in town. be sure you don't miss the Pennsylvania Dutch cakes! 

          Provisions – Turkey Terrific sandwich is famous
          Fresh – we love the Caprese
          Sayle’s Seafood – fresh fish sandwiches, not too far of a walk from town
          Cisco brewery food trucks an beer – really good options – a must got. There is a free bus you can take from town
          Something Natural - bakery and sandwich shop, known for it's breads and huge sandwiches

          Oran Mor – romantic dinner spot
          Lola Burger – good burgers + lots of options
          Black Eyed Susan’s – also does a great dinner and it is bring your own wine
          Ventuno – great Italian
          Sandbar at Jetties – casual dining + good sunset spot

          Dessert & Sweets
          Juice Bar – best Ice cream + smoothies + juices
          Sweet Inspirations - artisan chocolates and home of the cranberry creation 
          Wicked Island Bakery - morning buns. that's all we have to say.



          Stop and Shop - Groceries both Downtown and Mid-Island
          Hatch’s Package Store - This is typically the cheapest place to get beer and liquor on the island
          Nantucket Wine and Spirits - This is attached to the Stop and Shop mid island
          Murry’s Beverage Store - Located downtown
          Marine Home Center – Nuts, Bolts, Screws, this is the Ace hardware of the island
          Brant Point Marine – Boat parts and cleaning supplies
          Glyn’s Marine – Engine work
          Force 5 Watersports – Wetsuits and clothes
          Indian Summer Surf Shop – Surfboards, wetsuits and clothes
          Computer Solutions – Get your iPhone or computer fixed here; various computer supplies available as well
          Shipping - Need to send a package off island? FedExUPS, and USPS services are available.


          Activities - What to do (when you are not kiting on Nantucket!)

          Drinks at Cisco Brewery + listen to music
          Drive out to Great Point with your 4x4 for a picnic + sunset
          Dinner at Millie’s – Have to go at Sunset
          Dinner at Nautilus – Really good cocktails
          Altar Rock – Take your 4x4 to the highest point on the island and enjoy the view 
          Whaling Museum – Great rainy day activity
          Nantucket Culinary – Sign up for a cooking class
          Loines Observatory
          Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum
          Nantucket Walking Tours
          Town + historical whaling
          All around the island with bus
          Walk to Brant Point Lighthouse and watch the sunset
          Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
          Bartlett’s Farm Check out the market's fresh veggies, pies, flowers + more
          Catch a movie at the Dreamland
          Play a round of golf at MiacometSiasconset Golf Course, or Nantucket Golf Club
          Take a surf lesson with Nantucket Island Surf school or ACK Surf School
          Check out the Surf Gear at Nantucket Surf CoIndian Summer, and Force Five Watersports
          Go off-roading! Rent a 4x4 Jeep from Young's Bicycle Shop and drive out the beach to Great Point or ride through the dirt trails in the Moors.
          Rent a paddle board or kayak from Sea Nantucket Paddle Sports and cruise around the harbor.

            Looking for more Nantucket intel? Check out some of the best activities on island100 Things to Do on Nantucket, and some of the Must Sees!