Nantucket is an island located 48 kilometres off the coast of Cape Cod in New England. With beautiful beaches, ideal weather, and quaint surroundings, it's no wonder that thousands flock here for vacation. Skyscanner makes it easy for travellers to reserve the perfect rental car in Nantucket and then enjoy the relaxing seaside settings in a vehicle that meets all their needs.
Arriving on Nantucket and Car Rental Options
Nantucket is accessible by ferry, plane, or private jet. The Steamship Authority Ferry, Hy-Line Ferry, Nantucket Island Ferry, and Seastreak Ferry arrive at the Steamboat and Straight Wharfs off Nantucket's coast. Most ferries arrive from Hyannis, a seaside village on Cape Cod.
Guests arriving by air will fly into Nantucket Memorial Airport. Upon arrival, travellers can pick up a rental car at Hertz, Nantucket Windmill Auto Rental, or Nantucket Island Rent-A-Car, all of which are inside the airport. Bicycles and other vehicles are available at rental agencies near the harbor — Affordable Rentals and Young's Bicycle Shop.
Driving Around Nantucket
Life slows down on Nantucket, as does the speed limit. The top speed limit on the island is 45 mph, or 72 kph, but residents have a slogan, "Twenty is plenty"— miles per hour, that is.
Aside from heavy traffic during the summer, getting around Nantucket is easy. Detailed maps, ample signage, and even Downtown Island Ambassadors can help visitors get to their destination. To explore downtown, visitors can park in the free Town Lot on Washington Street. It is wise to get there early because spaces fill up fast. National Grid also provides valet parking, accessible on the corner of Candle and Commercial Streets.
Some friendly driving customs include waving to passersby and using the horn only in emergencies. Visitors should always keep in mind that if they see ducks crossing the road, the ducks have the right-of-way.
Things to Do in Nantucket
Nantucket offers beaches, sightseeing, incredible dining, and shopping all nestled in a picturesque New England town. Spend the day at Jetties Beach, and then cap off the evening watching the sun set at Brant Point lighthouse.
Kick off an early morning at Handlebar Café, then venture out to Sconset, a quaint old fishing village on the east end of the island. It's a must-see destination adorned with rose-covered cottages and impressive beachfront estates. Visitors here will want to take in the beachfront, visit the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, and stroll along Sconset Bluff Walk. There are restaurants, golf courses, a market, and two seaside inns.
Just kilometres from downtown, people can sample wine and beer at Cisco Brewers. Public tours and tastings last from late May through December. For those with an adventurous spirit, Shearwater Excursions offers seal- and whale-watching trips that last anywhere from two to six hours. For a classic Nantucket experience, the Wauwinet coastal retreat offers quintessential Nantucket hospitality. For a little history, people can explore the Whaling Museum downtown and tour the hundreds of historic homes.
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