Not too far from Boston, Nantucket is a chocolate box island with beautiful beaches, a quaint town and excellent bike riding. The island is expensive, and I mean really expensive. America’s super rich vacation here, but on the south side of the island, just down the road from Surfside Beach is a quaint backpacker’s hostel which provides budget accommodation and an option for making your own meals. One, or more days can easily be spent lazing on one of the islands pristine beaches.
When in Nantucket, definitely rent a bike. A bike ride out to the village of Sconsett is beautiful, and the store is an amazing reward upon arrival with massive ice creams. I’d recommend taking Polpis Road out and if you feel you’d like a stop off along the way, there’s a cute Life Saving museum en-route. If you’re feeling tuckered out once in Sconsett and it’s summer season, you can catch the bus to take you back inland. There are bike racks on the front so you don’t have to abandon them either. If you have the energy to cycle back, go via Milestone Road and you can stop off at the Fairgrounds pub for a refreshing break.
Getting There and Away
One of the benefits of Nantucket is not needing a car. There are direct buses from Boston and New York to Hyannis, the ferry port on the mainland. You can pay a little more and catch the passenger-only hydrofoil, or save a little and go on the slower car ferry. Even the American’s who have cars tend to leave them in one of the parking lots on Cape Cod as it’s expensive and difficult to get a spot for a car on the ferry. Once on the island you have the option of the low cost public bus, renting a bike, or paying a bit more for a taxi. Distances are short as the island is small.