Twenty-six miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts lies the tiny island of Nantucket, one of the top yacht charter destinations in the world. Just 3.5 miles by 14 miles in size, the crescent-shaped island offers over 100 miles of pristine sandy beaches, all of which are accessible to the public.
Originally a booming whaling port, Nantucket, MA has been named a National Historic District and has architecturally changed little since the 17th century, as seaside cottages and old-fashioned lamps still line its streets.
At the harbor front, where the great whaling ships set out on their hazardous journeys to return years later - if at all - charter yachts now find safe harbor in one of the finest docking facilities in the world.
Inland on this idyllic "elbow of sand," the wild moors open to the endless sky. Nearly 40 percent of Nantucket is protected conservation land. Several areas and habitats, natural groups of plants and animals, are rare to this region and even the world.
Walk the wide sandy beaches, as beautiful as any in the world. Swim in the still, sparkling waters of Nantucket Sound to the north, or brave the mighty Atlantic along the island’s south shore. Let the pounding surf, and clean, salty air restore you. Take in the boutique shops, and explore the art galleries and museums. Celebrate Nantucket’s cultural offerings year-round with theatrical performances, music, art, film, and literature. Sign on for a guided tour of the island or pick up a picnic lunch and rent a bike, a good way of discovering Nantucket for yourself.
Sperm Whale Skeleton at the Nantucket Whaling Museum
Any yacht charter visit to Nantucket must include the Whaling Museum, located at 15 Broad Street.
Permanent exhibits include the skeleton of 46-foot male sperm whale, a significant collection of ceremonial implements and weapons and spears from South Seas islands, brought to Nantucket by early whale men, captain’s portraits, an impressive Scrimshaw Gallery, and a Decorative Arts Gallery.
The Jethro Coffin House, the oldest house on the island, was built in 1686. The Brant Point Lighthouse on Easton Road is the second oldest and one of the most frequently photographed lighthouses in America.
For more information, visit the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.