Nantucket is a charming whaling island town located approximately 50 kilometers (30 miles) off the southeastern Massachusetts coast. It is accessible by ferry and by plane. The narrow, cobblestone streets and old Quaker-style homes contribute to the quaint, old-time flavor. The town is great for walking. To experience other areas of the island, bicycles and mopeds are the preferred transportation.
Martha’s Vineyard, another island, like Nantucket, off the southeastern Massachusetts coast, is larger and also closer to the coast and, thus, more accessible than its neighbor. There are six towns on the island, connected via roads and an island bus system available from mid-May to mid-October. There are ferries to the island which can accommodate cars, however, the majority of tourists get around by foot, bus, or bicycle. Numerous beaches on the island offer opportunities for water sports. The movie, “Jaws” made the island’s beaches famous, but there is little or no danger of a repeat attack!.