With over 100 miles of free, public sandy shores, Nantucket -- a Native American word meaning "land far out to sea" -- is basically one big beach. Consequently, the island's multiple shores, like Children's Beach (ideal for families) and Surfside Beach (a popular swimming and biking beach), are its main attractions. Read more
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The historic district, or the harbor area, is a great place for visitors who want to be close to shops and restaurants. (Most of the hotels and B&Bs are conveniently located in this area, anyway.) But for visitors seeking a remote, romantic getaway, a few hotels lie in Wauwinet and Siasconset, which are more distant locales.