Madaket, Nantucket, MA, USA

Madaket, Nantucket, MA, USA

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Get away from it all in Madaket

Located just off Nantucket's unspoiled southwest coast, the fishing and farming community of Madaket is an alluring option for vacationers in search of a tranquil New England getaway. This small but perfectly formed village boasts a charmingly old-school general store, a much-loved independent restaurant serving hearty home-cooked fare and direct access to an expansive beach, which happens to be one of the best spots on the island for marveling at spectacular summer sunsets. Madaket vacation rentals range from beautifully renovated fisherman's cottages to modern family-size summer houses, so you're bound to find something that's just right for you.

Get the adrenalin flowing in Madaket

Many visitors to Madaket are perfectly content to while away their days lounging around on soft, white sands, taking aimless strolls along the oceanfront and feasting on freshly caught local seafood. But those of a more active disposition are equally well catered for. Nantucket is a joy to explore by bicycle, with over 30 miles of pristine bike paths to race along. The island's crashing waves are a dream for surfers, with long-established surf schools offering expert tuition for all ages and abilities. Or perhaps you'd rather try your hand at adrenalin-pumping pursuits like wakeboarding, kitesurfing or parasailing.

Immersive local history lessons around Madaket

Within easy reach of your Madaket vacation rental you'll find an array of attractions to captivate the whole family. If you're hankering to learn about the island's seafaring history, make a beeline for the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Housed in a restored 19th-century candle factory, its enthralling exhibits include the complete skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale, and a presentation about the ill-fated Essex whaleship, which inspired the classic novel Moby Dick. The Jethro Coffin House is another must see. Built in 1686 and restored in the 1920s, this National Historic Landmark is the only surviving building from the island's initial English settlement.

Sunny summer days in Madaket

Nantucket is at its loveliest between June and August, when days are long and the weather is generally warm and sunny. Naturally, Madaket vacation rentals are in high demand during peak season, so be sure to book well in advance if you're planning a high summer getaway. May and September are also great months to visit, with agreeably mild weather and fewer out-of-towners competing for a spot on the beach. Winters, by contrast, usually bring sub-zero temperatures and a little snow.

Animal encounters in Madaket

Madaket and its surrounding waters are home to all manner of mesmerizing creatures. For an unforgettable family day out, join a boat trip in search of local marine life. The star attractions are the magnificent finback, humpback and minke whales, but you might catch sight of sleek dolphins, stately sea turtles or impossibly cute seals over the course of your voyage. Nantucket is also a haven for birdwatchers, with 100s of species making their home here, including brilliant-white snowy egrets, majestic osprey and stealthy Cooper's hawks.