This Massachusetts island was named one of the best in the U.S.

18cheapnantucket- The best things on Nantucket are truly free--like the views. Shown here, the approach to Brant Point. (William DeSousa-Mauk)
Brant Point Light on Nantucket. –William DeSousa-Mauk

Conde Nast Traveler readers have confirmed what locals already know: Flock to Nantucket for its shingle-style homes, cobblestone streets, many public beaches, and surprisingly robust restaurant scene.

The Massachusetts island ranked No. 4 among the best islands in the U.S. in the travel magazine’s 30th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Eleven islands made the list, with two islands in Georgia listed at No. 6, and the No. 1 spot going to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Of Nantucket, CNT wrote, “Once the whaling capital of the world, this prim little island off the coast of Cape Cod leverages its seafaring past to entice lovers of clapboard cottages and striped sailor shirts. A perfect meal here might be a lobster roll downed with a can of beer from the island’s own Cisco Brewers, or whatever’s the fresh catch of the day.”


Editors recommended that visitors rent a moped and explore the rose-covered cottages in Siasconset. They also named Murray’s Toggery Shop on Main Street as an excellent place to buy something in “Nantucket Red, the island’s official color.”

Editors compiled the readers’ choice lists based on the results of an online survey available to CNT readers between April 1 and July 1, 2017. The survey contained more than 30,000 listings of hotels, resorts, islands, airports, cities, and cruise ships. More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments, according to the publication.