Crescent-moon shaped Nantucket comprises 50 square miles including its main Town and several neighborhoods, such as the eastern shore’s renowned and popular Siasconset. Nantucket has no traffic lights and is rural in character. Nearly 50% of Nantucket is conservation land making it appealing for birders, hikers and walkers. There are more than two dozen gorgeous beaches, some facing the Atlantic and popular with surfers. The Town’s 800+ pre-Civil War structures are responsible for the entire island is a National Historic Landmark.
The island’s population is 14,255 residents (August 2021 estimate) however, during summer (particularly July and August), the population swells to 50-60,000. Nantucket’s mid-Atlantic climate is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the mainland. It is Massachusetts’ outpost in the Atlantic and that “apart-ness” endows the island with a unique mystique and charm which have enchanted visitors for generations.
Boating, beachcombing, fishing, kayaking/SUP, golf, hiking, cycling, shopping, off-road adventures, visiting the island’s brewery, vineyard and distillery, bird-watching, visiting museums and historic sites, shopping, art classes, theater, antiques shopping, photography, seagoing excursions, harbor and whale watching tours, culinary tours and dining, surfing, surfcasting, lighthouse excursions, cultural talks and walking tours, plein air painting, yoga are all popular pastimes.
Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce is the official visitor and travel trade portal for the island of Nantucket. Chamber staff is here to serve any request, provide travel information, outreaching to the media and travel trade domestically and internationally.
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Vineyard Haven is a community within the town of Tisbury, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard. It is listed as a census-designated place (CDP) by the U.S. Census Bureau with a population of 2,114 as of the 2010 census.The area was called "Nobnocket" by the Wampanoag people and was first referred to by the colonial settlers as "Homes Hole," "Homes" from a Wampanoag term for "old man" and "Hole" meaning a sheltered inlet. By the 19th century, it was more commonly spelled "Holmes Hole" after the descendants of John Holmes (1730–1812) who had settled in the village during the second half of the 18th century. The village officially changed its name to Vineyard Haven in 1871. The name Vineyard Haven technically refers only to one section of the town of Tisbury, but the names are used interchangeably and Vineyard Haven is commonly used as a title for the whole town. Vineyard Haven is the main port of entry to Martha's Vineyard and one of the three main population centers (with Edgartown and Oak Bluffs). The Steamship Authority wharf is located in Vineyard Haven where ferries arrive and depart year-round. (A second, seasonal wharf is located in neighboring Oak Bluffs.) The year-round population is only about 2,000 people, but that number increases tremendously in the summer.
Located seven miles of coast of Cape Cod, MA, the island of Martha's Vineyard, one of America's most renowned destinations, comprises 100 square miles with six small towns, each with its own distinctive personality.
Falmouth ( FAL-məth) is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States; Barnstable County is coextensive with Cape Cod. The population was 31,532 at the 2010 census, making Falmouth the second-largest municipality on Cape Cod after Barnstable. The terminal for the Steamship Authority ferries to Martha's Vineyard is located in the village of Woods Hole in Falmouth. Woods Hole also contains several scientific organizations such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the Woodwell Climate Research Center, NOAA's Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and the scientific institutions' various museums. For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Falmouth, please see the articles on East Falmouth, Falmouth Village, North Falmouth, Teaticket, West Falmouth, and Woods Hole. Falmouth also encompasses the villages of Hatchville and Waquoit, which are not census-designated places and fall within the village of East Falmouth based on postal service.