Martha's Vineyard vs. Nantucket

New England
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July 2018
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By
Kalie
Walter

Two seaside towns that embody New England's quintessential beauty and charm go toe to toe. Who wins in the Martha's Vineyard vs Nantucket showdown?

Beaches

Martha's Vineyard

Carved by glaciers millions of years ago, the epic Aquinnah Cliffs line the half-mile stretch of pristine coastline that makes up Moshup Beach – a prime destination for sunning and swimming.

Nantucket

Protected by the Nantucket Sound, scenic Jetties Beach is just a mile from downtown Nantucket. For a mellow locale and rolling waves, Siasconset Beach offers a peaceful retreat.

Fishing

Martha's Vineyard

As evidenced by local fishermen frequently lining the jetties, the village of Menemsha is ideal for fishing including fluke, sea bass and scup.

Nantucket

Surf cast for the notorious Nantucket Blues a.k.a. bluefish especially from Great Point at sunset. Frequently referred to as the best in the world, Nantucket bluefish are some of the largest anywhere – ranging from 8 to 15 pounds.

Lighthouses

Martha's Vineyard

The first lighthouse constructed on Martha's Vineyard, Gay Head Lighthouse was built in 1799 and has since been restored from the original wooden structure to today's brick exterior.

Nantucket

Brant Point Light is America's second-oldest lighthouse, standing just 26 feet tall. On the island's northernmost point, Great Point Lighthouse aids mariners.

History

Martha's Vineyard

On the southeastern side of the island, the stately Edgartown village was the center for whaling activities between 1820 and 1865 with over 100 whaling captains living here.

Nantucket

Classified as the Whaling Capital of the World, Nantucket was once the headquarters for whalers for over a century starting in 1750. Today, visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum to observe the collection of whaling equipment, scrimshaw and artifacts.

Tying up your Boat

Martha's Vineyard

Accommodating vessels up to 200 feet, Vineyard Haven Marina offers concierge services for shoreside excursions including island tours and local restaurants.

Nantucket

With a full range of guest services, Nantucket Boat Basin is complete with pet-friendly accommodations and concierge services to assist in reservations, transportation and activities on the island.

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