Travel & Accommodations
Each participant is responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Please keep in mind that Nantucket is one of the country’s most popular summer vacation destinations for families and travelers of all ages, so travel and housing reservations should be made as soon as possible. Best to book now!
Getting to the island:
While there are a variety of high-speed passenger ferry options, automobile reservations on the Steamship Authority Ferry need to be booked well in advance (Now!)
- Freedom Cruise Line High-speed ferry from Harwich Port, MA
- Hy-Line Cruises High-speed ferry from Hyannis, MA
- Seastreak High-speed ferry from New York City, NY, Highlands, NJ, and New Bedford, MA
- Steamship Authority High-speed and traditional car ferry from Hyannis, MA
By Air (Nantucket Memorial Airport)
If flying is most convenient for you, numerous commercial airlines now provide year-round or seasonal service to the island, including but not limited to:
Staying on the island:
We have secured a limited number of rooms at favorable rates at the Jared Coffin House* (1-800-ISLANDS), located in the very heart of town. Because August is Nantucket’s busiest month, our room block at Jared Coffin House is smaller than usual and we anticipate these rooms to go very quickly. Please be prepared to look into other lodging options, of which there are plenty: boutique hotels, charming inns, bed and breakfasts, and rental properties, including many affordable options through Airbnb and Vrbo. Please book sooner rather than later as we’ve found space is already filling up.
Jared Coffin House - For reservations, call 1-800-ISLANDS or (800) 475-2637 and identify yourself as being with Nantucket Retina Society if you wish to obtain our discounted room rates of $500/night at Jared Coffin or $675/night at the Boat Basin Cottages. To book online, visit this link: https://reservations.travelclick.com/110482?groupID=2712166 then enter your trip dates, and your personal information to finalize the reservation.
Please note: the reservation cutoff for our block of rooms is June 14, 2020.