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“Rent a jeep and live on the wild side!”

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #23 of 87 things to do in Nantucket
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Discover this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt marsh and tidal ponds, on 16 miles of trails and sand roads. We also offer guided over-sand vehicle tours of the refuge, as well as self guided standup paddleboard tours.
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Coskata-Coatue was a beautiful place! We rented a jeep from Affordable Rentals and had a beautiful May day to see the seals on the beach (from a distance!) and in the water, nesting birds, and Great Point Lighthouse. As long as we had the jeep rented for 24 hours, we also went to all of the beaches, and caught Quidnet Beach and Pocomo at sunrise-- both of which I would recommend!

Thank mooseltraveler
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Gorgeous. Couldn't get up to the lighthouse due to closure for nesting birds, but loved it all the same. Saw a few seals, a oyster catcher and it's newly hatched chick, fiddler crabs and the like. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We were debating on whether or not to do this tour because we had kids with us. Well the tour was magnificent, but the kids could have cared less. Very little information or details online about this tour, so we really had no idea what to expect. We adults enjoyed it, but the kids got easily bored after the first hour. The guided tour runs about 3 hours. It's a long, slow ride over sand, but the tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained. It helps that he's a native Nantucketer. We saw a lot of ospreys on their nests, oyster catchers, fiddler crabs, baby seagulls and seals. A beautiful journey through the outer reaches of Nantucket that are otherwise inaccessible. We had been thinking about renting a jeep ourselves to do this drive, but after doing the tour, i'm so thankful we did not. I'm sure we would have gotten stuck in that sand in no time. Play it safe, and take this tour. You won't be disappointed. Just leave the kids at home.

4  Thank tofufingers
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

What a beautiful drive. We rented a jeep from Affordable Rentals and took the drive out to the point. Was a lot of fun watching the seals play in the water and on the beach.

Thank Margie F
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

A decidedly great effort aiming at the preservation of the area as a natural habitat for the wildlife there, some like the Piping Plover an endangered species, others like the seagulls have a place to lay their eggs in peace, and finally the great lighthouse at the end of the lonf strip, which you can climb and see all of nantucket from it.

1  Thank jjtarqad
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