Thursday, June 24, 2010

Favorite Martha's Vineyard Beaches

Beaches are one of the popular attractions on Martha’s Vineyard.  Some of our favorites: 
  1. State Beach – Great for little kids, small waves, very little undertow.  The five mile stretch along Beach road between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs  features usually calm water, sand bars, lots of  free parking, and a snack bar/truck with yummy frozen lemonade. There are lifeguards on duty and nice picnic benches at the part of the beach called the "bend in the road" at the Edgartown end.
  2. South BeachBeautiful Beach at the end of Herring Creek Road or Katama Road. It features large waves, some undertow. Free Parking 
  3. Fuller Street Beach- Just at the very end of Fuller Street in Edgartown. This is a long stretch with mostly calm water. This beach tends to be less busy since there is little parking. Bike racks are available.
  4. Long Beach – In West Tisbury , on the south shore.  A nice beach with a small lake.  Great for young and older kids.  The lake has no waves and the beach great waves and you can access both from the same spot on the beach.  Cost for entry.
  5. Aquinnah (formerly called Gay Head – fabulous cliffs of red clay.  A small part of the beach is "clothing optional", however other sections are clothed.  Cost for parking
  6. Menemsha – In Aquinnah.  A small but nice beach in a quaint fishing village (this was actually one of the sights the movie JAWS was filmed).  Also, since the beach faces west, a local ritual has visitors coming to view the sunset each evening…it’s one of the few sunsets you’ll see over water from an East Coast location.  Many also come with picnics or stop by Chilmark General Store along the way for their famous pizza.  Free but limited parking.
As always, we ask that you respect our magical island and take all of your belongings and trash with you when you leave the beach so they may be enjoyed by all!

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