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Beaches – Martha’s Vineyard

Picture of South Beach at Katama, Edgartown, MA

South Beach - Edgartown, MA

There are numerous public beaches on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. Following are the Vineyard’s beaches available for your swimming and sunbathing pleasure:

Aquinnah Beaches

  • Lobsterville Beach – Lobsterville Beach is a two mile beach facing Vineyard Sound. The surf is calm. The beach is located on Lobsterville Road and parking is very limited.
  • Moshup Beach – Moshup Beach is owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank. It is near the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah. There is a fee for parking.
  • West Basin Beach – West Basin Beach is at the end of Lobsterville Road also facing Vineyard Sound. Waves here are also small. Parking is limited.

Chilmark Beaches

  • Chilmark Pond Preserve – Chilmark Pond Preserve is owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank located off of South Road. In addition to the pond, there is a small south shore ocean beach. Access to the beach is by canoe or kayak. Parking is very limited.
  • Great Rock Bight Preserve – Great Rock Bight Preserve is also owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank. Located off of North road, the preserve has a 1,300 foot beach on Vineyard Sound.
  • Menemsha Public Beach – Menemsha Public Beach is located next to Menemsha Harbor. This is a popular family beach with lifeguards on duty in season. Menemsha Public Beach is arguably one of the best places on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard to watch the sun set. There is a parking lot at the beach.

Edgartown Beaches

  • Bend-in-the-Road Beach – Bend-in-the-Road Beach is part of the Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach. It has calm shallow water and lifeguards on duty making it a very popular family beach. There is roadside parking and it is across from the bike path that runs from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.
  • Chappy Point – There are two beaches at Chappy Point, one facing Edgartown’s inner harbor, and the other facing the outer harbor. A short couple of minute ferry ride is required to get over to the beaches on Chappaquiddick Island. Because of harbor traffic, the beaches are not suitable for swimming.
  • East Beach – East Beach is on the Island of Chappaquiddick. Managed by the Trustees of Reservations, East Beach is a beautiful beach popular with swimmers, sunbathers, and fisherman. Because of its location on Chappaquiddick, it is never very crowded. There is a small fee for walkovers. An over-sand vehicle permit is necessary to access the beach in a four wheel drive vehicle. There can be strong waves and undertow.
  • Lighthouse and Fuller Street Beach – Easily accessible from either North Water Street or Fuller Street, this beach provides calm water and an excellent view of Edgartown Lighthouse and Edgartown Harbor. There is limited street parking.
  • South Beach – South Beach, also referred to as Katama, is one of the most popular beaches on the Island. There is a parking area and street parking. The Beach itself is a long beach that can have strong waves and undertow. There are a couple of volley ball nets, and porta-potty facilities. In season there are lifeguards on duty. South Beach can be reached by car or bike path.
  • Wasque Point – Wasque Point is another beach managed by the Trustees of Reservations on Chappaquiddick Island. The swimming at the point, known as Wasque Rip, is very dangerous but makes for a great fishing spot. There is a beach on the south side accessible by boardwalk. A small fee applies, and again over-sand vehicles passes are needed for anyone who wants to drive out onto the beaches.

Oak Bluffs Beaches

  • Eastville Point Beach – Eastville Beach is on Beach Road just on the Oak Bluffs side of the drawbridge. The beach offers a great view of Vineyard Haven Harbor. The waves are calm. The beach is a bit rocky but can be an excellent place to look for sea glass.
  • Oak Bluffs Town Beach – The Oak Bluffs Town Beach is a narrow beach that extends from the Steamship Authority dock to he end of Waban Park. It is a popular beach with calm waves that is easily accessible to downtown Oak Bluffs. Lifeguards are on duty at the Waban Park end of the beach. Roadside parking is available.
  • Picture of State Beach, Oak Bluffs, MA

    State Beach, Oak Bluffs, MA

    Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach – It is a tossup whether the Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach or South Beach are the most popular beaches on the island. Because State Beach has calm waves, it tends to be much more popular with families with small children. The beach is located between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown on Beach Road. There are no lifeguards. Roadside parking is available but fills up fast on nice summer days.

  • Marinelli Beach (or just Jetty Beach): This is small beach is on Nantucket Sound adjacent to the channel into Oak Bluffs Harbor. There is limited parking and access is via a foot trail through the East Chop Beach Club property.

Tisbury / Vineyard Haven Beaches

  • Lake Tashmoo Beach – Lake Tashmoo is located at the end of the dirt Herring Creek Road on Herring Creek. You can swim either on the Vineyard Sound where there is a lifeguard, or on the lake side. The waves are small. Parking is limited. The jetty is a popular fishing spot, and clamming is available in the Lake but a permit is needed.
  • Owen Park Beach – Easily accessible to downtown Vineyard Haven located between Owen Park and the Steamship Authority dock, Owen Park Beach is right on Vineyard Haven Harbor. It has small waves and a lifeguard. Limited parking is available at Owen Park.
  • Tisbury Town Beach – Tisbury Town Beach, also known as Owen Little Way Beach, is a small beach located at the end of Owen Little Way next to the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. Similar to Owen Park Beach, Tisbury Town Beach has small waves and a lifeguard on duty in season.

West Tisbury Beaches

  • Long Point Beach – Long Point Beach is owned by the Trustees of Reservations. This south shore beach is just east of Tisbury Great Pond. There is both fresh and salt water swimming. There is a fee for parking and parking is very limited.
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