6 of the Best Martha’s Vineyard Beaches

Martha's Vineyard BeachesHere at Sandpiper Rentals, we know there are many reasons to visit Martha’s Vineyard and one of the top reasons to come to the island is to go to the beach. Martha’s Vineyard beaches are some of the best beaches in New England. Because of the nature of island life, you’ll find no shortage of opportunity to spend time on one or more of the amazing beaches in the area. Everyone has their favorite Martha’s Vineyard beaches, and really, they all have tons of charm. So, in no particular order, here are six of the best Martha’s Vineyard beaches. Make sure to visit at least one during your island getaway.

Menemsha Beach

Menemsha Beach is located in Chilmark next to Menemsha Harbor. The beach has lifeguards and restrooms and is popular with families. The waves are gentle and the water is clear. This is also one of the Martha’s Vineyard beaches described as a perfect place to see the sunset.

Aquinnah Beach/Moshup Beach

Aquinnah Beach, also known as Moshup Beach is one of the Martha’s Vineyard beaches that is more isolated and usually less crowded. Visitors to this beach will be rewarded with views of the  iconic clay Aquinnah Cliffs.

East Beach

A well-kept secret among Martha’s Vineyard Beaches, East Beach is a bit out of the way for some, but definitely worth the effort to visit. It’s ideal for those who want a more private beach experience and can enjoy a bit of solitude. Many people take bikes to this beach, or park their car near Dyke Bridge and walk out to the beach.

South Beach/Katama Beach

People often say that if you can only make it to one beach during your time on Martha’s Vineyard, you should head to South Beach. Also known as Katama Beach, this beach is a three-mile long barrier strand that has nice waves, picturesque dunes, and plenty of places to park. It’s also accessible by bike path and by shuttle.

Lobsterville Beach

Though this is one of the Martha’s Vineyard beaches where parking is for residents only, you can still access the beach if you take a bike ride to or from Aquinnah, where the beach is located. The calm, shallow waters are good for children and those who just want to enjoy gentle waves. Birders also like to frequent this beach as it’s a good place to spot terns and gulls that nest behind the dunes. It is located in Aquinnah on Menemsha Pond.

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach

This is one of the most popular beaches on Martha’s Vineyard and is located halfway between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. The mile long sandy beach is flanked by a paved bike path. It has views of Cape Cod and Nantucket Sound. The waves are warm, gentle, and perfect for swimming.  There is also a wooden bridge (also known as Second Bridge or Jaws Bridge) on the beach that is a local landmark that people have been jumping into the water from for years.

No matter which of these Martha’s Vineyard beaches you visit, you can stay in style when you choose Sandpiper Rentals for your vacation rental needs. Our luxurious properties are located all over the island so you can be near the beaches and other attractions you want to visit while you’re on Martha’s Vineyard.

Plan a Vineyard Tour

Vineyard ToursThe island of Martha’s Vineyard is a truly special place to visit. Many people come back summer after summer to enjoy this New England paradise. If you’re going on your first trip to the Vineyard or you just want to refamiliarize yourself with the different parts of the island, then we suggest taking a Vineyard tour. You can learn more about different towns on Martha’s Vineyard and what makes them unique and see important sights as an expert guides you along the way. So, this summer get to know this corner of the world with a Martha’s Vineyard tour.

Take a Martha’s Vineyard Tour

No matter which part of the island you want to explore, with these companies, you’ll find the perfect Vineyard tour.

  • Martha’s Vineyard Tours and Excursions: This Vineyard tour company has three types of tours to choose from. There is a one hour tour which takes you around the “down island” towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. You’ll get some insight into the Steamship Authority Ferries in the Vineyard Haven Harbor. Then see the iconic and beautiful gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff and learn a bit more about these campground cottages. In Edgartown, you’ll gain some knowledge about the town’s whaling history, view lighthouses, and admire the whaling captains homes and picture perfect town features. The two-hour tour includes the above and adds on the towns of West Tisbury, Chilmark, and the fishing village of Menemsha. The third tour is a tour which takes you throughout the entire island, including getting a view of the clay cliffs of Aquinnah. You can also create a custom tour that includes shopping, a visit to the Island Alpaca Farm, cuisine, horseback riding, fishing or any number of other ideas.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Tours and Transportation: There are a number of tours to choose from  at Martha’s Vineyard Tours and Transportation.  For an introduction to the island, try the one hour tour. You travel to Oak Bluffs to see the Victorian style gingerbread cottages and hear tales about the town’s history. Then you move on to Edgartown to see the picturesque whaling town and all of it’s homes and landmarks. The tow hour tour includes everything in the one hour tour and then extends to include West Tisbury and Chilmark. The Full Island tour takes you to all six towns on the island in three hours. This tour includes a special 30 minute stop at the clay cliffs of Aquinnah.  Customizable tours are also available and can be tailored to your specific interests, whether it be beaches or Vineyard Glassworks. Also, ask about their Jaws tour.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing: Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing has great Vineyard Tours. The tour visits four towns out of the six on the island. These towns are West Tisbury, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. There is a one and a half our stop in Edgartown for shopping. Your guide will point out the architectural points of interest and other facts about the towns you visit. Tours in the Summer leave at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Vineyard Fast Ferry: Climb aboard one of Vineyard Fast Ferry’s busses for a two and a half hour narrated journey through Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll enjoy the beautiful landscape and the unique history of the island as your tour progresses. This Vineyard tour takes you through all six towns and departs from Oak Bluffs. This is a very relaxing and informative tour.

Stay on Martha’s Vineyard

After you’ve gone on a Vineyard tour and discovered all the wonders of the island, you should have a stylish and comfortable place to head home to. Sandpiper Rentals has properties all over the island, so you can pick which area you’d like to stay in. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are perfect for relaxing in between activities, or lounging around on a lazy day. With amazing amenities and sought after locations, your Martha’s Vineyard vacation home will enhance your time on the island. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Where is Martha’s Vineyard and Why Should I Visit?

Where is Martha's VineyardMartha’s Vineyard has long been a popular getaway destination and for good reason. It has everything you could want in a vacation spot: beautiful beaches, scenic vistas, quaint towns, and delectable dining. But, if you’ve never been to the Vineyard before or you aren’t familiar with the area, you may be asking the question, “Where is Martha’s Vineyard?” Well, we here at Sandpiper Rentals are here to answer that question and give you some insight into why you should visit this amazing place.

Where is Martha’s Vineyard?

Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts, seven miles south of Cape Cod. It’s well known as a summer colony. The Vineyard measures about 100 square miles in area and is the third largest island on the East Coast of the United States. The island is only accessible by boat or air from the mainland. Though it is primarily known as a summer destination, with the population growing to almost 100,000 people during the season, the year-round population of the island has grown in recent years. The island includes Chappaquiddick, which is sometimes separated from the main island by storms, but is currently linked.

Places on Martha’s Vineyard

Now that you know the answer to the question, “Where is Martha’s Vineyard?” you may want to know a  bit more about the island. Martha’s Vineyard can be separated into six towns. Each town has its own unique atmosphere and features, but all of the towns boast that signature Martha’s Vineyard aesthetic and feeling that vacationers have come to love.

  • Tisbury: Located at the top of the island, most people come to Martha’s Vineyard through Tisbury or Oak Bluffs. Vineyard Haven is the main village in Tisbury.
  • Edgartown: Edgartown includes the island of Chappaquiddick as well as Katama. This is the largest town on the island and has a rich whaling history.
  • Oak Bluffs: Known for the gingerbread cottages and open harbor, Oak Bluffs has a reputation for having a vibrant nightlife.
  • West Tisbury: Martha’s Vineyard’s agricultural center, West Tisbury hosts the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair each year in August.
  • Chilmark: Chilmark is one the island’s more rural towns and has a beautiful hilly terrain.
  • Aquinnah: The westernmost town on the island, Aquinnah is home to the famous Gay Head Lighthouse and the Aquinnah Cliffs. This is the ancestral home of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head.

Staying on Martha’s Vineyard

Whatever your plans on Martha’s Vineyard entail, your time on the island will be enhanced by a stay at one of our gorgeous rental properties. We have rentals in Aquinnah, Chappaquiddick, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury. So, whether you want to be in the middle of the action in Downtown Edgartown or a bit more isolated in the secluded Aquinnah area, we have your needs covered.  With both new construction and splendidly kept classic houses, Sandpiper Rentals’ properties include features like open floor plan kitchens, luxurious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, decks perfect for sunning and taking in the sites, and even swimming pools. And with many properties being in waterfront locations, you’ll never be too far from all the fun that the Atlantic Ocean promises during the summer. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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