Activities - Beaches


East Beach

Located on Chappaquiddick Island, owned and administered by the Trustees of Reservations. Remote and beautifully untamed, East Beach is ideal for swimming, birdwatching, fishing and hiking along the beach or adjacent sand barrens. The wide expanse of beach offers an unrestricted view to the open Atlantic. There are public restrooms as well as picnic tables and bike rack. A fresh water hand-pump and soda machine at Wasque Gatehouse are also available. Free parking lot for 20 cars located on town-side of Dike Bridge. Additional parking for 15 cars is located at Mytoi Gardens on the left side of Dike Road. Limited handicapped-accessiblity, call 508.627.3599 for details. Open to all. May 30 to Oct. 15: Trustees members and children: free. Nonmembers: Adult $3, Child (15 & under) free. Balance of year: Free to pedestrians; $3 vehicle fee. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Address: Dike Road, Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508.627.7689
Email: capepoge@ttor.org

East Beach Martha's Vineyard

Joseph Sylvia State Beach


Clear, mild public beach along Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. It is easily accessible from the bike path which runs along its length. On a clear day, Cape Poge in Edgartown can be seen in the distance to your right and an outline of the Cape can be seen from certain vantage points. Cars may park along the beach front, keeping all tires on the pavement. The beach is mostly sandy though a line of pebbles and shells can be found at the high tide mark. Beach grass and rosa rogusa flourish along the perimeter. There are public changing rooms on the Oak Bluffs end of the beach, a lemonade stand is usually parked at the bridge over the inflow to Sengekontacket. On the far side of the Oak Bluffs/Edgartown town line the beach continues as simply as State Beach and includes Bend in the Road beach as it nears Edgartown.

Address: 180 Beach Road, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-696-3840


Seths Pond


Seths Pond is located near the upper end of Lamberts Cove Road in West Tisbury and can be reached by the VTA bus. It is a small pond with limited space to sit; however it is a favorite among young children and families because of the shallow and warm waters. There is a limited amount of road side parking that will fit approximately five to ten cars at a time. There are no public restrooms or other accommodations.

Address: 418 Lamberts Cove Road, West Tisbury, MA
Tel: 508-696-0147


Gay Head Beach

Gay Head Beach, commonly known as Moshup Beach after the ancient Wampanoag legend, is a public beach that extends from Philbin Beach to just before the Cliffs. There is a fifteen dollar parking fee throughout the summer months and the beach is just a ten minute walk along a sandy trail from there. Popular among the surfing community, Gay Head Beach is a destination for locals and visitors alike and offers magnificent views of the Cliffs. In the past, beach-goers were permitted to climb the Cliffs and take clay from their base. Now however, in order to preserve them by preventing further erosion, this is now prohibited. Gay Head Beach is located just off of Moshup Trail in Aquinnah. Farther down the beach there is a section that allows nude sunbathing and swimming; it is one of Martha’s Vineyard only nude beaches. There are public restrooms for beach-goers located near the entrance.

Address: Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA
Tel: 508-645-2304


Lambert’s Cove Beach


Lambert’s Cove Beach is located approximately half way down Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury and can be reached by the VTA bus. The beach is only open to residents of West Tisbury; a parking sticker and walk-on pass are required. There is a small parking lot of 20+ spaces as well as plenty of available parking along the side of the road. The beach is a five minute walk from the parking lot down a wooded trail. With lifeguards on duty, the finest sand, and clearest waters on the North Shore, Lambert’s Cove Beach is the perfect destination for families as well as people looking for a relaxed atmosphere. There are no public restrooms or amenities; dogs are prohibited.

Address: 285 Lamberts Cove Road, West Tisbury, MA
Tel: 508-696-0147

Lambert's Cove Martha's Vineyard

Tisbury Town Beach

End of Owen Little Way, next to the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Open to all. Tiny beach tucked in among the homes along Upper Main Street and heading toward West Chop. The beach is sandy though it turns pebbly near the tide line. There are no public restrooms or amenities. Please park responsibly on the side streets.

Address: Owen Little Way, Vineyard Haven, MA
Tel: (508) 696-4220


Fuller Street Beach

Fuller Street Beach is a public beach in Edgartown. The beach loops around and connects to teh Edgartown lighthouse overlooking Chappaquiddick Island. There are5+ parking spaces. The beach can be rocky along the shoreline. There are no public restrooms or amenities.

Address: 90 Fuller Street, Edgartown, MA


South Beach

Possibly Martha’s Vineyard’s most popular and well-known beach. Three miles of barrier beach on the South Shore at the end of Katama Road. Surf on one side, protected salt-pond on the other. Open to all. Vehicles with permits allowed on marked trails. Lifeguards as well as restrooms and changing facilities. Free Parking area can accommodate about 30 vehicles. Close to bike path and served by VTA bus from Church Street bus terminus, downtown Edgartown.

Address: Atlantic Drive, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-6145

South Beach Martha's Vineyard

Menemsha Beach

Menemsha Beach is Chilmark’s public beach, located in Menemsha’s downtown, on Basin Road right off of North Road. A fairly large parking lot is located where the beach sand ends. The beach itself has calm, clear waters. The shoreline can be rocky. There is a shallow inlet, near the harbor side, perfect for children to catch crabs and other sea creatures. Right next to Menemsha harbor, beachgoers can stroll the fishing dock and watch boats coming in and out. With its convenient location, Menemsha Beach is no more than a five minute walk from the town’s stores and restaurants. The beach also provides public restrooms as well as showers.

Address: Basin Road, Chilmark, MA
Tel: 508-645-2100 ext. 2133

Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard

Owen Park Beach

Located at the foot of Owen Park off of Upper Main Street in Vineyard Haven. There is parking available for about 20 cars and a small playground for children. The Park’s gazebo hosts the Vineyard Haven Band Concerts on alternating Sundays. Being in the harbor, water is calm and the waves negligible. In the summer an endless procession of sailboats, pleasure boats, yachts, historic tall ships pass they travel in and out of Vineyard Haven Harbor. The beach is mostly sandy though it turns pebbly near the tide line. There are public restrooms.

Address: Owen Park Way, Vineyard Haven, MA
Tel: (508) 696-4220


Squibnocket Beach

Squibnocket Beach is open to Chilmark residents only and requires a beach pass. It is located off of State Road on Spruce Gate Road near the town line of Aquinnah. The beach is fairly rocky making it less than ideal for swimming however it is a favorite among surfers. Parking is available for people with a beach pass; dogs are prohibited.

Address: Spruce Gate Road, Chilmark, MA
Tel: 508-645-2100 ext. 2133


Lucy Vincent Beach

Lucy Vincent Beach is open to Chilmark residents only and requires a pass. It is located on Lucy Vincent Beach Road off of State Road in Chilmark. It is known as a surfers’ beach, though is also known for its scenic view of the clay cliffs. There are large rocks, left by the receding glaciers a millennia ago, scattered among the waters of the beach. If you walk farther down Lucy Vincent Beach there is a section that allows nude sunbathing and swimming; it is one of Martha’s Vineyard’s only nude beaches. There is a parking area that requires a pass; dogs are prohibited.

Address: Lucy Vincent Beach Road, Chilmark, MA
Tel: 508-645-2100 ext. 2133

Lucy Vincent Martha's Vineyard

Oak Bluffs Town Beach


Calm, shallow water. The beach begins near the Steamship Authority dock and terminates at the first jetty heading towards Edgartown, located at the end of the breakwater. The beach resumes about one mile southeast of the small inlet flowing into Sengekontacket Pond. At this point it becomes known as Joseph Sylvia State Beach. The town beach itself is within easy walking distance from both the town of Oak Bluffs and Ocean Park. Public restrooms are available at the end of the beach near the OB SSA terminal; rinsing showers bracket its other boundry.

Address: Seaview Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-693-0072


Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach

Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach, more commonly known as “Long Point,” is located off of the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road. It is a public beach open to all Island locals and visitors alike. During the summer months admission is $3 per adult or child over fifteen as well as $10 per car. All Trustees of Reservation members are free and parking is half price. The gate opens daily at 9 am and last admission is at 5 pm (gates close at 6 pm). The ocean side of Long Point Beach has waves perfect for body surfing as well as a calm freshwater pond side perfect for children. There are public restrooms and dogs are allowed before 10am and after 6:30pm with a dog permit.

Address: Hughe's Thumb Rd, West Tisbury, MA
Tel: 508-693-3678
Email: longpoint@ttor.org

Long Point Martha's Vineyard

Norton Point Beach

Leaving Edgartown go south on Katama Road; entrance and gatehouse are to your left off of Town Lot Road, off of Edgartown Bay Road. Prior to a breach that occurred a few winters back, this beach connected Left Fork Beach with Wasque and Chappaquiddick. Though its oversand-vehicle trails have now been now been reduced to 1.8 miles, Norton Point Beach is the only island beach permitting oversand driving. The 2.5-mile-long beach provides an important nesting area for shorebirds. Its pristine shoreline also attracts fishing, shellfishing and swimming while its upland area is popular with hikers. At Norton Point’s western end the beach abuts South Beach. Here bathers can find lifeguards as well as restrooms and changing facilities. Over-sand vehicle access is subject to occasional closures due to erosion or storm damage, or to protect rare nesting shorebirds. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Address: Town Lot Road, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-7689
Email: capepoge@ttor.org

Norton Point Martha's Vineyard

Lobsterville Beach

Lobserville Beach is a public beach located on Lobsterville Road in Aquinnah. Parking can be limited because there is no parking area and parking is prohibited on Lobsterville Road. The beach itself is comprised of two miles of Vineyard Sound beach as well as dune land along the road. A favorite spot for fishing, Lobsterville Beach is also a destination for beach goers looking for a quiet, tranquil beach outing. There is an established seagull nesting area perfect for birdwatching. The closest public restrooms are at the Aquinnah Circle; approximately a ten minute bike ride from the beach.

Address: Lobsterville Road, Aquinnah, MA
Tel: 508-645-2304


Philbin Beach

Philbin Beach, located off of Moshup Trail in Aquinnah, is open only to Aquinnah residents. It is widely known for its heavy surf as well as its expansive, panoramic view and is a favorite among the surfing community. It is extremely rocky near the shoreline and has large rocks scattered throughout the waters. There is a parking lot that is available only with a parking permit; dogs are prohibited.

Address: Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA
Tel: 508-645-2304

Philbin Martha's Vineyard

Tashmoo Town Beach

Located at Herring Creek on Lake Tashmoo. Open to all. There are no public restrooms or amenities. Almost lake-like, the beach is a favorite with boaters heading out to the Sound through the ‘cut’ on its northern shore. At times of extreme tides the outflow can be treacherous. There are no public restrooms or amenities.

Address: Herring Creek, Vineyard Haven, MA
Tel: (508) 696-4220


State Beach

State Beach includes Bend in the Road beach as it nears Edgartown.Clear, mild public beach along Beach Road between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. It is easily accessible from the bike path which runs along its length. On a clear day, Cape Poge in Edgartown can be seen in the distance to your right and an outline of the Cape can be seen from certain vantage points. Cars may park along the beach front, keeping all tires on the pavement. The beach is mostly sandy though a line of pebbles and shells can be found at the high tide mark. A few picnic tables and benches are available for public use near the lifeguard stand.

Address: 180 Beach Road, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-696-3840


Eastville Beach

Eastville Beach is a public beach conveniently located 15 minutes walk along Beach Road from the Vineyard Haven ferry. A popular beach with locals for its convenient access to both Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, the 15-20 free parking spaces just steps from the water and interesting views. Facing north towards Vineyard Haven, beyond to Cape Cod and including the island's busiest harbor. Sailboats, pleasure boats, yachts, historic tallships and ferries pass by on the way in and out of Vineyard Haven Harbor and the adjacent inlet to Lagoon Pond. There are an additional 5+ parking spaces and fishing spots along the jetty separating the beach from the Lagoon Pond inlet. The beach can be rocky along the shoreline. There are no public restrooms or amenities.

Address: 59 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA


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