One of the many reasons to visit Martha’s Vineyard is for its unspoilt and scenic beaches. Some beaches are open to the public year-round and some beaches are restricted in summer to town residents and summer visitors staying in the town where the beach is located. Parking at all beaches on Martha's Vineyard is limited so it’s recommended to take public transport or a taxi to avoid long waits.
Here are some of our favorite spots
East Beach (Chappaquiddick) – Public beach located in Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge. This stunning beach stretches for miles and gives you the feeling you’ve reached the end of the earth.
South Beach (Edgartown) – Public beach at Katama. Three miles of beach and excellent surfing.
Tashmoo Town Beach (Vineyard Haven) – Public beach at entrance to Lake Tasmoo. A bumpy ride to get down to the beach and only limited parking, but well worth the journey. Views across to Woods Hole.
Lucy Vincent Beach (Chilmark) – Chilmark residents only in summer but can be accessed by all in the off-season. This is a gorgeous sandy beach with a much photographed cliff line and rock formation. This beach has a secluded clothing optional section.
Owen Park Beach (Vineyard Haven) – Small public beach from where you can watch the ferries and yachts coming in and out of the harbor.
Long Point Wildlife Refuge (West Tisbury) – Public beach on the south shore. Great surfing.
State Beach (Oak Bluffs) – Public beach with two miles of sandy beach.
Lobsterville Beach (Aquinnah) – Public beach with sandy dunes. Great views across Vineyard Sound and excellent fishing. No parking on Lobsterville Road so best to take the bike ferry across from Menemsha.
Gay Head Public Beach (Aquinnah) – Public beach with excellent surfing.
Squibnocket Beach (Chilmark) – Awesome name and awesome surfing. Private beach but accessible to the public off-season.