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The 3 Best Oak Bluffs Beaches to See This Summer

oak bluffs beachesOak Bluffs beaches are among the finest on Martha’s Vineyard.  If you’re heading to the northeastern side of the island, you’ll want to check out these three beaches:

Oak Bluffs Town Beach: Oak Bluffs Town Beach is located next to the Steamship Authority Pier, just off of Sea View Avenue.  This picturesque beach, though a bit narrow and rocky, provides beautiful views of Nantucket Sound.  Reviewers often comment on the water’s clarity.  If you want to experience the views without all the sand and rocks, you can also sit on benches located atop the sea wall.  It’s convenient.  It’s beautiful.  If you have time, it’s well worth a visit.

Eastville Beach: Eastville Beach faces Vineyard Haven Harbor.  It actually stands next to the drawbridge separating Vineyard Haven from Oak Bluffs.  Visitors often rave about its placid nature, with gentle laves lapping the shoreline.  As an added bonus, there’s also a small beach on the channel which runs under the drawbridge.  Swimming isn’t recommended in the channel, though; the current is strong, and it receives heavy boat traffic.  Be sure to hang around for the spectacular sunset!

Joseph Sylvia State Beach: Joseph Sylvia State Beach stands between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.  The road it’s on, Beach Road, runs along a narrow strip of land which separates Sengekontacket Pond (to the west) from Nantucket Sound (to the east).  The beach is easily bike accessible via pathway.  The small waves make it perfect for families with small children, and the clear blue water invites beachgoers in for a dip.  If you’re the adventurous sort, you can jump off the nearby bridge into the cool water 15-20 feet below.  If, for some reason, you only have time to visit one Oak Bluffs beach, this is the one to visit.

An interesting factoid: Steven Spielberg shot parts of Jaws at Joseph Sylvia State Beach.  In fact, the bridge people launch themselves from is unofficially referred to as the “Jaws Bridge” due to its presence in the movie.

Additionally, if you’re in Edgartown, you’ll hear this beach referred to as “Bend-in-the-Road Beach.”  Despite the different names, they are, in fact, the same place.

Another beach alternative:

If you’re on the west side of Oak Bluffs, you might also consider visiting beautiful Lake Tashmoo in nearby Vineyard Haven.  We wrote a blog post about Lake Tashmoo earlier this year (What is There to Do on Lake Tashmoo?).  The town of Vineyard Haven is only about a 10-15 minute drive from Oak Bluffs, so it’s worth the short detour to see a beautiful lake and an equally-beautiful town.

If you’d like to view a more complete listing of Martha’s Vineyard beaches, click here.

If you’re heading to one of these beautiful beaches, be sure to reserve your accommodations through Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. Our rental properties are located all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Our homes are all unique, yet they all offer comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

6 Great Reasons to Visit Oak Bluffs MA Soon

Oak Bluffs MAThere are many great places on Martha’s Vineyard to explore. Quaint towns, beautiful coastline, and pristine landscapes beckon visitors from far and wide. One place you need to make time to visit is Oak Bluffs MA. This Martha’s Vineyard town is full of old fashioned charm and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Oak Bluffs is home to several impressive points of interest as well as one of the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. So,  during your Martha’s Vineyard getaway, be sure to plan a visit to Oak Bluffs MA for some great fun!

1. Oak Bluffs Campground

One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Oak Bluffs MA is Oak Bluffs Campground and the charming and whimsical gingerbread cottages found there. These 19th Century buildings make you feel like you’ve stepped back into another place and time. The atmosphere at the campground is serene and utterly relaxing. There is no hustle and bustle here. Oak Bluffs Campground is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll while you admire the colorful and intricate details of these cottages. You’ll be hard pressed to pick just one favorite!

2. Ocean Park

Ocean Park is another must-see location in Oak Bluffs MA. The park is beautifully kept and makes the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks, bike rides, and general enjoyment of the Martha’s Vineyard scenery. It’s right on the water, so there are amazing views of the ocean.

3. East Chop Lighthouse

One of several iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouses, East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs MA is a great site to visit. There is plenty of space to walk around and get pictures of the light and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.

4. Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach is one of the best beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. With a clean sandy shoreline, gentle surf, and serene atmosphere, it’s the perfect beach to visit when you want to spend some time relaxing and soaking up some sun.

5. Island Alpaca Company

For a unique Martha’s Vineyard experience, head to the Island Alpaca Company. You can visit with these unusual looking yet adorable creatures and learn more about them. They even have an annual shearing day where you can see the Alpacas be shorn and have their fleece collected to make garments and other items!

6. Flying Horses Carousel

The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs MA is the oldest operating platform carousel in the nation. It has been named a national landmark by the Department of the interior. The carousel was built in 1876 by Charles Dare and originally started out as a Coney Island, NY ride. This picturesque carousel is a delight to both children and adults with its handcrafted horses and decorations.

No matter what you decide to do in Oak Bluffs MA, you’ll have a great visit to Martha’s Vineyard when you choose one of Sandpiper Rentals‘ gorgeous properties. With houses all over the island, you can choose to stay near whichever town or beach you want to. All of the houses are unique in their own way, but they’ll all provide you with a comfortable stay and wonderful memories. Our Martha’s Vineyard rental properties will make all the difference in your time on the island. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Photo: Barry Peters via Flickr on Creative Commons