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Our Favorite Things To Do in Edgartown MA

Ernest McGray, Jr. / Edgartown Light House / Flickr
Ernest McGray, Jr. / Edgartown Light House / Flickr

Edgartown MA has plenty to offer everyone visiting Martha’s Vineyard and is a fantastic place to stay on your trip. Edgartown is one of the most sought-after destinations on the Vineyard, and Sandpiper Rentals has many homes to rent in the area, including harbor front Captain’s houses dating back to the old Whaling Days of the Vineyard. There are many great boating and beach options, and a wonderful downtown area with shopping, restaurants, galleries and more! Here are our favorite things to do in Edgartown MA.

Beaches in Edgartown MA

Edgartown has great beaches including South Beach which is very popular. The shoreline is pristine with firm sand, making it perfect for strolling up and down the beach along the water. There are great waves and gorgeous scenery to make South Beach the place to go when in Edgartown.  The surf is excellent and easily accessible with a public bus running every 15 minutes. For an amazing view and quieter surf, head to Lighthouse Beach which is just a 10-minute walk from downtown. From there, it’s easy to enjoy picturesque views of Edgartown and the harbor beyond. State Beach is perfect for young children and walks. It has calm waters. The second bridge is known from the Jaws movie and every summer hundreds of people jump off it.

The Lighthouse of Edgartown MA

For a spectacular and unique Edgartown visit, look no further than the Edgartown Lighthouse. This is a must-see area of Martha’s Vineyard and has amazing views of the historic lighthouse and surrounding area. Admission is $5 for the lighthouse which will be operating at times during the summer. Recent renovations have made the lighthouse a great stop and have made it more accessible for visitors.

Fishing Charters from Edgartown MA

While you’re in Edgartown, try out one of the fine fishing charters that are based in the harbor. Several charters will take you out for some of the best fishing on the East Coast. See what made the area so famous for fishing. Wayfarer Charters offers fishing charters and sunset cruises. Jean Marie Fishing Charters and Great Harbour Sport Fishing Charters are some of the other charter companies located in Edgartown.

Established in 1907 and operating out of its current location since 1927, the Edgartown Yacht Club offers the best in yachting, sailboat racing, and seamanship on Martha’s Vineyard. The club holds several racing events throughout the year, including Edgartown Race Weekend (July 23 – 25) and the ‘Round-the-Island Race (July 25) and the 12-Metre Regatta in August.

When in Edgartown, catch the Chappy Ferry to Chappaquiddick Island, one of the best kept secrets in New England. This peaceful, quaint island is serviced by the On Time and On Time II ferries which have a long and colorful history. Several scenes from the movie classic ‘Jaws’ were filmed on Chappaquiddick to give you an idea of the scenic parts of the area.

The Katama area of Edgartown is closest to the surfside of the beach and contains many rental properties. There are also many rental properties in the three mile stretch from beach to downtown. There are so many great things to experience in Edgartown MA. Let Sandpiper Rentals help you find the ideal place to stay when you are in Edgartown so you can experience all the great things the area has to offer.

What’s going on this weekend

This weekend is shaping up to be a fun one!


The kick off for the social season starts Thursday with the highly anticipated Taste Of The Vineyard. Tickets are sold out, but if you hear of someone selling them (try checking out the Facebook group MV Stuff For Sale) snap them up asap because this is the one party you won’t want to miss. The Taste Of The Vineyard, or simply “The Taste” as locals call it, is a gourmet stroll through 85 different venders from the island offering you succulent amuse-bouche, or one bite tastings, and incredible libations of all varieties.

Wine Glasses Oysters 2








Also starting Thursday, is the annual Classic Cars Weekend. For the 21st year in a row, the Boston Area Roadsters gather at the Wesley House and around the Harbor of Oak Bluffs all culminating in an annual poker run to Aquinnah to raise money for local charities throughout Martha’s Vineyard. All around the island you’ll see antique, classic, and hot rods galore in this fantastic, fun for all ages gathering.


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