Martha’s’ Vineyard is a summer haven vacation island located around 10 miles south of the Cape Cod coast of Massachusetts. Summer temperatures average in the low 70’s making it very enjoyable. The island is only 100 square miles in area and is only accessible by boat or air. You can take a ferry from Falmouth Massachusetts (1.5 hours from “Boston) that takes around half an hour. A good way to get around the island is to rent a scooter. There is also a public bus service provided on the island that is very convenient and travels through all six small towns on the island. To visualize the island, the famous 1974 movie Jaws was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard. You can book your trip now at VoyageMonkey.com Travel.
The Island features plenty of great beaches, excellent nature trails for hiking and biking, many great restaurants, fantastic shopping at the many boutiques and local art galleries, kayaking, fishing, boating and water sports. You’ll even find an Alpaca herd on the island. This island will take you back to a simpler time. Stop into Alley’s General Store which has been in operation since 1858. Here you can grab a bite or some island souvenirs. There are sightseeing buses to tour the island and show you all the highlights. Enjoy the quiet island pace and relax.
Many of Martha’s Vineyard beaches are part of the islands five distinct wildlife refuges, so they are pristine and unspoiled. Some beaches are open to the public without restriction, while others are reserved for residents and summer visitors who are staying in the towns where the beaches are located. Guests of the island enjoy visiting South Beach (Katama Beach) one of the most pristine locations on Martha’s Vineyard. The clean sand on this three mile barrier beach provides for a great place to lay down a beach blanket and relax. Lobsterville Beach on the western end of the island offers two miles of beach and beautiful dunes. Menemsha Beach also on the western side of the island offers great sunsets and the nearby fishing docks are an excellent spot to enjoy some fresh daily seafood or lobster, and crack open a bottle of wine.
There are a couple of picturesque lighthouses to visit on Martha’s Vineyard. The Aquinnah Gay Head Lighthouse offers one of the most spectacular views on the island, a quaint nearby beach, and small shops run by original island settlers. The bluffs are colorful and the area is kept pristine. It’s like the perfect postcard. It is a protected National Historic Landmark and the lighthouse was made from clay bricks from the site. The East Chop lighthouse provides an awesome lookout point, benches and walking trails with a great view of Cape Cod in the distance. It is very peaceful there and it’s the perfect place to watch the boats, ships and ferries go by. The Edgartown Lighthouse sits on an amazingly beautiful beach on the edge of Edgartown where there are nearby shops and restaurants. The lighthouse itself is beautiful and a climb to the top of the lighthouse offers great photos. After visiting the lighthouse you can take a relaxing stroll around Edgartown.
In the northern part of the island you’ll discover Oak Bluffs with its unique architecture of the many cute historic houses and colorful pastel gingerbread cottages built in the 1800’s with their ornate trim and tiny porches. It’s like being transported to a different world or time in a story book. Great place to stroll with all the little side streets. There are summer events and activities held in Oak Bluffs. While at Oak Bluffs be sure to ride the historic Flying Horses Carousel built in 1876. The Offshore Ale Co. located in Oak Bluffs offers their exquisite house brewed ales as well as an extensive pub menu for lunch and dinner.
Being a small island there are no major hotels or resorts in Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll find nice intimate accommodations like the four-star Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown and some smaller 3-star inns like the Clarion Inn or Harborside Inn, both in Edgartown, or the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven. There are also plenty of smaller bed & breakfast inns and private rentals. VoyageMonkey.com Travel has an inventory of Martha’s Vineyard hotel accommodations to choose from. Book your travel reservations now at VoyageMonkey.com.