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121 North Water Street


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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For its relatively small size (100 square miles), Martha's Vineyard has its fair share of lighthouses. But of the five dotting the northern side of the island, visitors and travel experts continually recommend making a stop at the Edgartown Lighthouse. 

Originally constructed for Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, this 1800s-era lighthouse was relocated to the Vineyard in 1938. Aside from its history, the lighthouse draws in travelers thanks to the incredible views seen at the top of its spiral staircase: from this vantage point, you'll enjoy panoramic vistas of the harbor and neighboring Chappaquiddick Island.

If you arrive by bus, take Route No. 11; it will drop you off on Church Street. From there, you'll have a 10-minute walk to the lighthouse. You can explore the grounds and nearby beach for free, but if you'd like access to the top, you'll have to fork over $5. Past visitors offered mixed opinions about whether or not it's worth the admission fee, especially since the lighthouse is relatively small, but all agreed that the area surrounding the lighthouse is stunning. Before you go, check on the Martha's Vineyard Museum website to check opening and closing times, which vary by season.

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#1 Martha's Vineyard Beaches

You'll have your pick of beaches on Martha's Vineyard. From the protected, shallow surf on the northern and eastern coasts of the island to the big waves crashing on the south side, the Vineyard's various shorelines offer a little something for everyone.

But of all the places to stake a spot in the sand, recent visitors said South Beach (also known as Katama Beach) is one of the best. Situated in Edgartown, South Beach stretches for 3 miles and offers a rumbling surf and rolling dunes. You'll find ample parking here, but most travelers were happy to bike from Edgartown on a path that leads straight to the sand.

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