Martha's Vineyard Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Martha's Vineyard

If you have extra time, Oak Bluffs Campground is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Martha's Vineyard
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    #1 in Martha's Vineyard
    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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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    Aquinnah Cliffs
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    #2 in Martha's Vineyard
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Aquinnah Cliffs – formerly known as Gay Head – is one of Martha's Vineyard's most-visited tourist spots, with bus and bike tours congesting the paved roads in the peak summer season. But the epic clay cliffs, which were carved by glaciers millions of years ago, are worth the trek. Visitors can explore the lower beach paths to see the cliffs up close and stretch along the sands at Moshup Beach. Or take the upper trails to the top of the cliffs to catch a glimpse of Gay Head Light and nearby Elizabeth Islands.

    Watch your step, however; the Aquinnah Cliffs are part of the island's Wampanoag reservation and under special environmental protections to deter erosion. Keep your eyes peeled for signs detailing off-limit areas. And don't even think about grabbing a hunk of the red clay as a souvenir. 

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    Oak Bluffs Campground
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    #3 in Martha's Vineyard
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Historic Homes/Mansions, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Historic Homes/Mansions, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Chappaquiddick
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    Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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  • "Jaws" Bridge
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    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Beaches, Recreation, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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