Head to a deserted part of Norton Point. We set up camp, friends float in via other vessels, kids and dogs pour out, boys with kites, rakes (for fresh clams on the beach of course!), and cocktails.

Nevette Previd

We drive over to Lambert’s Cove around midnight, where the bioluminescence is particularly great that night. We decide to have a campfire there, hang out, have some s'mores, and stay until sunrise.

Rob Roth

Beach games, swimming, hilarious conversation and inventive sand castles made from the beach bounty surrounding us pass the hours with bliss.

Nevette Previd

Patches of Paradise

On Martha’s Vineyard there really is a beach for everyone. The varying coastline offers good surf on the south coast at public beaches such as South Beach, Long Point, and Moshup Beach; safer family beaches on the east in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown such as State Beach; and picturesque, calm surf on the northwest, such as Great Rock Bight Preserve.
It’s not just about the waves, either: generally speaking the beaches facing south toward the Atlantic and east toward Nantucket sound are uniformly sandy, while those facing north toward Vineyard Sound range from sandy, to small pebbles, to giant boulders.
There may be a beach for everyone here, but not everyone can go to every beach. While there are plenty of public beaches, there are also many stretches of the coast of Martha’s Vineyard are privately owned or are “town beaches” accessible only to residents of — or renters in — a given village.
If you are visiting in the off-season, from October to early June, you can generally access town beaches such as Squibnocket and Lucy Vincent in Chilmark, but during the summer they are restricted to pass-holders and visitors staying in hotels or inns in that town.
Good to know: Walk too far in any direction on an Island beach (except out to sea) and you may run into a local defending his or her own private patch of paradise.

Squibnocket Beach

Lucy Vincent Beach

Norton Point Beach

Long Point Reserve

Great Rock Bight Preserve

Tashmoo Beach

North Neck Highlands Preserve

Lambert’s Cove

Seth’s Pond

Zack’s Cliffs

Red Beach

Eastville Beach

East Beach

Edgartown Great Pond Beach

Marinelli Beach

Tisbury Great Pond Beach

Menemsha Neck Preserve

Quansoo Preserve


Little Beach

Gardner Beach

Chappy Point Beach

Cedar Tree Neck

Oak Bluffs Town Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

South Beach

Lighthouse Beach

Moshup Beach

Lobsterville Beach

Philbin Beach

Owen Park Beach