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The Best Martha's Vineyard Beaches

Sun, Sea, and Surf

Reputed for its quiet charm and placid atmosphere, Martha’s Vineyard is the ideal Atlantic escape. For generations, locals and tourists alike have basked in its seaside charm, enjoying the peace, quiet and calm of Martha’s Vineyard beaches. Your stay at Harbor View Hotel includes easy access to the beaches of Edgartown and beyond, from Lighthouse Beach and the breathtaking views from its eponymous watch tower to Aquinnah Beach and its ruddy cliffs. 

Learn more about the best beaches in Martha’s Vineyard, from Edgartown to the rest of the island.

Edgartown Beaches

Lighthouse Beach

The towering lighthouse is the main feature of this quiet Edgartown beach. Moved to avoid damage from eroding cliffs, this is one of the island’s five lighthouses -- and the nearest our hotel. Perfect for fishing or boat-watching, Lighthouse Beach is an ideal escape from business and bustle.

East Beach

A hidden gem among beaches in Martha’s Vineyard, many tourists miss out on this private paradise. Located mere minutes away from our hotel, the Chappy Ferry is the best way to get to East Beach, great for bird-watching and mountain biking. Pack a picnic and plan an afternoon trip at one of the best beaches on the island. Admission is $3 per person.

Katama Beach (South Beach)

Katama Beach boasts some of the best surfing on the island, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. With ample parking space and accessibility via bike or shuttle, families and college kids are sure to find a favorite in this beach near Edgartown.

Beaches Beyond

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach

With gentle, warm waters, this beach is perfect for those looking to enjoy a dip. Enjoy clear views of Cape Cod and Nantucket Sound and stop by the wooden bridge for one of the best diving spots on the island.

Aquinnah Beach

The breathtaking Aquinnah Beach make the perfect backdrop for your beach activities. As one of the more peaceful beaches in the island, this is the perfect place for families to enjoy a quiet afternoon.

Menemsha Beach

Looking to sample the local cuisine? Menemsha Beach sees numerous food vendors serving the best in fresh fare, from shrimp cocktails to steamers. Even better, Menemsha Beach provides prime views at sunset, offering a stunning backdrop for an intimate evening picnic.