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Beaches

Sun, Sea, and Surf

Widely known for its relaxed vibe and quiet charm, Martha's Vineyard is the quintessential destination for seaside retreats.

For generations, locals and tourists alike have flocked to the island's numerous beaches, enjoying the surf, summer breeze, sunshine and sand. Your stay at the Harbor View provides easy access to the shores of Edgartown and beyond, from Lighthouse Beach and its stunning views to Aquinnah Beach and its ruddy cliffs.

In an effort to help you get the most out of your stay, we've included a brief overview of popular Vineyard beaches, featured below.

Public Beaches in Edgartown

Lighthouse Beach

Much as its name suggests, an iconic white tower - crowned by a glass-paneled lantern room - anchors this quiet. sandy haven. Originally built in 1828, the "Harbor Light," as it was called, sustained irreparable damage by a hurricane in 1938, and was replaced the following year by a pre-existing cast-iron lighthouse, transported from Ipswich to its current location, just footsteps away from the Harbor View Hotel.

East Beach

A hidden gem among the shores of Martha's Vineyard, this private paradise is often overlooked by Vineyard visitors. Located mere minutes from the Harbor View Hotel, this seaside expanse can be reached via the Chappy Ferry. An irresistible draw for mountain bikers and bird-watchers, this beach is also perfect for family picnics and meandering strolls.

South Beach

This shoreside spot comprises some of the best surfing on the island, making it a popular destination for the young - and young at heart. With ample parking and easy access via bike or shuttle, active-lifestylers are sure to find a favorite in this beach near Edgartown.

Fuller Street Beach

With calm tides and warm temperatures, this Outer Harbor beach is a favorite among families with younger children. Picnic under the sun or stroll north and west to Little Beach, which leads to the even-warmer waters of Eel Pond.

Public Beaches Beyond

Joseph A. Sylvia State Beach

Highly recommended by the hotel, this beach is perfect for a for a relaxing saltwater soak - perhaps best initiated by a launch off "wooden bridge," a prime location for diving. Of course, those more inclined to sightseeing than swimming are invited to scan the horizon for unobstructed views of Cape Cod and Nantucket Sound.

Aquinnah Beach

This picturesque expanse of cliffs, sea and sand is the idealbackdrop for laid- back summer days. No wonder it's a favorite among families who seek a quiet, peaceful seaside retreat.

Menemsha Beach

Those with an appetite for local cuisine best head to here – because this popular surfside strand offers a countless array of options for casual, on-beach dining. Menemsha also serves up the island's most tantalizing sunsets, so be sure to stay for a twilight picnic.

Additional Beaches

To explore more of Martha's Vineyard's numerous beaches, visit www.mvy.com/beaches.html

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