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Martha's Vineyard is the second largest island on the eastern seaboard (behind Long Island, NY). This means it is indeed a large island, 26 miles by 14 to be exact. With six towns, dozens of beaches large and small, salt and freshwater ponds, a state forest, and even another island (Chappaquiddick) there are hundreds of miles of trails, roads, and shoreline to explore. Below are some suggestions for your enjoyment and also some links of sources for much more information.

To the beach!
There is a beautiful beach in every direction. No Vineyard visit during summer should be done without a bathing suit along! From the clear green sandbar swimming of Silvia State Beach between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, to the rough breakers of the South Shore at Katama and Chappaquiddick, Vineyard beaches will amaze you. The farthest from Ride On is a 20-mile ride to Aquinnah, formerly known as Gay Head. There you enjoy the view from the lighthouse overlook over the multi-colored clay cliffs, or visit the public beach at their base. "Zach's Cliffs" is just below the lighthouse on Moshup's Trail road. You can park your bike or moped off the road at the public lot (for a small fee) and walk down the pathway to a stunning unique beach. Be forewarned: there are some nude bathing areas a mile north along the point.

Each of the island towns offers Island shopping, galleries, restaurants, and more. The three major towns offer the most variety: Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Vineyard Haven. But other towns offer unique places of interest like the Field Gallery of outdoor sculpture in West Tisbury, or MV Pottery and MV Glassworks in Chilmark, the fishing village of Menemsha, and the tribal shops of Aquinnah, just to name a couple. We have maps with many of these businesses marked for you to discover.

There are over a hundred eating establishments on the Island. A global variety of cuisine hosted by quiet, waterview, garden or about any type of location you can imagine. Alcohol is sold only in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, but the other town's establishments allow "brownbagging". Bon apetit!

You can spend an entire week and still not see most of the quaint and special locations on Martha's Vineyard. If on a bicycle, there are miles of bikepaths that wander in and around the Island. If on a moped, you have the opportunity to travel to many distant locations that a bicyclist may not be conditioned to reach. An amazing tour for both takes you from Oak Bluffs towards Edgartown along a 6-mile barrier beach habitat. Once in Edgartown, you can park and walk along historic Captain's houses, catch a bite to eat overlooking Edgartown Harbor, then hop the "On Time" ferry to Chappy, where you can then ride to the Atlantic beaches of Wasque Point and Cape Poge. Whatever the destination, we have maps and more suggestions on how to get there.

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce - our local business website
Martha's Vineyard Online - chock full of information, a Vineyard info portal site
The Gazette and MV Times newspapers - news, schedules, and special events listings
The Steamship Authority site - schedules and information
The Island Queen ferry from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs (passenger only)
Cape Air - flights into Martha's Vineyard Airport
Budget Car Rental of Martha's Vineyard
Jim's Package Store - fine wines, beer, and liquor delivered to your door at no extra charge
Oak Bluffs Marina - information if coming by boat

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