Martha’s Vineyard is a historic vacation spot with some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Here’s your guide to make the most of your stay!
As an East Coast girl at heart, I have a deep love and appreciation for Martha’s Vineyard. Situated just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. In my opinion, the best time of year to visit Martha’s Vineyard is in the summer, when the weather is nice, and all of the flowers are in full bloom.
While expensive, with some of my budget travel tips and the right planning, you can enjoy an amazing time in Martha’s Vineyard.
So if you’re thinking about visiting Martha’s Vineyard this year, here are some local spots you have to check out!
Best Beaches in Martha’s Vineyard
Lighthouse Beach – I spent so many summer days on this smaller, much quieter beach! You get the benefits of the close proximity to downtown Edgartown (fifteen-minute walk) and the views of the harbor shared with Chappaquiddick. There isn’t much parking aside from side street parking which is why this seems to be a much quieter beach.
South Beach – Looking for the classic Martha’s Vineyard/east coast beach you envision with decent-sized waves?! Head to South Beach, you won’t be disappointed!
Joseph Sylvia State Beach – Or as I always just refer to it as the state beach where they filmed part of Jaws (aka Jaws bridge). But don’t let the classic thriller deter you from visiting this beautiful beach! This is one of my all-time favorites and the most visited beach for family beach days! Be sure to get there REAL early to find parking. The number of times that I have jumped off of this bridge is crazy, and while I stopped back in college, each time I visit, I am always thinking about jumping off of Jaws bridge to get the full MV experience 😉
Where to Stay in Martha’s Vineyard
The Edgartown Collection: This set of four luxury boutique hotels offers a wonderful experience.
Summercamp: Summercamp is as fun as it sounds, and you’ll have to just see it to believe it!
Harborview Hotel: A luxury hotel with a view of the harbor and located across the street from Lighthouse Beach resides this large, elegant Edgartown Hotel.
Rent: If you are looking planning ahead for a large group to visit the Island, consider renting for a week! The island is never cheap, but if you plan ahead and have a bigger group, you may find the perfect rental for you and your family in one of the many towns. I have stayed in Oak Bluffs a few times and found it to be the most fun for a family and a group looking to be more social and find semi-more affordable options.
Places to Eat in Martha’s Vineyard
The Seafood Shanty: Looking for good seafood? Then head to the Seafood Shanty. I have ordered and both eaten at this restaurant multiple times during each of my stays on the Island and it never lets us down. In fact, it is a mandatory place for us to visit whenever we do go to MV.
Among The Flowers Cafe: One of my favorite little cafes right in the center of downtown Edgartown! It is affordable, and the food is delish!
Atlantic: Located right on the harbor, enjoy some yummy seafood and beautiful views. This is the perfect location to head to the ice cream shop and walk around after dinner.
L’etoile: Looking for an elegant date night experience?! Be sure to check out this more intimate option in the center of downtown Edgartown!
The Black Dog: Super popular local tavern that’s great for a fun night out.
Alchemy: Alchemy is great for date night or if you’re just in the mood for really good oysters.
The Port Hunter: An expansive menu, perfect for picky eaters or big groups who can’t decide what they want to eat!
Mad Martha’s Ice Cream: This is the ultimate ice cream spot that will likely have lines out the door! Presidents and celebs have been spotted at this delish ice cream shop, and there is a reason for it!
Best Places for Entertainment in Martha’s Vineyard
The Port Hunter: Last summer, I went out for a night during our family trip and have to say the nightlife in Edgartown exceeded my expectations. The Port Hunter is a cool bar to grab drinks at and get a buzz on before live music takes place. There is a huge mix in ages from college kids to thirty years olds and parents.
It is a social enough bar to go with your besties if you are going on a girls’ trip and want a fun singles’ night out, and it also is great for you and your significant other/ relatives to enjoy a fun night out.
Nomans: Head over to Nomans for early evening drinks and some interactive fun with Live music options, cornhole, and a whole open lawn to bring your fur babes and more!
Things To Do in Martha’s Vineyard
The Ritz Cafe: This is a historic dive bar and music venue.
Flying Horses Carousel: The oldest platform carousel in the country!
The Gingerbread Cottages: A village of colorful cottages that make the perfect backdrop for IG photos.
Aquinnah Cliffs: If you are taking a car or can find transportation, Menemsha cliffs are some of the most beautiful views you can find, especially if you go right before sunset. Grab dinner ahead of time or enjoy take-out from Menemsha seafood, eat at the picnic tables and then walk up to the top of the cliffs to watch the sunset. 🙂
Ever been to Martha’s Vineyard or want to check out a spot I listed? Drop a comment below to discuss!