Martha's Vineyard in the summertime is all about the beach. From long days spend on the sand to taking in sunsets over the water, no summer vacation to the Vineyard is complete without some beach time. Several of the best beach in Oak Bluffs are located just a short walk or drive from our boutique Martha's Vineyard hotel Summercamp. Next time you're on a lark to Martha's Vineyard, here are our recommendations for the best beaches in Oak Bluffs.
Also known as Inkwell Beach, this small beach is conveniently located close to downtown Oak Bluffs. Because of its proximity to town, this beach is not where you go if you want to be alone with nature, but rather offers the quickest access to the water for a dip. The water here is calm, with gently sloping sand bottom. Inkwell Beach overlooks the ferry terminal, meaning you'll be entertained by harbor traffic at one of the best beaches in Oak Bluffs.
A little bit further east, this beach in Oak Bluffs offers more gentle waves and a two-mile long stretch of sand. Go for a long walk on the beach and look for sea glass or be daring and jump off the "Jaws Bridge," featured in the movie. People love this beach for its placid atmosphere and calm waters. Conveniently located close to Oak Bluffs, Joseph Sylvia State Beach is also a great beach to bike to, as it's easily accessible by the town's bike path.
This small beach is in a unique spot, by the drawbridge that spans the channel between Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. Located on a small point overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor, this scenic beach is great for sunbathing and wading. The waters here, while beautiful, are part of a busy boat channel with a strong current, so swimming too far out isn't recommended. But like our other recommendations, this beach is easily one of the best beaches on Oak Bluffs because of its soft sand, great views, and gentle waves.