Summer on Martha's Vineyard is all about spending time on the island's glorious sandy beaches. When staying at one of our two in Edgartown boutique hotels, our guests are always asking which Edgartown beaches have the best surf break, the quietest waves for kids, and the softest sand. Visit any of these Edgartown beaches for a picture-perfect day on Martha's Vineyard, and don't forget to ask at the front desk for your complimentary use of beach chairs and towels.
This long beach, located halfway between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs is on the Nantucket Sound side of the island, meaning it's calmer and warmer than the oceanside beaches. Head out to the beach early, as its popularity means it fills up with visitors as the day goes on. While there are no facilities at the beach, the Edgartown end of the beach has lifeguards on duty.
A 10-minute walk or a short bike ride from our hotels, this in-town beach is great for sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. The water is usually cold, but calm, so it's great for small children. Lighthouse Beach overlooks Chappaquiddick Island and the harbor, which means there's lots of boat traffic to keep you entertained. As you'd expect, there's also a lighthouse, Edgartown Harbor Light, which is open to visitors for a $5 fee.
Also known as South Beach, Katama Beach is located on the south side of the island, which means it's exposed to the ocean. A wide and sandy beach, it offers plenty of room to spread out and a surf break on one end of the beach. There's plenty of parking, and you can also take the bus to the beach. Lifeguards are on duty and there's facilities at both ends of the beach.