My grandfather was a career military man who moved their family around throughout his career; so when it came time for him to retire, my grandparents decided to retire to Martha’s Vineyard where they had visited a few times and loved. from toddlerhood to college summers lifeguarding hte beach, I have spent my entire life going to Edgartown. I love the real summer it gives this San Francisco girl, with warm weather, beachs, and biking, Martha’s Vineyard is what true summers are all about. Here is my itinerary for one perfect day in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard; What to see, where to eat, and what to do.
Recently Mr. H and I were talking about family traditions. He was talking to a colleague who mentioned that he was going on his annual SCUBA diving trip to Catalina Island with his kids; they went every year. We were talking about what were our traditions? Sure we have small traditions and rituals that we do throughout the year, but in terms of an annual family trip somewhere the only one we have is Martha’s Vineyard.
Here is a run down of the top beaches on Martha’s Vineyard, take your pick, they are all amazing. Edgartown and Oak Bluffs have the most accessible public beaches, if you are planning your vacay and want to be near the beach, plan to stay in one of these two towns.
The best all around beach on Martha’s Vineyard is South Beach, 3 miles outside of Edgartown. South beach is accessible by both bus and bike route. It is a beautiful white sand beach with moderate waves. Classic New England and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. There is a one mile stretch of the beach (along Atlantic Drive), that has lifeguards and facilities (port-a-potties). You can access additional (less crowded) parts of the beach, if you buy an oversand permit for your SUV. The waves and currents can be strong at south beach, so this is not always the best beach for young kids. We usually bring a big shovel and dig a mini kiddie pool up from the shore break to give our toddlers a place to play in the water. For bigger kids, bring the boogie boards, the waves are awesome. There are no places to buy food/beverages near the beach, so stock up on picnic supplies at the Katama General Store on your way out, or visit the Right Fork Diner for lunch and watch the old planes take off and land (about 1 mile away on Herring Creek Road).