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Interactive Martha's Vineyard Map

 

Once you have arrived on Martha's Vineyard, pick up a rental car at any of our convenient locations or allow us to pick you up at your hotel or from the airport. From there, the possibilities are endless. A day tripper renting a car cruises the island in 3.5 to 4 hours. Time depends on shopping and eating at all possible stops, not just Gay Head or Edgartown.

Let's say you pick your car up at one of our two conveniently located offices in Oak Bluffs (right near all the ferries!)  If you were to leave the office and head towards Edgartown. Not too far from the office is one of Martha's Vineyard's best family beach, Joseph Sylvia "State Beach". You'll notice kids of all ages jumping off the second bridge, known locally as "Jaws Bridge," as it was featured in the movie.
 
From there you will continue onto Edgartown. Edgartown is a celebrity hot spot. You never know whom you'll run into. They try to keep a low profile and MV is the place to do it. Islanders tend to leave the celebs alone, but if you're really, really, really nice, you may get one to pose for a picture.

Edgartown is also where people do the majority of their shopping. There are art galleries, jewelry stores, clothing stores, and much more right on Main Street. (For those Jaws fans out there, the big parade after Jaws was taken down was on Main Street.)

For those of you lighthouse seekers: If you were to drive to the end of Main St and take a left on North Water Street, you will see the Edgartown Lighthouse at the end of the road.
 
Beach goers can also visit another one of the island's most beautiful beaches, South Beach in Katama. Three miles of immaculate sands on the Atlantic Ocean, South Beach is a barrier beach on the south shore at the end of Katama Road. South Beach is a great beach for families, featuring some of the best bodysurfing on the island.
 
Next is an easy 35 minute drive "Up-Island" towards the western end of the island. You'll first drive through tranquil West Tisbury. Where you can stop at Alley's General Store. Built in 1858, grab a snack and a cold drink, while relaxing in a rocking chair on their front porch. 
 
Continuing on from West Tisbury will bring you through Chilmark. Scenic vistas, rolling pastures, rock walls and sheep farms will guide you on your way. 
 
After passing through Chilmark you will end up in Aquinnah. Aquinnah was once called Gay Head and is known for the stunning Gay Head Cliffs. One of the 5 lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard is visible from the lookout area. 

After taking in the beauty that Aquinnah has to offer, possibly walking Moshup Beach, head east on Moshup trail, for more scenic views. From there you will take a quick trip over to Menemsha.
 
Menemsha is the last fishing village on the island. It has the freshest possible seafood, straight from the ocean. Stop at The Menemsha Galley and pick up a bite to eat. Jaws fans know Menemsha as Amity Island. Who knows, you just might see him out there!
 
From there you will head up North Road, which will turn into State Road on the way to Vineyard Haven.
 
If you're chasing those lighthouses, just drive up Main St to see the West Chop lighthouse. 

If you started elsewhere, park on Main St and wander. Bunch of Grapes Bookstore has some amazing books written on or about Martha's Vineyard. 

Black Dog Bakery, Tavern, and General Store are across the street from our Vineyard Haven office; most people's visit isn't complete without some BD Gear.
 
After visiting Vineyard Haven, you can return to Oak Bluffs, where you started your day. The Ginger Bread houses are the star attraction of Oak Bluffs. The "Camp Meeting Association Camp Ground" was originally tents and is therefore still called a campground, even though it is filled with houses. In the middle of the campground is The Tabernacle, which was originally used as a Methodist Church but is now a popular picnic area and bandstand.

The oldest merry-go-round in the country is right in the middle of Oak Bluffs. The Flying Horses carousel still runs and even has an arcade. This is the most popular spot for the kids. 

Oak Bluffs harbor is filled with all different boats and yachts. There are ice cream shops, restaurants and shopping all within a ten minute walk from the Oak Bluffs Marina. 


All this can be done in just a day. Come, rent a car, and see the sights of Martha's Vineyard.