These beaches have clear water, plenty of open space for children to play, and calmer waters (and lifeguards) to ensure the little ones stay safe.
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Doug's Cove Preserve
Directly across the street from Eastville is Doug's Cove Preserve, a small property managed by the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank.
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East Beach on Chappaquiddick
East Beach is a part of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Wasque Reservation located on Chappaquiddick or “Chappy.”
Right around the corner from Lighthouse Beach is Fuller Street Beach, accessible at the end of Fuller street with limited Handicap access.
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The famous Inkwell Beach is part of Oak Bluffs Town Beach. Since the 1800s the Inkwell Beach has long been a popular destination and it is beloved by many.
Joseph Sylvia State Beach
Joseph Sylvia State Beach is a two mile long barrier beach that runs alongside Beach Road, and protects Sengekontacket pond.
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Lake Tashmoo Town Beach
For views of the Elizabeth Islands and the North Shore of the island from Vineyard Haven, Lake Tashmoo Town Beach is also a popular spot open to the public.
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Lambert's Cove Beach is a coveted North Shore beach with crystal blue ocean views, soft white sand, and famously calm water.
Just a short walk from Main Street in downtown Edgartown is Lighthouse Beach. This iconic beach is at the entrance to Edgartown Harbor and Katama Bay.
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Long Point Wildlife Refuge
Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach is a vast secluded beach on the South Shore of the Island. This property is managed by the Trustees of Reservations.
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Menemsha Public Beach
Menemsha Public Beach is located in the heart of the Island's historic fishing village, Menemsha. It is the most iconic place on the island to watch the sunset.
Soft sand with large rocks, endless south facing ocean views, and the beautifully cliffs towering behind you create a truly majestic landscape on Moshup beach.
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Norton Point Beach is managed by the Trustees of Reservations, and is open for over sand driving, with proper permits.
Oak Bluffs Town Beach
Downtown Oak Bluffs offers access to Oak Bluffs Town Beach. This beach is just steps from the Oak Bluffs Steamship ferry terminal and Oak Bluffs harbor.
Just a short walk from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal in Vineyard Haven is Owen Park Beach and Tisbury Town Beach. These beaches are family friendly.
For a look at the open ocean, head out of town to rural Katama, home of South Beach (Katama Beach), and Norton Point Beach.
Squibnocket Beach is a Chilmark town beach located along the south shore. It is a popular place among surfers, and a legendary place for striped bass fishermen.