Because of migratory bird nesting, there are often closures for vehicles on these beaches, so be sure to reference the Trustees Website before you plan a drive on the beach.
East Beach is a part of the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Wasque Reservation located on Chappaquiddick or “Chappy.” Take one of the world's shortest ferry crossings via the Chappy Ferry from downtown Edgartown to Chappaquiddick island to visit this secluded and expansive beach.
Chappaquiddick is an extremely rural island (or peninsula depending on the tides and shoreline) that is part of Edgartown. There are no stores or major facilities on Chappaquiddick, so be sure to stock up before you make the ferry crossing. Cape Poge offers desolate stretches of beaches that go on for miles and miles. It's a place you can go any time of year and feel like having your own private beach on Martha's Vineyard.
Also managed by the Trustees of Reservations, there are Over-Sand-Vehicle Permits available for Cape Poge. Drive to iconic Cape Poge Light for exceptional views. This secluded area can make you feel as though you are thousands of miles from civilization, an amazing place to get away from the crowds and soak in some solitude.
You can also walk onto this beach without a vehicle from Dike Bridge. There is limited parking at Dike Bridge, and nearby Mytoi Japanese Gardens, which are also worth a visit! The gardens are handicap accessible, however beyond the bridge there are no facilities of any kind, just vast wild stretches of beach, and pond.