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Joseph Sylvia State Beach

btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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The best public island beach for calmer surf and easy access. Life guards at the east end.

This beach is about 1.5-2.0 miles long with easy access and parking (IF YOU GET THERE EARLY on a... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
RFClark
A perfect beach for families with young children!

A wonderful beach for young children - a level sandy beach leading to gentle waters. Ample... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
katamadelight
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Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
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“jaws bridge” (13 reviews)
“great beach” (9 reviews)
“clear water” (2 reviews)
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btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This beach is about 1.5-2.0 miles long with easy access and parking (IF YOU GET THERE EARLY on a nice day in August!) Rarely rough seas, shallow long sandy bottom. Go to Big Bridge (shown in Jaws) and jump off into the channel. Watch out...More

Thank RFClark
Reviewed 4 October 2016

A wonderful beach for young children - a level sandy beach leading to gentle waters. Ample parking, easily accessed by VTA and bicycle from Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. A tranquil alternative to the surf of South Beach.

Thank katamadelight
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Came here mainly to see the Jaws bridge. Didn't see much beach but maybe we were there at the wrong time of day!

Thank Suzanne L
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We spent two days on this beach during our trip to Martha's Vineyard. It was possible to ride bikes there on the bike path from Oak Bluffs. The beach is very scenic, it is on a small strip of land between the ocean and pond....More

Thank Jocelyn L
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Really can't describe the experience, its the best beach on the Vineyard for families! Its just beautiful ! Warm Nantucket water! Setting is gorgeous. Water on both sides of the road. Go to the area where they call bend in the road.No bathrooms, they have...More

Thank dem7800
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Great time at this beach. It's beautiful clean and has a few pebbles but it's one of the best on the island. Parking is usually pretty decent too.

Thank goodlawgirl
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This is the beach where everyone is jumping from the Jaws Bridge. That alone makes it fun. It's kind of rocky and could use some facilities, but I really liked it and would go back.

Thank FitnessMandy
Reviewed 3 August 2016

I love this beach. The water is clear and warm. Waves are gentle. Lots of sand space even when big crowds. I love to swim the length of the beach. So nice. 3-4pm is lovely and parking is easy then.

Thank amysellke
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This is the beach if you love to swim and play in the water. Always calm, gradual incline and lot's of room. Parking can be tricky, so either arrive early or later in the afternoon. Wonderful place for small children and for teenagers there is...More

Thank FairfaxFoodies
Reviewed 28 July 2016

This was our favorite beach out of the five we visited. Parking a bit tight but once you are there it's very relaxing and peaceful. Lot of shells but we wore sandals. No waves which made it great and about two feet deep.

Thank brent j
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demartino826
What beach is closest toVineyard Haven
7 April 2017|
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Response from RFClark | Reviewed this property |
From Vineyard Haven, the nearest beach is Owen Park, just north of the ferry slips, on the west side of the harbor. There is a lifeguard during the summer. No waves. Toward Oak Bluffs, the nearest is Eastville Beach... More
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Kirsten L
How far away is this from where the Island Queen ferry drops us off?
30 December 2014|
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Response from WendyJake927 |
If the Island Queen ferry is coming into Oak Bluffs, you will be about @10 - 15 minutes away from the beach - it is a straight shot down Beach Road where the ferry docks, with taxis and bus service from the area. If you are... More
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