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Gay Head

Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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This beautiful lighthouse allows admission to tourists (fee of $6 as of July 2018), all the way up... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
WCDeb
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Awesome trip to the end of the island

Drive to Gay Head and look around, but then try to find a boat over the very little island... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Coastman3
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Palo Alto, California
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The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a national landmark. The lack of commercialism means a true escape and relaxation, but you'll need to bring food and supplies.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This beautiful lighthouse allows admission to tourists (fee of $6 as of July 2018), all the way up to the light chamber. The top allows gorgeous views of the Aquinnah Cliffs and the surrounding area. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable -- highlighting several facts...More

Thank WCDeb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drive to Gay Head and look around, but then try to find a boat over the very little island: Cuttyhunk Island, which a journey back in time.

Thank Coastman3
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

It's a short walk to the overlook, which allows you to see the gorgeous landscape and beach. There isn't much to it, but if you are already in the area, it's worth a stop.

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

My husband and I decided to spend the first warm day of Spring on Martha's Vineyard, and we visited Gay Head Lighthouse on the western end of the island per a friend's recommendation. The lighthouse is only open seasonally, and was closed when we visited,...More

Thank Ashton S
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

One of the best public beaches on the island, incredible unusual landscape - the clay cliffs are a true gem - and the historic lighthouse and views from above are worth the trip.

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

While there isn't much to do in this area, if you are already at Martha's Vineyard you really need to check this place out. Depending on where you are driving in from it can be a bit of a drive (It's around 40 minutes from...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

This is a somewhat remote section of the Vineyard where you will find the lighthouse which was recently moved by rail to keep it from falling off the cliff.You can climb to the top for a great view of Cape Cod Bay and the famous...More

Thank Joseph L
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We drove west from Edgartown to Gay Head on the advice of our son-in-law who grew up in Connecticut. I had no idea why he advised us to go there, but it turned out to be a great stop on our tour. The lighthouse sits...More

Thank yajiprof
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

The view of the ocean from Gay Head is terrific and broad! One can catch glimpses of the colorful cliffs, but it is worth making your way to the beach to view the cliffs from the bottom. (Truly spectacular!)

Thank Callisto S
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

It's well worth the walk. We usually spend most of our beach time on the Vineyard there. The cliffs and the beach are amazing. Good surf at times.

Thank Alan Q
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Jacobds42
3 August 2017|
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Response from SecondPlace | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is the only clothing optional public beach in the area that I am aware of . It is not officially declared as such, but no one will bother you if you decide to bare all....only the first several hundred feet is the... More
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Biswa M
27 May 2017|
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Response from Nides A | Reviewed this property |
Just follow the map of Marthas Vineyard. It's on the tip town of Aquinah you wont miss it.Has a great view,shops. Happy traveling.
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Victoria B
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Yes, leashed.
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