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Great views from on high!

The view of the ocean from Gay Head is terrific and broad! One can catch glimpses of the colorful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Callisto S
S. Natick, MA
One of the best beaches in the US

It's well worth the walk. We usually spend most of our beach time on the Vineyard there. The cliffs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alan Q
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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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“small shops” (6 reviews)
“nude beach” (8 reviews)
Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Blue water, stunning beach and amazing seaside cliffs. Oh and don't forget the nearby lighthouse. How to spend a lovely day or even a short visit. Only caveat is to pay attention to the schedule if you're riding the public bus or you may be...More

Thank telade
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like lighthouses, been up several so for $10 it really was not necessary or worth it to me. The walk-up near and around is really nice and worth it, there's a beautiful view 360 degrees, high up, you can set the cliffs, some local...More

Thank Rachael12345OakRidge
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have a sticker to get into the private part of Gay Head beach. After hanging around for a while, I decided to go get food in the little village. However, I could not find the beach's exit, and instead happened upon a nude beach....More

1  Thank Claudia L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you for saving this National Historic Treasure. We watched the PBS documentary when it was moved and saved. It bought back so many memories when I started visiting, digging the clay from the cliffs from 65 years ago. Such an amazing treasure!!!

Thank gullahgullah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saved Gay Head for our last day of a 2 week Vineyard vacation. Unfortunately, it was very rainy and windy that day, but it was still a nice visit. Because the rain was so heavy we decided to stop in the museum that is...More

1  Thank Kim C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful location on the up land part of the island. Located on the most southwestern part of the island on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Nice story about how they moves the entire structure about 150 feet inland away from the crumbling cliff. Beautiful location...More

Thank mybav60
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing view from the top of the light house. At the bottom before you go in the people in charge give you some background info about the area and the light house and warn you about not looking into the light! The entrance fee is...More

Thank thecriticgj_
Reviewed 24 July 2017

The first lighthouse in America I have been told. It is only open set times but you can enjoy it just from the outside as well. It sits just at the edge of the famous cliffs of Gay Head.

Thank steven d
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3 August 2017|
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Response from SecondPlace | Reviewed this property |
Turn right at end of moshup trail onto Zacks beach. It is the only public beach on thei island that allows nude bathing and swimming, by tradition. Whether you choose to go clothed or nude, it is the most awesome feeling... More
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.
12 June 2016|
Response from HvPssptWilTrvl | Reviewed this property |
Yes, leashed.