Lets be honest… on a good beach day there really isn’t a reason to leave the sandy shores of Old Silver Beach. Because why would you want to?
BUT if you feel the need to adventure beyond our beautiful shores, the good news is that Sea Crest is conveniently located just a short drive from the Woods Hole ferries, making island-hopping to Martha’s Vineyard a breeze! All you need to do before setting sail is to check the Steamship Authority and the Falmouth-Edgartown ferry schedules, then book your trip and escape from shore!
Once you are on island, these is so much to do and see, starting with:
There are several public beaches that make the Vineyard the summer hub it is today. The popular South Beach in Edgartown is has both a placid salt water pond and a long sandy beach with rolling surf. Town Beach in Oak Bluffs is located right next to the ferry dock, allowing you to save time by immediately collapsing on the sandy shores right after arriving. There, you can watch the boats sail by and the ferries come into shore. Joseph Sylvia State Beach extends between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. It’s a public beach where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards and enjoy the calm waters, or maybe you’re bold enough to the plunge and jump off the famous Jaws bridge. If you feel like adventuring upisland to Moshup Beach, you can expect big waves with fun surf. The sandy spot also provides beautiful views of the multi-colored clay cliffs of Aquinnah. Just be sure to bring cash for parking ($5-$20).
There are five lighthouses on island, each of which has a rich history and reflect the personality of the town they are located in. An island favorite is the Edgartown Lighthouse. You can walk down to Lighthouse Beach to dip your toes in the ocean and watch the boats in the harbor come and go. Over on the western side of the island you can visit the Aquinnah Lighthouse. This lighthouse is perched above the colorful clay cliffs, and is so close to the precipice it was actually moved back to a safer location in 2015!
Fishing, windsurfing, and parasailing are some of the popular sports you can try in the Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s easy to rent the necessary equipment and training for such activities. Charters are also popular on the island, both fishing and recreational. Several outlets offer deep sea fishing, or right off the coast of the island – depending on what you’re interested in. If sailing is more your speed, you can catch a cruise around the Edgartown Harbor on the eye-catching Catboat Charters sailboat the Tigress (complete with American Flag decorated sails!)
And finally, here are few things we just love too much not to share…!
Biplane rides at the Katama Airfield- Get a whole new perspective of the island with a biplane ride with Classic Aviators. Different rides are offered based on how much of the island you want to see and if you want to do any flips! (Gulp!)
Gingerbread Cottages at the Campground- the famous campground located in the Oak Bluffs is home to a collection of teeny-tiny Victorian style cottages all grouped together. With all the bright colors and decorative porches, ones half expects your favorite storybook character to casually stroll out of one of the small houses!
Farm Tours at The Grey Barn- The Grey Barn is a working farm located Up-Island in Chilmark and is home to Dutch Milking cows and Berkshire Pigs. The organic farmstand is open from 7 am to 5 pm daily (where you can stock up on the best of the island’s meats, cheeses and fresh milk- their Prufrock cheese is legendary).