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Address: btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Small waves, low dunes and lots of seashells make this narrow, two-mile...

Small waves, low dunes and lots of seashells make this narrow, two-mile stretch of public beach popular with families. The beach runs between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, and is called "Bend-in-the-Road Beach" on the Edgartown side.

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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 nice day in August!) Rarely rough seas, shallow long sandy bottom. Go to Big... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 for boat traffic...)

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Aboyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Scotts Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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. The pond has kayak and paddle board rentals. The beach has the Jaws bridge you... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a lifeguard and of course the kids will like to jump off the famous Jaws... More 

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New York City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

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Harrisburg PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Fairfax, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 Jumping Bridge. If you're a movie buff, this is the beach where the movie Jaw's... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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.

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