Oak Bluffs is a vibrant, historic town on Martha’s Vineyard perfect for both vacations and year-round living. Located on the northeast coast of the island, Oak Bluffs is easily accessible via ferries from Woods Hole (Falmouth, MA) and Hyannis, MA. There is also an Oak Bluffs ferry that runs to and from the neighboring island of Nantucket. The bustling island town of Oak Bluffs is known for its gingerbread-style homes, amazing restaurants, and gorgeous beaches.
While the town’s official name is Tisbury, most residents and visitors call this community Vineyard Haven thanks to the name of the popular ferry port on the town’s eastern shoreline. Vineyard Haven is the northernmost town on Martha’s Vineyard and offers the island’s only year-round access to the mainland via the Woods Hole ferry. The quaint shops and restaurants of Main Street are only a block from the bustling harbor.
Spanning 27 square miles, the historic town of Edgartown the largest on Martha’s Vineyard. Edgartown is bursting with charm thanks to the historic homes built for whaling captains over 200 years ago. The quaint neighborhoods are best explored on foot or bike so you can take time to notice the unique aspects of each building. The beaches in Edgartown are beautiful and State Beach and South Beach are two of the island’s most popular.
West Tisbury is known for its beautiful rural landscape and farmland, spanning 25 square miles which makes it the second largest town on the island. West Tisbury, along with the neighboring towns of Chilmark and Aquinnah are considered “Up-island.” Anyone who has been to West Tisbury knows that its lovely quiet roads and neighborhoods contrast with the busier and more touristy towns of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. West Tisbury has beautiful beaches on both the north and south coasts of the island.
Chilmark’s gorgeous rolling landscape and iconic villages. Located “Up-island,” Chilmark offers a quiet and laid-back lifestyle, as opposed to the bustling “Down-island” towns of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Chilmark is well-known as the setting of Menemsha, a charming fishing village which maintains its historic New England feel.
The town of Aquinnah is the westernmost town on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and it is known for its stunning oceanfront cliffs and the iconic Gay Head lighthouse. Aquinnah has a small year-round population of about 300-400 year-round residents but the population swells due to visitors in the summer.