AquinnahMartha's Vineyard. The bright, multi-colored clay cliffs at Gay Head are a fabulous sight. Aquinnah is home to the Wampanoag Tribe, residents of Martha's Vineyard for thousands of years and the majority population of the town. The town consists of sparsely developed bluffs surrounded by beaches.
West Basin Bike Ferryaddress: West Basin Road, AquinnahCarries bicycles and people, but not cars, between Menemsha and the Lobsterville part of Aquinnah. Operates summer only.
Martha's Vineyard Transit AuthorityThe #5 bus runs from West Tisbury through Chilmark to Gay Head, then loops along Lobsterville Road and back to Chilmark.
Gay Head Cliffsaddress: Aquinnah CirclePublic area adjacent to the lighthouse with spectacular views of the beach below, Vineyard Sound, and Cuttyhunk
phone: +1 508-645-2211address: Aquinnah CircleTours on summer evenings to see the sunset
Moshup BeachPay lots located on Moshup Trail just south of State Road, with beach access and a drop off spot located about 0.5 miles south of the pay lot. This beach stretches for over a mile along the southwestern end of the island, wrapping around the Gay Head Light. This beach is known for the picturesque clay cliffs that rise up from the edge of the beach. Nudity is common and tolerated on the northern end of the beach. Aquinnah police strictly enforce the ban on disturbing the clay cliffs, but do not enforce clothing requirements. Naked is OK, but covered in clay will get you in trouble.
Lobsterville BeachTwo miles of beach on the northern side of Aquinnah, which is more sheltered than Moshup Beach around to the south.
Philbin BeachLimited to Aquinnah residents.
Gay Head Moraineaddress: Lobsterville, Rd.Land Bank property for hiking, picnicking, birding.
Martha's Vineyard Leisure ChartersTake a tour of the magnificent cliffs from the water. Day trips for 1 to 6 people. Departs from Oak Bluffs. The adventurous may want to ask about their clay bath option, using imported French bentonite clay
- Stay off the cliffs and out of the clay. Both are illegal.
phone: +1 508 645-3511address: 81 Lighthouse RoadUpscale dining by reservation only