Martha's Vineyard Information

Island Town

The 100 square miles of Martha’s Vineyard are home to six separate towns which have evolved six unique personalities since the first arrival of English settlers to the Island in 1642. The Island, with its beautiful beaches, nature preserves and historic villages, is a magical place to visit at any season. But one of the most unexpected delights for many newcomers is the rich variety and unique charms of Martha's Vineyard six individual towns.


The unspoiled charm of Martha's Vineyard is probably best exemplified by the many scenic beaches located here. The beaches vary from protected, shallow, clear-water stretches on the northern and eastern sides of the Island to expanses of rumbling surf along the south side. Some beaches are open to the public without restriction, while others are reserved for residents and summer visitors who are staying in the towns where the beaches are located. To use these town beaches, one needs a parking and/or beach permit. Permits can be obtained by contacting the town hall in the appropriate community.


The Jewel of New England sits a mere 5 miles off the southern coast of Massachusetts. With a rich history, thriving culture, and miles of seemingly endless beaches, it’s no question why Martha’s Vineyard is such a popular destination. It’s hard to list them all, but MVOL presents this handy summary of the major island attractions.