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Address: Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Description: This Oak Bluffs beach and surrounding area of colorful gingerbread...
This Oak Bluffs beach and surrounding area of colorful gingerbread Victorian houses have strong links to African-American heritage on Martha's Vineyard, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The beach was the setting for a teenage romance movie called "The Inkwell."
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Small, convenient from where we stayed

Pretty basic, small beach. Liked it most because it was directly across the street from the B&B we stayed at. Not a beach you would go out of your way for, but if you are staying... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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Acushnet, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Very nice sandy beach, well taken care of and very popular. From our B&B across the street we saw people on the beach as early as 5:30 am and up to well beyond sunset.

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San Antonio, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I loved the history of the spot. I did not like the actual beach and after visiting South Beach, I can see how the African Americans of Martha's Vineyard ended up at the Inkwell.

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Pretty basic, small beach. Liked it most because it was directly across the street from the B&B we stayed at. Not a beach you would go out of your way for, but if you are staying in Oak Bluffs and would rather not fight the crowds at State Beach this one is fine.

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Mystic, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This beach is three houses from our house rental and we love it! There is a sandbar thaf goes quite far out and we have seen striped bass just swimming around us, pretty cool. Lifeguards on duty during season. Perfect beach for little ones.

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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a great place to take a dip and people watch. Wear some water shoes though. It can be a little rocky. Also a very historic place

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

While not my favorite beach on the island, it's a tried and true place to have a dip in Oak Bluffs and to meet people staying in that town. It gets particularly crowded in August. More often than not, it can be dead calm particularly in July when the weather tends to be hotter on the island. Early mornings are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

They were renovating the beach while we were there so a good portion of it was closed but the location is great, water looked clear and with the renovations, there is plenty of space to spread out. It definitely wasn't crowded either, but probably will be later in the season.

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Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The beach is part of the Town of Oak Bluffs Public Beach and is well known for being the gathering place of African Americans for generations. The beach is perfectly located, however nature has taken a toll on the shoreline and it has become very rocky, beach shoes are a must in and out of the water.

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Bourne, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

we saw this inscription on one of the benches and felt it was true of this beach. when we were there it was cloudy and misting rain and we still enjoyed sitting watching the waves tumbling in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had heard about Inkwell Beach for most of my life and it was great to actually be there. It doesn't appear very different from any other beach but the history makes it special to me.

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Address: Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Martha's Vineyard  >  Oak Bluffs

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