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Inkwell Beach

Address: Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Oak Bluffs
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Owner description: This Oak Bluffs beach and surrounding area of colorful gingerbread Victorian houses have strong...
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Owner description: 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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English first
Bourne, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Somerset, New Jersey
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Was fortunate enough to rent a house right in front of Inkwell Beach. Inkwell is a nice beach to meet friends, old and new. It is worth a trip to this historic beach while in MV.

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Woodbridge
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

When I was a little girl, the Inkwell was a part the beach that was segregated (meaning for black people only). Thank God times have changed & everyone is visiting the Inkwell. The gave it 3 stars because this beach has always been rocky, so wear your beach shoes ok?

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is the beach you can see when you come in on the Steamship Authority boat. It's across from the park and near to restaurants and stores in Oak Bluffs. Not the best beach on MV, but easily accessible. No charge.

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Oneonta, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Ink Well beach is very convenient to walk to. The beach is clean and there is a life guard on duty. Like the mix of families and groups just having fun.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The beach was not marked so it wasn't clear at first where the Inkwell actually began and ended. Glad those days are over, it's the rockiest and most shallow area of the beach.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Do not expect much but expect everything. The Ink Well Beach is just an ordinary beach but knowing the history of this grand beach always makes me feel at home. Once again, no hype and hooplah, no fancy signs and lights, just a small section of beach that our ancestors and forefathers walked and laughed in peace.

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North Scituate, Rhode Island
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Hanging out at Inkwell Beach on a hot day is the coolest place to be! Walking distance from downtown Oak Bluffs, and the hot Russian guys on the beach were incredible!

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Vieques
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The inkwell is just a block from where I live in the summers and it is the most convenient, easy to get to beach in oak bluffs. It's great for those just over for the day, as no transportation is needed. It's very close to circuit avenue and all the bars and restaurants of ob. Very easy to just chill... More 

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