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Joseph Sylvia State Beach

btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Oak Bluffs
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Biking
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Owner description: Small waves, low dunes and lots of seashells make this narrow, two-mile stretch of public beach popular with families. The beach runs between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, and is called "Bend-in-the-Road Beach" on the Edgartown side.

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Rouses Point, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

fishing was good and walking the beaches was easy to do. Parking was available at whatever point you stopped.

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New Preston, CT
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Loved this beach, nice to swim in, barely any waves. Easy walk from free parking. Can't wait to return.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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287 reviews 287 reviews
48 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful summer beach- accessible, sandy and crystal clear water! Great for families, or for a stop after the store. Don't miss it!!

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Wading River, New York
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123 reviews 123 reviews
54 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited on a very overcast day ... the kind of beach days I like :) We were able to park on the side of the road and walk about 25 feet to where we setup. Water was very calm and everyone around us was very nice.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have been coming to this beach for over 50 years. Sand great, short walk from free parking. Get there early, it fills up by noon. Gentle waves, wonderful for everyone together in and out of the water. It is just heaven!

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Woodbridge
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Most of the beaches are very rocky, so wear your beach shoes. You may have to to go out to Gayhead or Chappaquiddick to escape some of the rocks. The water is rather cold it all of the beaches in Martha's Vineyard. It's always been that way. I love it here. This is not Florida people.

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New York City, New York
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272 reviews 272 reviews
86 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were staying in Oak Bluffs but took the bus to this beach. It has no facilities but its quiet, and beautiful. It was one of our best days on the island.

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Durham, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This beach was a great place to go with our 1 year old son. Parking on the street allows easy access onto the sand. Little to no waves make this calm beach a great place for little ones to go in the water.

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Buffalo, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Three families were visiting Martha's Vineyard for the day with 7 children between the ages of 10 and 15. This filled the bill for part of the day. All of the kids LOVED jumping off the "Jaws Bridge" which is about 15 foot above the water (despite signs saying no jumping off the bridge). It is between Oak Bluffs and... More

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Rocky River, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This beach is very convenient to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. You can rent various water craft (kayak, paddle board, windsurfer) here and there is a food stand during high volume times. Great for the younger ones to at since the waves are fairly calm most days. I love the kayaking and it's calm enough to get the kids out... More

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