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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 14 attractions in Oak Bluffs
Type: Beaches
Activities: Swimming, Biking
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... more » 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. « less
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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216 reviews 216 reviews
75 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is by far the best beach here. It is a good long stretch of clean sand, and smaller waves. Get there early in summer as it tends to fill up very quickly. If you prefer less crowded, visit later at night with a pizza and enjoy. Right on the public transportation route also. You can leave your car behind... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
82 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

With an 11 and 12 year old in tow, we wanted a beach which would give them the opportunity to swim and have room to roam, while offering the adults a comfortable, attractive beach with space to stretch out. After our first day tour of the island we decided that State Beach (Joseph Sylvia) fit the bill. Our tour driver... More

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Westminster, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Reminds me when they were filming JAWS here when I was a young boy. Great place to visit, just be careful the hermit crabs will nip your toes !

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Loads of sand and just the kind of ocean swim you want without any big waves. You can actually swim here and it's a great place to bring an umbrella and picnic lunch and spend the day. Other Vineyard beaches are also great, but this is the one I go to most often. Parking in summer can be tough though.

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