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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 #6 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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Evanston, Illinois
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90 reviews 90 reviews
71 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I spent a week on Martha's Vineyard for 11 years during my 20s and never once went to this beach. I drove by it many times and assumed it wasn't a good beach because of all the parked cars lined up on the road. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I love this beach now. When you are... More

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FL
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

During peak season you better get there before 11 to get any parking spot. Rocky bottom the closer you get to the jumping bridge. I needed some beach aqua shoes to walk on the rocks. Sandy bottoms more toward the life guard area. Bring a umbrella if you plan to stay a while. Stop and pick Up some sandwiches from... More

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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134 reviews 134 reviews
41 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I imagine this beach gets very crowded in season, but in September, it was perfect! The beach is long and sandy. Water was super clear and calm--and in early September still just warm enough for swimming. Easy parking. Slightly loud because it's very close to the main road, but it also means lugging stuff to the beach is a breeze.

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New England
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

State Beach is a great place to do all the beach/water activities you could ever imagine doing on MV. The waves here are almost always mild, you can rent kayaks and go kite-boarding down by Little Bridge, and when the fishing is hot the albies and blues tear up the entire length of the beach and the night fishing for... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We rented mopeds and went around Martha's Vineyard and stopped by at this beach right next to the Jaws Bridge. The shoulder parking was very nice, since we could venture to the beach and still keep an eye on the mopeds. We flew kites and played frisbee and enjoyed the waters. It is a nice quiet beach and a nice... More

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78 reviews 78 reviews
46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Loved clean and relaxed atmosphere and watching the kids adventure jump into the waters just beneath the Memorial Bridge .... Where the movie Jaws was shot so many moons ago.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

White sand, great for families. Get here early to get a parking space. Parking can be challenging in August any time after 10 AM. Lifeguards on duty. No bathrooms, so be prepared.

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