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Address: btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Small waves, low dunes and lots of seashells make this narrow, two-mile...

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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Long lovely beach between MV most vibrant towns

You can't miss State Beach as it's the direct route from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. You can drive, take a bus, or ride a bike or scooter along it and park many a place. Our favorite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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108 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

You can't miss State Beach as it's the direct route from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. You can drive, take a bus, or ride a bike or scooter along it and park many a place. Our favorite activity at this beach was to ride over to it with snacks and drinks and watch the sun set every evening.

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Newark, New Jersey
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The end of summer fireworks display is a site to behold. Get there (and to the bathroom) early because the grounds will soon fill with locals and tourists. I was fortunate to hook-up with some seasoned vacationers who knew the best spot and time to arrive. They were the best! You can't beat watching fireworks over the ocean!

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Easy to get to, quiet waves for little children, State Beach is great for the elderly as well, as there is handicap access. Not for teens, although jumping off of the "Jaws" bridge is a MUST do for them.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Very skinny strip of sand to lay out on but the water is perfectly warm and deep to swim in. There is a bridge that goes over the mouth of a pond that empties into the ocean that everyone jumps off of -- do it! Oh, and of course, part of Jaws was filmed here.

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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The beach here is beautiful, it's where Jaws, the movie was filmed. It has beautiful clear blue water and pretty shells washing up on the shores. A great place to sun yourself or take a dip!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

One of my favorite beaches on the Island. This beach is huge. Easy access from the main road and a very short walk to the water. Love swimming here because the water is calm. Famous for jumping off the bridge...I recommend it

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Nostalgic to watch folks jump off the Jaws Bridge ! Fun to see where the great Jaws movie was filmed. Beautiful beach, lots of people and gorgeous waters. Life guard station at one end but most of the beach was not monitored.

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Rowayton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

We recently visited State Beach with our grandchildren and were reminded of how perfect it is for families. The drive-up access means no long treks across dunes with equipment. The long, long stretch of crescent beach from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs means there always is space to spread a blanket and the view of the Cape across the Bay provides... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This was a hoot. Three of us -- the youngest pushing 40 -- jumped off Jaws Bridge today. I wasn't even sure I'd be able to haul my ample middle-aged backside over the railing, but I did it, and made the 15-20 foot drop into the cool, clean water below. It seems to be plenty deep -- at least at... More 

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great beach with lots of space for relaxing. The water is warm and you don't have to go way off the beach to go swimming. Kids loved jumping off the Jaws Bridge the best. Very easy to get to by bus or bike from Oak Bluffs.

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