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Address: btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Activities: Swimming, Biking
Description: 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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Parking is free at this beach, but it does get really crowded and sometimes finding a spot in the afternoon is hard. Easy walk up to the beach from parking since you park right... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Parking is free at this beach, but it does get really crowded and sometimes finding a spot in the afternoon is hard. Easy walk up to the beach from parking since you park right off the road next to the beach. The beach has calm waves and isn't rough but the water did have some little jelly fish all around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The State Beach was beautiful. We hung out and watched "Kite Boarding" for the first time and had a great time!! The beach is very clean.

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

There are several nice things about this beach. The first is free parking, if you can find a spot, and the parking is right along the beach so it is an easy walk to the shore. The beach has gentle waves and is perfect for young children, though there are a lot of pebbles so you may wish to bring... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It's a great beach for small kids. No waves. Very calm water. Sand is very course not soft like south beach.

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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I really loved this beach for its serenity and quietness. You have to get there early to get parking along the main Beach road. Access to the beach is quick along the path. The water was clear and calm. I didn't fell crowded at all and it was great location to watch the fireworks from.

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Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a great day on the beach it's very clean and the water was lovely. Hubby & kid's also enjoyed jumping off Jaws Bridge. Make sure you use plenty of sunscreen as there is a breeze and you don't realise you are getting the sun. We had a lovely picnic here and a nice swim in the sea.

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This beach had pretty calm water, especially considering it was open ocean. There was some seaweed at the very edge of the water, but once you got out a couple feet, the water was clear. Though, it did get deep fairly quickly. The sand was a little rocky, but there were lots of cool shells. Plenty of free, on-street parking... More 

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Rouses Point, New York
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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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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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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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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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Address: btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Martha's Vineyard  >  Oak Bluffs

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