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Gay Head

Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Ranked #3 of 4 attractions in Aquinnah
Type: Beaches, Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a... more » Owner description: The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a national landmark. The lack of commercialism means a true escape and relaxation, but you'll need to bring food and supplies. « less
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Thomaston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The view of the Gay Cliffs and the lighthouse are wonderful, well worth the tour to see this. There are several small shops down the hill, and we just did not have enough time on the tour to look as much as we would have liked. We did buy Vineyard hoodies for $25.00, and that is a bargain for such... More

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Somers, CT
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

At the southwestern tip of Martha's Vineyard (Aquinnah), there is a lighthouse at Gay Head with lovely views, as well as another "point" a short walk further to see still more beach and ocean views. This is an area of Native American land, so there are a few shops and small food joints (and toilets for 50 cents!) that help... More

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Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Boston ,in itself,is a fantastic trip to take.I strongly advise you to buy a Boston Go Card.So many attractions for one price.Whale watching ( and we did see 5 ),a boat tour and best of all,the ferry to and from,Marthas Vineyard, were only 3 of the 51 attractions included in our 3 day Go Card.When on the island be sure... More

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Gay Head was one of the highlights of our trip. The cliffs are beautiful, and the lighthouse grabbed my heart. Walking the beach was fun, and I found lots of gorgeous wampum, better than we have on Cape Cod.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Gay Head Lighthouse stands precariously close to the edge of the cliff, the clay erodes off that cliff and into the ocean--and both symbolize the tenacious hold the Wampanoag Indians have on the land and the culture of Aquinnah. Martha's Vineyard offers loads of great experiences, and a trip up to Gay Head will open a whole new dimension. While... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Other then the cliffs, beach and the light house, which was closed, there is nothing much to do here. We took the #5 bus out to view the cliffs and the light house. That was all accomplished in less than 15 minuets. The bus operates hourly. The only other thing there was to do was to fork over 50 cents... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews 62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Knowing that we were going to MV, we knew that we had to visit Gay Head. It was a must see… We also knew that it was off-season so none of the shops will be open but that worked out in our favor. We had the whole area to ourselves. The view was awesome; the cliffs were simply picturesque to... More

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paisley, scotland
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105 reviews 105 reviews
30 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

it was a dark and stormy day and it was still wonderful! To be at the scene of Carly Simons famous concert on the 'yard was terrific. The area was well kept and free from rubbish etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

You haven't "seen" the Cliffs until you've walked along the beach around the point. The walk along Moshups Beach (named after the Wamponag being who created the island) is truly breathtaking. The shapes of the cliffs are wonderful and the colors of the clay are astounding. The walk is easiest at low tide, so Google the tides and plan your... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Colorful clay, the lighthouse and great views from the top of the cliff make this a must visit. As for swimming and sunning I prefer South Beach for the sand and the water temperature is warmer. There are loads of tourists at Gay Head aka Aquinnah Beach. We were hoping to be able to create paste with the clay as... More

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