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Inkwell Beach

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Address: Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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This Oak Bluffs beach and surrounding area of colorful gingerbread...

This Oak Bluffs beach and surrounding area of colorful gingerbread Victorian houses have strong links to African-American heritage on Martha's Vineyard, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The beach was the setting for a teenage romance movie called "The Inkwell."

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A morning with the Polar bears

So convenient, easy to navigate Extremely convenient and perfect for just lounging at the beach! The Ayer was delightful even after hurricane Hermine!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
cheryls1152
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So convenient, easy to navigate Extremely convenient and perfect for just lounging at the beach! The Ayer was delightful even after hurricane Hermine!

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Windsor, Connecticut
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The wedding that we attended this weekend was held on Inkwell Beach....this was the perfect location...beautiful spot!

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Valley Cottage, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beach was average at best, nice that it was walkable and conveniently accessible from hotels and other attractions. Not a lot of sand and very rocky getting into the water. It was for the most part clean, what dampened the atmosphere of the beach was large groups of people who would come and blast their boom boxes, spoiling the relaxing... More 

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is rare to walk to the cold ocean and come out feeling warm inside. This was a unique exercise experience that I look forward to again.

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Scotts Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach is excellent for small children. It is about a 10 minute walk from the Oak Bluffs ferry terminal. The beach is somewhat rocky with shells but the water is very clean and shallow. You can wade out quite a ways and out to a sand bar that has no rocks. Perfect for small children. If you walk down... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inkwell has a pretty complex history to it, including its name which was originally intended to be an insult about the African America residents who swam in its waters. Today it's a great example of how diverse Oak Bluffs past was and hopefully what Martha's Vineyard is becoming, with a cornucopia of cultures and ethnic groups taking advantage of its... More 

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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed across the street from Inkwell Beach at Isabella's Beach House, which I strongly recommend. We were greeted each morning with a beautiful east facing sunrise. Each morning the ladies of Inkwell Polar Bears have an exercise circle in the water which is wonderful to watch. In addition there is a Yoga class that takes place. What more could... More 

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Highlands, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was not my first time to MV but it was my first time to inkwell. We were drawn to the beach by interest in the rituals of the famous Polar Bears. To wake up in time for the 7:30am waterworks exercise was a challenge - but we did it...and it was worth it. We were three generations of women... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For African-Americans, this beach represents a rich history in over-coming over-whelming odds and carving out tradition despite racism, discrimination, and obstruction to opportunity. The beach is devoid of commercialism, surprisingly small, and perfectly dotted with folks from all walks of life. The morning ritual is a sight to behold--polar bears, over 60, gather to pay homage to the ancestors at... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach is very peaceful and serene. the water is very calm in this area. There were lots of people on the beach enjoying the peace and tranquility of being by the ocean.

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