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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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Great swimming for everyone!

This is the beach if you love to swim and play in the water. Always calm, gradual incline and lot's of room. Parking can be tricky, so either arrive early or later in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Fairfax, Vermont
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Fairfax, Vermont
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the beach if you love to swim and play in the water. Always calm, gradual incline and lot's of room. Parking can be tricky, so either arrive early or later in the afternoon. Wonderful place for small children and for teenagers there is Jumping Bridge. If you're a movie buff, this is the beach where the movie Jaw's... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our favorite beach out of the five we visited. Parking a bit tight but once you are there it's very relaxing and peaceful. Lot of shells but we wore sandals. No waves which made it great and about two feet deep.

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Greater Noida, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an excellent beach. Calm and serene. We had rented a car, and could not resist a stay, while travelling. One can spend good time here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful beach but no bathrooms. Sand is a little rocky but this beach is very convenient if you are staying in Oak Bluffs.

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach is very nice. Calm seas, not over crowded and clear water. You really can't ask for better but with no bathroom facilities it's difficult to stay for more than 3 hours. Also there isn't any restaurants which wasn't an issue for us but for our friends that were in a hotel was a bit difficult (although they did... More 

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El Cerrito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this beach! Sat on the beach all day, just relaxing. It was clean, water was a bit chilly, but it was so clear. Read and slept while I was in the 80+ and enjoyed every minute. Only downfall, was a guy smoking a cigar. I go to the beach for clean, crisp, fresh air and relaxation.

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Boston, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I come to MV year after year, this beach is convenient to park and walk from your car. There isn't a lot of beach width and its rocky with no bathroom access. It is also calm for kids, however if you are only in the Vineyard for a few hours I would make the trip out to a few of... More 

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We went here on Memorial Day weekend and chose this beach because it was so close to the Island Inn where we were staying. Parking wasn't a problem and there are many entrances and it is a very long beach. The water was pretty calm. Where we were I found it to be somewhat rocky and had to make a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Walked the beach and gather so many seashells & wonderful memories. Beautiful beach and great for picture taking and simply relaxing. Very close to the Island Inn.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

The main highlight here is jumping off the bridge, which is illegal, but not enforced. Be sure you watch others first so you know where to jump and how to climb out without getting hurt. Great fun!

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