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Address: Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this...

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.

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Biking to Gay Head lighthouse

Very beautiful, but not an easy ride. Very hilly. No bike path, but cars were very respectful of bikes on the rode. Great stops along the way. Recommend the Chilmark flee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Erica B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very beautiful, but not an easy ride. Very hilly. No bike path, but cars were very respectful of bikes on the rode. Great stops along the way. Recommend the Chilmark flee market & Chilmark Chocolates. Path to get to Acquinnah beach is long & wonderful! To walk below the biggest & best of the cliffs, access from the town beach... More 

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Thank Erica B
New Vernon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lighthouse and views on a clear day are really nice. Parking is very limited and again, the cops will not stand for idling! Well worth it to go inside the lighthouse and see the 360 degree views. Take lots of pictures. Ask lots of questions to the lighthouse keeper, she really knows her stuff!

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Thank Esqbaby
Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

OK so PBS just ran a special on the moving fo the lighthouse and gave more information in their 50 minute program than you need to know in a lifetime. Gay Head light is a fully functioning navigational aide. It commands the top of the clay cliffs yet there is little desire to climb to the top. If you do... More 

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Thank Adventurrer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place . Beach is beautiful . Always a great walk from parking area to beach. Going back again. Love the whole island.

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Thank Ruth B
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

If you like lighthouses and gorgeous views, this is the place. You can climb up inside this lighthouse all the way to the top, where the light revolves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Spent the afternoon visiting the lighthouse and beach at Aquinnah. Gorgeous day, beautiful surf and wonderful people. The view here at sunset was breathtaking! The fun part was walking the beach and talking to everyone we met. We also found ourselves in a swimsuit optional part of the beach and it was great, very liberating. We're already planning on visiting... More 

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Thank Penny W
Boylston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This lighthouse is located in Aquinnah close to Aquinnah Cliffs. A few years ago it was opened up to the public but this is not done very often. Nonetheless, it is very picturesque and well worth a visit.

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Thank Les F
Grayling, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I didn't expect to see such gorgeous scenery after leaving the busy town areas on Martha's Vineyard. Walk down the path to the beach and head up towards the bluff along the shoreline and you will run across some gorgeous orange stones that create a beautiful contrast to the blue ocean! You may also see naked people because it turns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

From high atop we could see across the clear blue water... and the long stretch of beach.... just beautiful....

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Thank beth l
Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

The area is among my favorite places on the island for the great , unspoiled beauty of the windswept cliffs. Prior to this visit the area close to the lighthouse was restricted due to erosion . In 2015 the lighthouse was moved and opened to visitors. There is a $ 5 admission fee at this site and it is worth... More 

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