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Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

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The Martha's Vineyard Museum is privileged to be the steward of three of the Island's lighthouses. The East Chop, Edgartown, and Gay Head lighthouses are not only historic reminders of a bygone age, but are working beacons that still send a light...more
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Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
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All reviews gay head the cliff light house clay cliffs martha's vineyard parking is limited views are spectacular historic lighthouse worth the trip small fee walk up admission fee beautiful spot open to the public take pictures new england nude beach
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifully restored by a historical grant- functioning lighthouse you can see from Gay head cliffs and an easy walk.

Thank askinsdunn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a neat stop. You definitely need to see it if you are in Martha’s Vineyard. A beautiful old lighthouse. Amazing views of the shore and ocean.

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Watched the sunset from this location after finding it early in the day. The view is beautiful in the rain, when it’s calm and the sun is out. I’d have to say it’s the most beautiful when the sun goes down!

Thank susanrP5208YX
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Not as impressive now that the lighthouse has been moved back due to the eroding cliffs but still worth the visit. The beach walk is really nice if you are not deterred by the thought of the walk back up the cliff. Last and most...More

Thank NutbushNewbie
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

History shines from this old light house. Surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic and the clay cliffs above the beach this area begs to be visited. Easy access. Easy walk to light house. Small price to walk up inside light house. Gift shop...More

Thank Randall M
Reviewed September 4, 2018

I would send everyone to see these cliffs. Stunning and there is a lighthouse as well. Loved the little stores. There is a beach to visit but I did not have the opportunity to go.

Thank Donna M
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Great site on the island, a must stop ! The red clay cliffs really accent the lighthouse. Six dollars gets you to the top.

1  Thank ihatecats
Reviewed August 14, 2018

Also --- if you like to be in the 'buff' ---- the nude beach is right before you go around the bend to the cliffs!

1  Thank Jill A
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We drove to gay head mid day on what I thought was going to be a beautiful day. It took us about 30-40 minutes from Edgartown. As soon as we arrived, the clouds started rolling in. Thank goodness it didn’t start pouring until about an...More

Thank GlobetrotterBella
Reviewed August 10, 2018

This destination on the vineyard is the reason we took a vehicle over by ferry although you can get to it by bus, it 18 miles from Oaks Bluff and it takes about 40 minutes on single lane roads at low speeds. The island is...More

1  Thank Michelle G
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