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Itinerary for a day...

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Itinerary for a day...

Hello - My friend and I are taking the ferry to Oak Bluffs for a day next week and leaving by 8pm. We would like to see as much of Martha's Vineyard as we can. Should we rent a car and drive ourselves around, or take a tour? What are the must-do's on the island? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Itinerary for a day...

The guided bus tour which you can take from the ferry dock is very good and takes you to all the points of interest in a couple of hours which leaves you time to explore Oak Bluffs when you get back. The bus does not go right into the town at Edgartown which is a lovely place to spend some time so you could take the local bus or a taxi and go back there for a while. Or of course you could rent a car as you suggested and do your own thing.

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2. Re: Itinerary for a day...

The island has a lot to offer and is tough to cover in one day. Each town is different. In my opinion renting a car would be a good idea - you can't get lost and that way you'll do more than see the island.

You could arrive at Oak Bluffs go for a walk on Circuit Avenue , or head down by the harbor where the shops, bars and restaurants are, then pick up the car and drive to Vineyard Haven (it's close, but not walking distance), go to the Black Dog for lunch (VH is dry and the BD is therefore BYOB so buy something in Oak Bluffs if you partake).

After lunch drive back through Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. It's a short 10-15 minutes along the water. In Edgartown there are lots of shops. Go for a walk on North Summer Street and check out the old captains houses. One word of caution is that a car can be expensive, so a taxi might also work.

Alternatively, if you really like tours then do that, you'll get to see Aquinnah with the lighthouse and cliffs. Or, if you like to bike, in the Vineyard it's easier than walking. The island's flat and you can get from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown in less than an hour. Some friends of ours did this and enjoyed the experience. It's more like a leisurely stroll than work.