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“It's the BEACH......” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach
Ranked #10 of 36 things to do in Oak Bluffs
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“It's the BEACH......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

During peak season you better get there before 11 to get any parking spot. Rocky bottom the closer you get to the jumping bridge. I needed some beach aqua shoes to walk on the rocks. Sandy bottoms more toward the life guard area. Bring a umbrella if you plan to stay a while. Stop and pick Up some sandwiches from one of the many sandwich shops around. Bring headphones cause when it's crowded you can drown out all the noisy people. LOVE the beach.

Visited August 2013
Thank lisaandandyFL
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English first
Waltham, Massachusetts
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167 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Calm, clear water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I imagine this beach gets very crowded in season, but in September, it was perfect! The beach is long and sandy. Water was super clear and calm--and in early September still just warm enough for swimming. Easy parking. Slightly loud because it's very close to the main road, but it also means lugging stuff to the beach is a breeze.

Visited September 2013
Thank fuzzypinkbunny
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New England
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151 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Long, spacious, and good fishing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

State Beach is a great place to do all the beach/water activities you could ever imagine doing on MV.

The waves here are almost always mild, you can rent kayaks and go kite-boarding down by Little Bridge, and when the fishing is hot the albies and blues tear up the entire length of the beach and the night fishing for stripers off Big Bridge is outstanding.

Pack for the day, have a picnic and have fun!

Visited September 2013
3 Thank David J H
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Moped to the Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We rented mopeds and went around Martha's Vineyard and stopped by at this beach right next to the Jaws Bridge. The shoulder parking was very nice, since we could venture to the beach and still keep an eye on the mopeds. We flew kites and played frisbee and enjoyed the waters. It is a nice quiet beach and a nice way to unwind in the afternoon with a picnic lunch.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank V R
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Right near Jaws Bridge !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Loved clean and relaxed atmosphere and watching the kids adventure jump into the waters just beneath the Memorial Bridge .... Where the movie Jaws was shot so many moons ago.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank oh2good
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