This is a very remote part of the island - and it takes a LONG time to get out there -- it might not look that way on the map, but it is! We came here in mid-April, which is still the off season. We used the bus to get around the island...HUGE mistake. The bus to get out here at this time of year has a very infrequent schedule. I know what you're thinking, "Read the bus map!" right? Have you ever LOOKED at the MVTA bus map? It's incredibly confusing for such a small island. I am perfectly comfortable taking public transportation in any city, and I could not figure this out.
The bus ride took a good HOUR to get here from Edgartown. Once here, the driver dropped us off. I asked when the next bus came and he said, "I don't know. Check the schedule but I'll probably be back in an hour"
Ok. Fine. We can explore the lighthouse, take pics of the cliffs, etc.
So we did that. The cliffs are beautiful but it was just too windy to really enjoy them. There's really no walking trails that I could find to get down to the beach, but like I said, it was just too windy.
The lighthouse was closed but being the rebels that we are, we walked right around the sign to take some pics. After snapping some pics of the lighthouse and cliffs, we were ready to go.
Headed back to the bus stop to try to make sense of the schedule (I repeat, MVTA bus schedules are unnecessarily confusing and I consider myself a public transportation expert!) Once we figured it out, we realized we were stranded here for another 2.5 hours. Yes, 2.5 HOURS.
Now, this wouldn't be so bad in the summer - there's some shops and a restaurant up here, but we're here in April and nothing's open. Even the public restrooms (which they CHARGE MONEY for - 50 cents -- were closed and I had to go).
It was cold, windy and we were stranded. Tried calling a cab, but it's $60 (!!!! SIXTY DOLLARS) to get back to the ferry in Vineyard Haven. We camped out by the bus stop and I decided to suck it up and try to hitchhike a ride back.
Luckily a nice couple saw us (this bus stop is near a parking lot) and gave us a ride back to Vineyard Haven. Without them, we might've even missed the last ferry out!
So again, learn from my experience. Do NOT attempt this in the off season if you are taking the bus -- unless you like to be stranded outside for a few hours.
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