There are three things that Martha’s Vineyard is known for:
Unfortunately, having a car on the island can get frustrating when you have to sit in an hour of traffic just to get to the beach. Or when you have to drive around for 45 minutes to find a parking spot that is halfway to the next town over.
But there are some beautiful, scenic drives that are well worth having a car on the island for.
1. State Beach Road
This road connects Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. But it does way more than just that! It takes you through State Beach and the views are unbelievable. I always go out of my way to drive this stretch of road.
With water on either side of the road and only sand dunes and grass separating you from those waters it’s something out of a movie…. Catch my reference? It also happens to be where much of the movie Jaws was filmed.
As the sun is setting the colors are magical and you can typically see some kite surfers practicing their moves.
Go slow. There are always families on this beach!
2. East Chop
Have an itch to see some houses you will probably never be able to afford with views that are priceless? East Chop can fulfill both of these.
It is located near the Martha’s Vineyard hospital in Oak Bluffs and is super easy to find.
With it’s own lighthouse, the East Chop drive can’t get much more New Englandy. The houses are all immaculate, cedar-planked and HUGE!
Crawl along at 5-10mph because there are often walkers, runners, families, and dogs. The water is also within feet of the road so a stray wheel could be disaster. But other than that it’s a really scenic drive!
3. West Chop
The second of the two ‘chops’ it’s very similar to it’s sister: East Chop. This one is located more west, in Vineyard Haven and also has it’s own lighthouse.
There’s a little different of a feel to west chop that I tend to like more. It has a more hippie, secluded feel. Like the residents aren’t trying to show off like East Chop houses are.
I don’t know, you take both drives and let me know if I’m crazy!
4. Edgartown- West Tisbury Road -> South Road
This one is where direction matters. Start in Edgartown and take this road to Aquinnah. This is also a great drive to be the passenger for!
Unlike State Beach Road, these water views are short sweet but gorgeous none-the-less. You round a corner on this road and are rewarded with a view out of a storybook.
There is one area that dips down and opens up to a little bay with sailboats and green hills surrounding. When you finally get a view of Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah you will understand why this drive is one of the best I’ve experienced.
What are some of your favorite drives?