Ferry Rides, Sun Poisoning, Nude Beaches, and More Narragansett in Martha’s Vineyard

Shot from the ferry to MV, in Hyannis harbor.

Shot from the ferry to MV, in Hyannis harbor.

To read about the first days of my Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard trip, click here or here.

Saturday morning we woke up nice and early, so that we’d be on time for the two hour ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard. We opted for the 9am ferry, which, by the time we got situated, grabbed lunch, and got the rental car I’d already reserved (we used MV Auto Rentals, located a convenient 200 yards from the dock), meant that we’d be ready to start exploring the island by noon.

Ferry seat view-it may look boring, but there was a rather well lubricated older couple in front of us having a great time.

Ferry seat view-it may look boring, but there was a rather well lubricated older couple in front of us having a great time.

Hyannis is actually the main ferry hub for Nantucket, and most of the ferries departing from its docks head there. Nearby Woods Hole is where most of the ferries bound to Martha’s Vineyard leave out of (there are also ferries that leave out of Rhode Island and NYC), and if you’re going to take a vehicle, this is your only option (you also have to reserve a spot pretty far in advance-by the time we looked into this, all the weekend spots were filled). The ferries in Hyannis, are passenger only, and only travel to Oaks Bluff, one of the two wet towns on the island, which is obviously why we’d be staying there.

Better view.

Better view.

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First view of Vineyard Haven. At this point the boat stopped to let another out of the harbor-we bobbed like hell-first time in my life I was ever seasick.

First view of Vineyard Haven. At this point the boat stopped to let another out of the harbor-we bobbed like hell-first time in my life I was ever seasick.

I enjoyed the ferry ride-there’s seats on the top deck so that you can enjoy the weather and views, although there’s plenty of room inside. The ferry we rode on even had a bar, however I didn’t’ indulge, as Katelyn and Kristal were both seasick the entire time, and drinking alone on vacation is just depressing. Plus, I did nap for most of the voyage, which only contributed to the worsening reddening of my skin.

Downtown Vineyard Haven.

Downtown Oaks’s Bluff.

For those of you terribly ill informed, Martha’s Vineyard is an approximately 100 square mile island located just off of Cape Cod. The island is accessed via ferry or airport, and primarily known as a summer colony for the well-to do, especially the political-Jackie Kennedy had a home there, and both the Clintons and Obamas vacation there often. Jim Belushi is buried in Chilmark, and Jimmy Buffet has a home on the island. Oaks Bluff, as mentioned is one of the “wet” towns on the island, and the main ferry hub from Hyannis, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Our rental car, with the Gay's Head Lighthouse in the background. I was a big failure with pictures on the ride to the beach on account of the bad mood the GPS put me in.

Our rental car, with the Gay’s Head Lighthouse in the background. I was a big failure with pictures on the ride to the beach on account of the bad mood the GPS put me in.

Once in Oaks Bluff, I grabbed the car, we had a quick lunch, and then took the drive to Gay’s Head beach, on the opposite side of the island. Another travel tip: although it’s a popular tourist locale, there’s hardly any reception once you get out of the towns, so don’t think you could rely completely on your GPS-our 20 minutes drive nearly doubled because of being sent down random dirt roads, and dropped signals. Luckily, the main roads are pretty well marked, and the drive from Vineyard Haven, to the beach is very scenic, most notably passing through the small fishing village of Menemsha, famous for being the filming location for where the The Orca is docked and captain Quint lives, in Jaws.

The very scenic, and very long walk down to the beach.

The very scenic, and very long walk down to the beach.

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I’ve already documented my visit to the Aquinnah Beach, underneath the Gay’s Head Cliff here-the beach is clothing optional, which was an eye opening experience, for lack of a better term. Once again, hunger was the culprit for leaving the beach, so we packed up our stuff, hiked back up the parking lot, and had a quick photo op by the Gay’s Head lighthouse (we opted out of the $15.00 cover to climb it) before checking into our hotel, the Island Inn, located about 2 miles outside of downtown Oaks Bluff.

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That night we headed back downtown for some harbor-side drinks and food-Martha’s Vineyard has an excellent public bus system, as well as quite a few cabs (actually large vans) and so it would’ve been quite easy to get around (especially just between Edgartown and Vineyard Haven) without any car. Moped and bicycle rentals are also super popular, and in my next post, I’ll chronicle our adventures on that.

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Saturday night at Vineyard Haven is packed, so we waited forever to get dinner at Nancy’s, which to be honest turned out to be just ok-the more laisezz faire, fried seafood snack bar, which they had right on the dock, which I ended up eating at a few times the next day ended up being much more my steam. Still, it’s always nice to eat outdoors on the water, and with the view I had, I couldn’t complain.

Dinner view-can't complain about that.

Dinner view-can’t complain about that.

We barhopped the rest of the night, Oaks Bluff has quite a bit going on, it’s a tourist town after all. There was some sort of jam bam festival though the night we were there, which, along with EDM, falls under “musical categories I’ve tried to appreciate, but can’t.” The highlight of the night, sadly, was the cab ride home-the van was full of rowdy passengers, also coming back from a night in Oaks Bluff, and what we’ve deemed to be a stowaway, who was literally hiding in the luggage rack in the back. It was one of those, would be scary if we weren’t drunk moments, and as I’m writing, realizing a you-had-to-be-there one as well. We ended the night having a few more drinks at the hotel, and politely declining an invitation to smoke weed with the hotel’s security patrol.

Look what we found!

Look what we found!

One response to “Ferry Rides, Sun Poisoning, Nude Beaches, and More Narragansett in Martha’s Vineyard

  1. Pingback: Martha’s Vineyard Day 2: Chappaquiddick and the Time I Failed a Moped Safety Test | PA Weekend Fun·

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