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Martha's Vineyard Introduction

You can taste the salt in the air and hear the ship rigging rattle in Martha's Vineyard – the largest isle in all of New England. A place that fuses Atlantic charm and the great American welcome, it's home to fantastic seafood restaurants where local maestros serve up mouthwatering clam chowders and oyster platters. It's also got wild and windswept sands, running from surf-sprayed South Beach to the dune-backed stretches of beautiful Joseph Sylvia State Beach.

Hotels in Martha's Vineyard

Hearty, homey American inns dominate the line-up of hotels in Martha's Vineyard. Designed like old New England mansions, they ooze cosiness thanks to their slate roofs and Georgian facades. Some come with rustic on-site taverns, where roaring fires give way to curious mariner trinkets. Others do well to fuse the old and the new, offering boutique suites of refined furnishings, along with filling American breakfasts and warm reading rooms. The lowest Martha's Vineyard hotel rates can typically be found around the ferry ports in Tisbury and Oak Bluffs.

Where to stay

The lively town of Oak Bluffs is not only the main entry point to Martha's Vineyard but also the island's major tourist hotspot. Packed with bobbing ferries and yachts, pirate-themed eateries and twinkling carousels, it's the perfect place for family visitors. Edgartown is the second most-visited and a chocolate box of regal Edwardian townhouses and charming drinking taverns besides – perfect for enjoying the rural character of this far-flung Atlantic island. West Tisbury, meanwhile, has cheap hotels located just on the edge of the dense pine groves of the Manuel F Correllus State Forest – a veritable hiking mecca.

Things to see

Oak Bluffs is a place to let loose and enjoy the energy of the arcades. The old Flying Horses Carousel – the oldest of its kind in the United States, in fact – still twirls in the amusement halls here, while the colourful heritage cottages of Wesleyan Grove stand between the forests nearby. Of course, no trip or travel in Martha's Vineyard could be complete without at least a day spent on the sands. The best of these can be found at Joseph Sylvia State Beach, where the dunes give way to surfers, and the famous American Legion Memorial Bridge still echoes scenes from Jaws – the spine-tingling horror in which it featured back in 1975. Lighthouse hopping’s another great pastime. You can hike the headlands out to Cape Poge or Gay Head to see some of these iconic New England structures, or just stick to the harbour sides in Edgartown.

How to get to Martha's Vineyard

There are 2 ways to get to Martha's Vineyard: by sea and by air. Ferries leave regularly from Woods Hole in Massachusetts, going to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs on the northern shore. There are also seasonal connections from New York City. Martha's Vineyard Airport – nestled at the heart of the island – is the arrival point for planes. There are regional connections serving the airfield with direct routes to Cape Cod, while other larger carriers fly to JFK, New York's LaGuardia, Philadelphia and the District of Columbia.

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