Located on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard, Menemsha Beach is northeast of Menemsha Pond between Aquinnah and Chilmark. It is home to the local US Coastguard Station and featured in the filming of Spielberg’s epic movie, Jaws.
This public beach is one of the white sandy beaches that the island is known for. It overlooks the channel of ocean known as Vineyard Sound with views to Gay Head Lighthouse and the Elizabeth Islands including Nashawena Island. The quaint fishing village of Menemsha provides a scenic location with fishing boats unloading their catch in the harbour nearby. Menemsha Beach is relatively compact and is popular with families, although parking can be limited.
There’s a gentle surf for children to safely play and enjoy while you work on your tan. Fishing and shelling are popular beach activities. There are lifeguards in summer until 5pm and amenities include restroom, showers and a shop.
The island is known for having spectacular sunsets so bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the show! Traditionally as the last spot of sun drops below the horizon, people clap and cheer. Nearby beach shacks serve excellent fish and chips, fried clams etc. Menemsha Pond is ideal for kayaking with boat rentals available.
You can easily cycle to the beach or catch the VTA Bus #4 which drops you nearby.
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