South Beach (Katama)

  • South Beach - USA
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Beautiful South Beach (also known as Katama Beach) is a free public beach in the Katama area of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. Washed by the Atlantic waves, the 3-mile beach is on a barrier island with rolling surf on one side and calm pond waters on the other. The surf is good for body surfing but youngsters are safer swimming in the pond.

The wide expanse of unspoilt sand has lifeguards on duty in the summer season and there are restroom facilities but no concessions or refreshments. You have to bring pretty much everything with you - beach chairs, mats, coolers etc.

There is a car park which fills up too fast on summer days so consider using the public #8 bus from downtown Edgartown to reduce frustration. Alternatively cycle along the level paved bike path.

The beach is backed by sand dunes and has two main access points: the Left Fork and the Right Fork. Generally families head left and college age visitors tend to go right. The Right Fork has more parking and both areas have portable restrooms.

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