Frankly, to enjoy Martha’s Vineyard to the fullest, one has to stay overnight at least. It is made up of 6 towns. The most populous of the six are the historical villages (down-Island) of Edgartown, Oakbluffs, and Vineyard Haven.
Then, there are the rural communities (up-Island) of Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury.
We visited a week before the official peak tourist season, so although there were many visitors, it wasn’t very crowded. At peak season, visitors have a choice of disembarking at either Oakbluffs or Vineyard Haven. On our visit, the ferry only docked at the latter.
In Vineyard Haven, we did a self-guided historical tour featured on a brochure which only took us half an hour to do.
We then hopped on board the bus to Edgartown where we walked around the downtown area and went to see the lighthouse.
After which, we again hopped on the bus headed up-Island to the tip of Martha’s Vineyard to see the Gay Head Cliffs and the lighthouse at Aquinnah.
We spent an hour at the Gay Head Cliffs enjoying the view and avoiding the brisk chilly wind. Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Martha’s Vineyard to catch our ferry
Next time, we will most likely stay overnight to see more of Martha’s Vineyard. We would go at peak season, too. Some stores and attractions are closed off season. We missed Oakbluffs. Hopefully, next time we’d get to visit.
How We Got There: By Steam Ship Authority ferry from Woods Hole, MA; Cost– $17 per person, round trip
How We Got Around: By Vineyard Transit; Cost- $8.00 per person 1 Day Pass