About Martha's Vineyard
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Martha’s Vineyard is a very popular destination for Superyachts visiting New England as it offers a variety of different anchorages and shoreside activities for owners and guests. Less developed than Cape Cod and larger than Nantucket, the Vineyard is a melting pot for visitors from around the globe. During the summer months, the Vineyard bustles with all forms of entertainment, especially cycling and nature hikes and other outdoor activities. There is also a tasteful offering of fine restaurants, galleries, clothing boutiques and charming inns. Martha’s Vineyard consists of six towns, each having their own unique characteristics. Featured in this chapter are three ports where yachts can anchor, moor, or dock: Vineyard Haven, Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.
Vineyard Haven (with its town center of Tisbury) is considered the main port and is often alive with visitors. It offers a choice of boutique shopping, gourmet markets, art galleries, and fine dining. Vineyard Haven is the primary Superyacht destination on the island with several first rate marinas including Tisbury Wharf, Vineyard Haven Marina, and the famous Black Dog Marina. This harbor is proud to be home to one of the largest concentrations of classic wooden vessels in New England including the Tall Ships Shenandoah' and 'Alabama'. Busy year-round, this working harbor offers a charming waterfront surrounded by sandy beaches and dotted with docks.
If you are looking for the quintessential New England experience, Edgartown is the perfect destination. This is one of New England’s most elegant communities and was the first colonial settlement in Martha’s Vineyard. Edgartown’s narrow streets are flanked with stately Captain’s houses from the whaling era, lamp-lit streets, tearooms, elegant boutiques, museums, galleries, and a variety of restaurants to please every palate. The famous Old Whaling Church with its 6 massive columns commands Main Street and is worth a look. For the past 100 years, Edgartown has been one of the world’s great yachting centers, and continues to be a very popular Superyacht destination where owners, guests, and crew alike can enjoy this seaport village.
Do not miss the baby-sister village to the towns of Edgartown and Vineyard Haven. Oak Bluffs is a resort spot on the northeast shore of the island with the largest marina on Martha’s Vineyard and home to America’s oldest carousel. With several options for Med-mooring or anchoring, Oak Bluffs is worth spending a few nights. Beautiful parks, beaches, laid back atmosphere, golf course, and much more… this sleepy village offers a nice break form the hustle and bustle of its larger counterparts.
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