Martha’s Vineyard is known for its combination of artsy culture and New England charm.
The total shoreline of Martha’s Vineyard is 126 miles, and her total land area is 100 square miles. “The Vineyard” is only 5 miles offshore and is twice the size of her sister island, Nantucket. Where Nantucket is mostly flat and sandy, Martha’s Vineyard has woods, fields, hillsides and the breathtaking Aquinnah Cliffs.
Today, the year-round population of 15,000 lives in six towns. From east to west they are: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head).
The towns of the island retain their own character and style. The “down island” towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are shopping havens with attractions and restaurants to suit every taste. Oak Bluffs is home to the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest working platform carousel in the country, as well as the famous Gingerbread Cottages. The “up island” towns of Menemsha, Chilmark and Aquinnah are quaint, quiet places reminiscent of the island’s maritime past. From the Edgartown Scrimshaw Gallery to the Scottish Bake House to the pristine beaches and cliffs of Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard is an island with something for everyone.
When you arrive on the Vineyard, consider Island Transport
Your Martha’s Vineyard tour and transportation specialist is Island Transport! The “Down Island Tour” covers four of the island’s six towns to provide a great overview of the Vineyard. The 2-1/2 hour bus tour includes a 1-1/2 hour stop in historic Edgartown. You can reserve your bus tour tickets along with your ferry tickets by making reservations using the blue ‘BOOK YOUR TRIP’ button on the top, right-hand side of this web page or by calling toll-free 800-492-8082.