Moshup Beach

Aquinnah, Massachusetts
Nestled on the pristine western coastline of Martha’s Vineyard Island in Aquinnah, Massachusetts, lies the serene half-mile stretch of Moshup Beach.
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Nestled on the pristine western coastline of Martha’s Vineyard Island in Aquinnah, Massachusetts, lies the serene half-mile stretch of Moshup Beach. This secluded gem offers visitors a quintessential New England beach experience, characterized by its soft white sands, stunning vistas of the iconic Aquinnah Cliffs, and boundless panoramas over the Vineyard Sound and the vast Atlantic Ocean. During the summer, Moshup Beach becomes a hub of activity as boats dot the horizon, cruising the waters of the nearby Vineyard Sound.

Summer days at Moshup Beach are nothing short of idyllic. Visitors flock here to indulge in the simple pleasures of beach life, from swimming in the refreshing waters to basking in the warm sun. It’s a place where picnics are a must, and spending an entire day in harmony with the sea and sky is the norm. For the active beachgoer, the expansive coastline beckons with opportunities for runs or leisurely walks, where treasures like unique seashells and driftwood await discovery. The beach’s relatively larger waves offer the perfect backdrop for exhilarating body-surfing and boogie-boarding adventures. On calmer days, anglers find solace in casting their lines from the shoreline, seeking prized catches like bluefish and striped bass.

Moshup Beach’s remote location and lack of commercial amenities lend it a unique charm, setting it apart from the more crowded beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. This seclusion creates an atmosphere of tranquility and relaxation that many seek when escaping to the shore. Unlike some other island beaches, Moshup Beach doesn’t charge an access fee, making it a popular choice for those who prefer biking or walking to their sandy haven. Additionally, beach drop-offs are permitted along Moshup Trail at the entrance to the beach trail. For those arriving by car, a public parking lot near Gay Head Light awaits, with a fee that ensures convenient access to this tranquil seaside retreat. Come the off-season, parking at Moshup Beach becomes a cost-free affair, providing yet another reason to savor the beauty and serenity of this Martha’s Vineyard treasure.

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Address: Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, Massachusetts
Place GPS Coordinates: 41.341244, -70.832659
Parking GPS Coordinates: 41.341244, -70.832659
Parking Notes: Cliff Lot is the go-to parking lot and it costs $30 a day to park there in the summer. It holds about 40 cars. There is also a large paved parking area on Aquinnah Circle.

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