Moshup Beach, also known as Aquinnah Beach, is a stunning beach on the western coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The beach stretches for a half-mile of the pristine western coastline. Visitors enjoy white sand, beautiful views of the Aquinnah Cliffs, and endless views of the Vineyard Sound and the Atlantic Ocean when visiting all year round. It is most busy during the summer months when swimming, sunbathing, and other activities occur.
One of the best aspects of Moshup Beach is its remote location which makes it less crowded than the other beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. There is no fee for accessing the beach so many beachgoers bike and walk. Additionally, beach dropoffs are allowed along Moshup Trail at the entrance to the beach trail. If you have a car and are looking to park for the beach, there is a public parking lot that charges a fee. It is located on Aquinnah Circle near Gay Head Light. No fee is charged in the off-season for parking.
The historic Gay Head Light and iconic Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook are located just a half-mile from Moshup Beach. Looking for more great spots to explore nearby? Check out the GoXplr Massachusetts Map at goxplr.com/map/massachusetts!
- Type: Ocean (white sand)
- Length: 2+ miles
- Waves: Wavy
- Popularity: Medium
- Key features: Bicycle Rack, Benches, Restrooms (seasonal) can be found near the beach. There is also the Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook, Gay Head Light, Aquinnah Cultural Center, and Moshup Trail nearby.
- Address: Moshup Trail
- Town: Aquinnah
- State: Massachusetts
- GPS: Lat 41.34203 Lng -70.83342
- 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.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE