Martha's Vineyard Beaches (October 2021)
October 8-11, 2021.
There are a lot of beaches on Marthas Vineyard—after all, it is an
island. Since it was well into October, it's not exactly swimming weather
(at least for me). But we visited a number of beaches, from the colorful
clay cliffs of Moshup's Beach in Aquinniah, to the views of Menemsha from
Lobsterville Beach, to the view of the island from "our backyard"
at the Lagoon Pond, where I did wade into the water. Below are some photo
highlights of some of the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.
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Aquinnah Beach and Cliffs
Formerly called the Gay Head Cliffs, the Aquinnah Cliffs are
one of the iconic landmarks of Martha's Vineyard. Just to the south
of the cliffs visible from the overlook is the Aquinnah or Moshup Beach.
The clay cliffs (not super tall) end in the beach sand. It's illegal
to climb or walk on or damage the cliffs. They are already contantly
being eroded away.
The Aquinnah Cliffs by Moshup's Beach (or Gay Head Cliffs and
The clay coloring flow into the sand making cool patterns.
A patchwork image of the bottom of the cliffs meeting and flowing
The rock and the waves. I had to act like a sandpiper to
get some of the shots.
A closer view of the cliffs. They're maybe 25-30
feet (7-9 meters) high...(more)
Lots of little rocks in the water.
It's a pretty rocky beach.
Patterns in the sand. It looks sort of like it''s
from an airplane.
One of my favorite pictures.
A rock with full rocket thrust.
More sand patterns, jellyfish-like, but the rock's
The trail back to the parking lot with the lighthouse
in the distance.
Lobsterville Beach is on the western part of the north side
of the island. It's on the western side of Menemsha Bight.
It ends at the inlet to Menemsha Creek which becomes Menemsha
Pond. On the far side of the creek (east) is Menemsha.
Looking eastward from Lobsterville Beach at the curve of Menemsha Bight.
The path from the parking area to Lobsterville Beach
Looking east across Lobserville Beach. Behind the bend
in the shoreline is the...(more)
The edge of the water at Lobsterville Beach is pretty rocky.
After stopping at Lobsterville Beach, we drove to the east end of
West Basin Road which faces Menemsha across Menemsha Creek. It's
mostly a fishing area and place to launch boats. I've been to Menemsha
many times, but this was the first time I saw it from the other side,
facing the pier and buildings on the Creek.
I took a series of pictures that I put together into a panoramic photo.
To keep the caption on that picture short, I'm putting more details
about it here.
The panoramic picture of Menemsha
was taken from the west side of the inlet of Menemsha Creek
(where Menemsha Bight feeds Menemsha Pond).
The big white house with the red roof and the flagpole on the right
is the US Coast Guard. Boathouse Road goes right along the creek.
And the big white building with the red roof in the center of the
picture is the US Coast Guard Boathouse.
It appeared in the movie Jaws.
This repleaces the previous one that burned down in 2010 and was
dedicated in 2015.
The previous one was built in 1938.
And just for fun, here's a 3-frame animated GIF on
the making of
the panorama from pictures Marlene took of me taking the pictures.
Menemsha creek opening out into Menemsha Bight on
the left with the end of...(more)
After leaving the Menemsha Creek spot, we took a left turn onto
Lobsterville Road rather than a right. The road goes less than
a quarter of a mile before ending at the northwest corner of
Menemsha Pond. This is Red Beach, open only to residents during
the summer. This was the first time I had ever been there.
This was after the season, so not crowded, but COVID-19
is still around.
Looking eastward. Menemsha Creek and the ocean are
just beyond the point.
Another horseshoe crabs shell. Their blood is blue
(so I've read).
180° panorama of Red Beach, looking south and west onto Menemsha Pond.
Eastville Beach/The Lagoon Pond
The Eastfille Beach is at the edge of the Lagoon Pond that's
just beyond the drawbridge that connects the Lagoon with the Vineyard
Harbor. It's also by our place. Marlene and I walked around
it one day.
Marlene walking along the Eastville Beach and the Lagoon Pond.
The drawbridget that separates the Lagoon Pond from
the Vineyard Harbor.
What's on your mind, besides your seaweed, I mean hat?
Stairs that go down from a house to the beach. Note how
there is no support...(more)
A map of Huckeberry Barrens by Katama. It's a very quick hike.
Norton Point Beach/Katama Beach
The entrance to Norton Point Beach. South Beach is to the
right (east) of it.
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