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Joseph Sylvia State Beach

btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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really nice beach

this beach is a relatively narrow one separated from a pond by the main road and a narrow dune with... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
jeffrey k
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Wonderful Beach!

Honestly, we visited this beach with our two small kids because I am an enormous Jaws fan and I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lilwas24
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Small waves, low dunes and lots of seashells make this narrow, two-mile stretch of public beach popular with families. The beach runs between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, and is called "Bend-in-the-Road Beach" on the Edgartown side.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“jaws bridge” (14 reviews)
“great beach” (10 reviews)
“clear water” (2 reviews)
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btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Reviewed 3 days ago

this beach is a relatively narrow one separated from a pond by the main road and a narrow dune with grass. the beach is lovely. for families: only a part has lifeguards. wave action is minimal. no concessions. just a lovely place. only issue is...More

Thank jeffrey k
Reviewed 4 days ago

Honestly, we visited this beach with our two small kids because I am an enormous Jaws fan and I wanted to see where some of the scenes were filmed. I wasn't disappointed. The beach was lovely. We spent time by the Jaws Bridge; my five...More

Thank lilwas24
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach has some rocks at the water's edge, but it was a great place to swim and relax. We had little trouble finding a parking place. Because it is protected by the sound, the waves are not nearly as large as in some other...More

Thank Larry P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great time with the family. Everyone enjoyed the bridge as well as the beach. While the bridge has been replaced since Jaws was filmed, it was pretty easy to put yourself into the movie. The beach was very nice as well. The kids had a...More

Thank James G
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This beach is about 1.5-2.0 miles long with easy access and parking (IF YOU GET THERE EARLY on a nice day in August!) Rarely rough seas, shallow long sandy bottom. Go to Big Bridge (shown in Jaws) and jump off into the channel. Watch out...More

Thank RFClark
Reviewed 3 October 2016

A wonderful beach for young children - a level sandy beach leading to gentle waters. Ample parking, easily accessed by VTA and bicycle from Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. A tranquil alternative to the surf of South Beach.

Thank katamadelight
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Came here mainly to see the Jaws bridge. Didn't see much beach but maybe we were there at the wrong time of day!

Thank Suzanne L
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We spent two days on this beach during our trip to Martha's Vineyard. It was possible to ride bikes there on the bike path from Oak Bluffs. The beach is very scenic, it is on a small strip of land between the ocean and pond....More

Thank Jocelyn L
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Really can't describe the experience, its the best beach on the Vineyard for families! Its just beautiful ! Warm Nantucket water! Setting is gorgeous. Water on both sides of the road. Go to the area where they call bend in the road.No bathrooms, they have...More

Thank dem7800
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Great time at this beach. It's beautiful clean and has a few pebbles but it's one of the best on the island. Parking is usually pretty decent too.

Thank goodlawgirl
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demartino826
7 April 2017|
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Response from RFClark | Reviewed this property |
From Vineyard Haven, the nearest beach is Owen Park, just north of the ferry slips, on the west side of the harbor. There is a lifeguard during the summer. No waves. Toward Oak Bluffs, the nearest is Eastville Beach... More
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Kirsten L
30 December 2014|
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Response from WendyJake927 |
If the Island Queen ferry is coming into Oak Bluffs, you will be about @10 - 15 minutes away from the beach - it is a straight shot down Beach Road where the ferry docks, with taxis and bus service from the area. If you are... More
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