My name is K, I live here in Martha's Vineyard year-round. This review is my point of view as a local resident of the Island. As you heard, the island is an expensive place to have a vacation,that's true but if you know where to spend and splurge, getting here and enjoying the island is not that expensive at all. To get here from Boston/New york/Providence thru land, you can take the Bonanza Bus going to Woodshole (this is the end point where u take the boat to Martha's Vineyard) The boat fare is $7.50.If u want to park your car, u can leave ur car at Falmouth Steamship Authority Parking (see their website)lot for around $10/day but u should check the availability of this parking during Summer time. You should equip your driving skills with so much PATIENCE when driving towards the Cape, traffic tends to be slower on the peak months. Reserve your car ahead of time w/ Steamship Authority, getting your car on the island needs a long term planning. For those people who travel with the family, renting a cottage is very expensive, they are usually overprice. Some B&B are cheaper deal, besides if u target for sight seeing and experience, hotel stay is better, not unless u come for a retreat and serene cottage experience then go for it. I do not recommend eating out for dinner, most of the restaurants here are very expensive and ur dollar spend is not worth paying for the food. Bring ur own groceries & supplies, Stop & Shop and rest of the items here are very expensive. Be sure to gas up ur car off island the fact that prices per gallon here is at least 50cents or more. Parking here is a big industry, be sure to time ur car or else u will be going home with a lot of fine tickets specially in the Town of Tisbury(Vineyard haven), Edgartown & Oak Bluffs. Better yet go around thru public bus and enjoy walking around the tourist spots. Common misconception was the island is small, NO it's not! u can not cover the island in one day by Bicycle or Moped. The island size is around 20miles by 7 miles. The farthest end of the island is Aquinnah & Chilmark. Oak Bluffs is the center of gigs at night. Vineyard Haven is dry city, so no liquor allowed. Be careful of renting a MOPED, this kind of transportation is the most prone to accidents on the island, observe your driving speed seriously. The police here are notorious in issuing speeding tickets on peak months. Most of the restaurant serve fried ordinary food that they claim gourmet, correct me if Im wrong but most of it is overpriced and not good food. If u want to go to the beach, that depends on what kind of water current ur enjoy. If u like strong wind & current, go to South Beach and be sure to be there early, parking is tough to find on later hours of the day. If u want kid friendly, a little serene water current, u can enjoy the Oak Bluffs Beach Road. Bring ur own food on the beach there is no concessioners on the beach if u happen to get hungry. Just be sure to keep ur litters away with you. Jet Ski & othet water sport equipments are expensive so prepare ur budget accordingly. The hospital here is very reliable, although its the only hospital on the island, it tends to get busy but they tried to be fast and prompt in their services (better than what u get from big city hospitals). Arrive their by around 2am to 5am this is the hour when patients is not crowded at the ER. People from the South , don't be offended if most of the people here are snobs--stuck-up,uppity and persnickety...there may not as warm as the people in your town but they just mind their own bussiness. There is zero to none criminal incidents here, most of us here leave our house doors unlocked but just to make sure, guard your own, who knows some off-islander might take advantage of this island serenity. For more inquiries and question you can leave me a message and I will be glad to answer your questions. Thank you!