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State Beach (Joseph Sylvia State Beach)

Where: Beach Rd, Edgartown

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Calm

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • ParkingParking
  • FoodFood
  • LifeguardsLifeguards

Good for: Fishing, Swimming, Walking, Kiteboarding, Windsurfing

About State Beach (Joseph Sylvia State Beach): One of the most popular beaches on the Island, State Beach is particularly attractive to families with young kids due to the fairly easy, free parking, warm quiet waters, and sandy, shallow waters. The beach runs along Beach Road between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs and was the setting for most of the beach scenes in the movie Jaws. There is a lifeguard at the Edgartown end of the beach and some mobile food concessions are usually near the Edgartown-Oak Bluffs line bridge. Beautiful Sengekontacket P

Reviews (15 reviews total)


United States
2 reviews
Member since: Nov 2015

8/7/2016

Great time with family and friend. Within waling distance to the Jaws Bridge, which was great.


2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2016

7/23/2016

This is beach is a great place: it free, plenty of parking, public facilities, and very nice beach. The one at Aquinnah and the beach at the Wildlife Refuge are definite runner's up. You'll enjoy them all.


philadelphia
2 reviews
Member since: May 2014

7/4/2016

Excellent beach for families with young children. Water is clean and seaweed free. Minimal rocks.


Boston, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2016

9/9/2015

easy access, get there early..tough parking on beach days but well worth it,,dont forget to jump off the bridge, its an island tradition!


United States
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2015

7/25/2015

Was shallow and gentle enough to swim out a distance.Not crowded.Very relaxing atmosphere. Easy parking on road with convenient, short paths through the dunes.Bike path along road--we parked, biked the path into Oak Bluffs for lunch,biked back and hit the beach!There are lots of smooth pebbles as you first walk into water. Would recommend water shoes, especially for small children or sensitive feet of any age.


Tuckahoe, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014

8/16/2014

Waves are calmer and less rocky than other beaches. Great for little ones and very close to house [Property ID 22497]!


Urbandale, IA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2011

8/11/2014

The best beach for easy access, meeting up with friends and watching the day go by.


Middleton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014

7/11/2014

perfect for those who have small child. or just want a calm surf. easy parking as well.


Evanston, IL
2 reviews
Member since: May 2014

7/6/2014

The State Beach (Joseph Sylvia) was easily accessible from our location [Property ID 22593] on Lagoon Pond, and it is a wide, clean stretch of beach with clear, calm water in a postcard setting. Nearby "Jaws Bridge" was fun for the kids (and adult family members as well). We had plenty of room to spread out so despite the crowds we did not feel crowded, and being right along the bus route meant we could come and go easily without worrying about parking. Our kids' favorite as well.


Dracut, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2014

6/28/2014

This beach is calm and great for kayaking.


Watertown, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2013

7/13/2013

Great beach for little kids who have not learned to swim.


Wellesley Hills, MA
1 review
Member since: Feb 2013

Love this beach!
7/6/2013

If you're looking for a place to body surf, State Beach is not for you. But if you're looking for warmer water with hardly any surf and nice, soft sand, State Beach is the best! You can park all along State Road, so it's not a far walk from the car. Oh, and you can take the VTA shuttle bus, which drops you off or picks you up anywhere along the road/beach. The Oak Blufffs side of it, near the estuary and bridge, is where most of the beach scenes for "Jaws" was filmed, too!

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Cambridge, MA
2 reviews
Member since: May 2012

6/29/2013

It is big and the sand is nice and the water fairly warm. Kids liked it so that made it great for me.


Shrewsbury, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2013

6/22/2013

In June, with 2 small children and piles of gear for a great full beach day, there is no safer, more convient beach


Brooklyn, NY
3 reviews
Member since: Jun 2008

8/15/2010

The town beach for Studio House [Property ID 22360] is Lambert's Cove beach, which is utterly beautiful. While we go there most often, we often also end up at public State Beach, which hugs the road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Parking is right on the road and there are food trucks across the street if you didn't pack lunch. Swimming is great in its calm, shallow waters, and kids can jump of the big bridge or go hunting for hermit crabs in the surf late in the afternoon. it's always easy and fun.