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Gay Head Cliffs and Beach, Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah, MA

41.348445° N, -70.83495° W

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Surf


This beach is now off-limits. The adjacent Gay Head Cliffs are a National Landmark and were seriously endangered by climbing on the cliffs and removal of the clay. See nearby Philbin Beach.


8 rated reviews | 18 total reviews

Montague, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Mar 2008


Gorgeous clay cliffs! the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in the USA

Stanfordville, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2015


Aquinnah is one of our favorite spots on the island, although Wasque on Chappy is a close second. We enjoy both of these beaches for the serenity and lack of crowds.

East Sandwich, MA
4 reviews
Member since: Feb 2010


Always has great waves for the kids. The clay cliffs are always a pleasure to look at

2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2020


The clay cliffs are breathtaking and the sunsets are the best.

Hamden, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2010


Distinctive clay cliffs, beach walk to a beautiful sunset.

West Orange, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2020


Beautiful sand . Mild ocean waves. Great views. Immaculate restrooms. Plenty of parking.

Brooklyn, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2018


Aquinnah has been our sentimental favorite of the many beautiful beaches on MV. The combination of rugged coastline, enchanting clay cliffs with an array of colors, changing with the light, the relative remoteness of the place (meaning fewer crowds), the charming lighthouse and dramatic sea views, friendliness of the locals working there--all contribute to the unique beauty and peace of the place. Any time of the day is a good one to visit...

San Francisco, CA
1 review
Member since: Apr 2019


We love the ruggedness of this edge of the Vineyard -- it feels timeless, and it's beautiful.

West Simsbury, CT
3 reviews
Member since: Jan 2017


Nothing like the magic of the cliffs at Gay Head!

Blairstown, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2008


Beautiful and amazing views of the cliffs.

Branford, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2017


Awesome seascapes. Clear, beautiful water.

Hanover, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Nov 2007


What can I say? The cliffs are breathtaking, the rocks in the water provide hours of entertainment for the kids as do the waves. Not to mention the people watching if you are up for a stroll down the beach....wear your sunglasses:)

Branford, CT
3 reviews
Member since: Feb 2013


Truly a unique and stunningly beautiful area. A must-see!

2 reviews
Member since: May 2016


Just such a beautiful location, easy parking, bit of a drive from oak bluffs but worth the view.

Easthampton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2017


Beautiful with red clay cliffs and fun surf. Good walking beach.

United States
2 reviews
Member since: May 2015


Beautiful and not crowded. Up Island is our favorite for exploring. Plus Menemsha has the best places for lunch!

Lee, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2014


We love Katama and we go there the most. It is clean and gorgeous with good waves! But the drive to Aquinnah and the Gay Head Cliffs is well worth the cost of parking and the drive. The cliffs are gorgeous and not to be missed!

Weymouth, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2013


Beautiful Beach!!! A slice of heaven!!

Gay Head Cliffs and Beach Vacation Rentals

ID 38232
4 BR
3 baths
Sleeps 10
Aquinnah Home with Meadow and Light House Views
Aquinnah Home with Meadow and Light House Views
Distance to beach: 1 mile Gay Head Public (Moshup Beach) and 1.3 mile Philbin Beach
ID 33889
4 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 10
''Aquinnah Paradise'' Right on the Water
''Aquinnah Paradise'' Right on the Water
Distance to beach: 2 minute walk to semi-private beach,
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ID 23078
ID 34177
4 BR
2 ½ baths
Sleeps 8
Water-view Aquinnah Home on 13 acres
Water-view Aquinnah Home on 13 acres
Distance to beach: 1.0 mi to Gay Head Cliffs and Beach
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