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Gay Head Public (Moshup Beach), Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah, MA

41.34456° N, -70.83623° W

Where: off Moshup Trail, Aquinnah View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Surf

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Good for: Skimboarding, Swimming, Walking


A ten minute walk from the parking lot, Moshup is a beach with soft sand good surf. The setting cannot be beat as the beautiful Gay Head Cliffs serve as a backdrop to this exquisite stretch of beach. Don't be surprised if you come across some nude sunbathers, as nude sunbathing is allowed at the far end of the beach.


6 rated reviews | 10 total reviews

Hanover, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2022


Moshup is our favorite beach to watch the sunset into the water. Views are incredible with the cliffs. After going to the Aquinnah shops and lookout, maybe lighthouse is open, drop your guests at the beach drop off spot. Then park up top at the beach lot and walk down the path to the beach. Enjoy

Frankfort, IL
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2022


absolutely scenic beach form the rock sculptures to the cliffs. Water was beautiful too!

West Roxbury, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Oct 2018


Pristine beach. Never crowded. Great for children and adults.

2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2018


Moshup Beach is absolutely stunning and less crowded than other public beaches on the island. The ocean with a backdrop of the clay cliffs is unparalleled. There are also giant rocks sprinkled about which add to the drama. Please note that there are some nudists at the far end of the beach, but you have to walk quite some way to get to that area. Don't let it stop you from experiencing the natural beauty of this beach!

2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2019


Love the surf for boogie boarding. Less crowded and more private. The backdrop of the beautiful cliffs is amazing. Bring cash for parking $15-$20. You have to drop off your stuff at the path and go back up the road to park and walk down. You can also take a nice walk up to the shops and get food too and visit the lighthouse. Beware if you go too far down the beach it has a section that is a nude beach.

Grantham, NH
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2020


Great water, good waves sometimes. Very unique.

Brooklyn, NY
3 reviews
Member since: Feb 2012


Not as popular as the others and great relaxing out there.

New Britain, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2018


Beautiful surf and sand ( and the guys love the nude beach?).

Sparta, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018


Short walk down to the beach with view of ocean, beautiful place to watch the sunset.

Hyattsville, MD
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2013


This beach had big boulders in the water, it was near the lighthouse, there was a really nice restaurant at the top of the hill with spectacular views. The beach was simply spectacular against the clay cliffs.

Gay Head Public (Moshup Beach) Vacation Rentals

ID 33889
3 BR
1 bath
Sleeps 8
Beachfront historical home in ''Aquinnah Paradise''
Beachfront historical home in ''Aquinnah Paradise''
Distance to beach: 2 minute walk to semi-private beach,
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ID 35223
3 BR
3 baths
Sleeps 6
Beautiful Aquinnah Home, Walk to Beach, Partial Ocean View
Beautiful Aquinnah Home, Walk to Beach, Partial Ocean View
Distance to beach: 1/10 or less mile to private town beach Philbin Beach and 1 mile with our permit to lobsterville, red beach Lobsterville Beach
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