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South Beach - Katama, Martha's Vineyard

Edgartown, MA

41.34880° N, -70.51184° W

Where: Katama Rd, Edgartown View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Surf

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Good for: Swimming, Walking, Surfing, Sunbathing


South Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the Island. It's a free and public beach located in the southern, Katama area of Edgartown and facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is a barrier beach, which means surf on one side and a calm protected pond on the other. The surf can be fairly rough, which is fun for body surfing, but it's not great swimming for young kids.


4 rated reviews | 28 total reviews

Franklin, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2015


This is a beautiful beach with large waves.
There is plenty of parking.

West Kingston, RI
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2019


When not at the beach across the street from the house, we would head off to South Beach, a 15 minute drive.
Beautiful wide ocean beach. Free parking along the road, lovely walk along the paths across the dunes.

Holliston, MA
3 reviews
Member since: May 2018


Amazing waves !

Newtown, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2019


We are used to the huge, wide beaches of Long Island, Fire Island and New Jersey. South Beach is smaller, more intimate and more relaxing. Clean, quiet and accessible. Great white sand, not rocky, great views. We tried a couple of the other popular beaches but liked South Beach best.

Warwick, RI
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2016


The best beach I've been to on the Vineyard. There is no charge and the restrooms are clean. Soft sand and beautiful waves, which can get fairly rough. All in all, a pleasant and relaxing way to spend the day!

Canton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2013


Great waves, soft sand and very clean bathrooms!

Brockton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2018


Great crowds, waves and better sand than Inkwell. More folks of color.

Rensselaer, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2018


Beautiful beach, always waves for the kids, great sand ...

Worcester, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2019


South Beach was great - so close with great surf and easy to find parking!

Cambridge, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Dec 2006


South Beach is one mile from the house [Katama Edgartown Vacation Rental ID 4633] and the bike path takes you right there. The surf can get rough after a storm but I think it's the best beach on the island. There are a number of lots and parking along the side of the road if you need to drive. In the middle of June when we visited, there was plenty of parking available.

Wayland, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2009


South Beach was a frequent destination for me and my dogs. I didn't see any NO DOG signs until July 1st. The only problem is the poison ivy and ticks.

Schenectady, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2018


Bigger waves for bigger kids. Plenty of space to park and to enjoy the beach if you arrive by mid- or late morning. Good amenities: changing area and public restrooms on the west end of the beach.

2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2017


Beautiful, sand is perfect, lifeguards, close parking, port a potties!

2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2017


This beach is our favorite for many reasons. It is long and pristine, a great place to spend a day relaxing. The water is amazing, and we love the high surf. You may even get to see a sea lion or two way out. Love it,

Concord, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2017


Easy access to the house, ample car and bicycle parking, relatively warm water, great waves, an overall great beach vibe.

2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2015


Easy to get parking close to beach. Great surf. Clean beach.

Olney, MD
4 reviews
Member since: Apr 2015


Beautiful beach, soft sand, spacious and less rocks and stones.

Wayne, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2016


Katama Beach, right at the fork. Great waves for body surfing. Smooth clean white sand. Don't forget your suntan lotion.

2 reviews
Member since: Jan 2015


Oak Bluffs Beach is great for a few hours of the beach life every day. South Beach is a slight upgrade and only 3 or 4 miles away from Oak-Bluffs Vacation Rental ID 23663 by car or bus.

Johnston, RI
2 reviews
Member since: Sep 2015


Best beach on Martha's Vineyard! So clean and the view is fantastic!

1 review
Member since: Aug 2015


My favorite Beach was South Beach. It is clean and large and the water was nice and warm.

2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2014


South Beach is very clean and beautiful. The water can be very rough at times, which older kids love for the waves, but it might not be so great for younger kids and older adults when it is rough. Great for everyone on calm days.

Belchertown, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2015


This is a great beach for waves. The undertow will knock you down but once you get to the other side of it, you could spend all day jumping/riding waves as they come in on a regular basis. There are public rest areas and changing rooms (no shower).

Monroe, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2014


Nice waves, close to house [ID 1713], beautiful beach. LOVE IT!!!!!

Glastonbury, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Nov 2013


This beach is clean and the parking is plenty - I spend most days at this beach - great place to stay after the starts to go down.

Dudley, MA
3 reviews
Member since: Sep 2012


The sand was very clean and the water temp was ideal.

Acton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2013


Awesome waves, very clean, beautiful sand.

Phoenix, MD
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2013


Our boys loved the surf at South Beach and because they are excellent swimmers and the lifeguards were on duty we fest safe and all had a great time!

South Beach - Katama Vacation Rentals

ID 5377
2 BR
1 ½ bath
Sleeps 6
Oceanfront Home On Private Beach With Panoramic Ocean Views!
Oceanfront Home On Private Beach With Panoramic Ocean Views!
Distance to beach: 1/2 mile to South Beach - Katama and Beachfront (East Sandwich Beach)
19 reviews read reviews
4/17-4/26 APRIL VACATION SPECIAL Weekly $1850 Nightly $325 /Night Weekdays; $350/Night Weekends.
Edgartown/Katama area located
ID 4789
4 BR
3 ½ baths
Sleeps 12
A piece of Katama Heaven near South Beach
A piece of Katama Heaven near South Beach
Distance to beach: Less than one mile to South Beach, many other beaches close by. South Beach - Katama and One mile to Katama's South Beach
3 reviews read reviews
ID 8568
4 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 8
Katama Contemporary close to South Beach/Great Pond /town
Katama Contemporary close to South Beach/Great Pond /town
Distance to beach: south beach South Beach - Katama and 1.2 miles to South Beach; 7/10 mile Edgartown pond
Katama - Edgartown
ID 20187
ID 33414
4 BR
2 ½ baths
Sleeps 10
Truly Katama - Heated Pool & Walk to South Beach
Truly Katama - Heated Pool & Walk to South Beach
Distance to beach: 4/10 mi to South Beach - Katama
ID 22552
4 BR
2 baths
Sleeps 8
Walk to the Beach
Walk to the Beach
Distance to beach: 10 minute walk to South Beach
ID 30645
ID 22282
4 BR
3 baths
Sleeps 8
Katama Walk to South Beach
Katama Walk to South Beach
Distance to beach: 500 yards to South Beach
1 review read review