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State Beach, Martha's Vineyard

Oak Bluffs, MA

41.4289553° N, -70.555369° W

Where: Seaview Avenue, Oak Bluffs View Map

Water Type: Salt water

Type: Calm

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Good for: Anyone, especially young kids


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." Some concessions available seasonally.


5 rated reviews | 14 total reviews

Naples, FL
2 reviews
Member since: Nov 2023


This beach has very little surf and is perfect for kids. Early in the morning or late afternoon are the best times to get parking.

West Lebanon, NH
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2014


Arrive before 10 am for plenty of parking. The beach has gentle waves and beautiful sand. Great for little ones learning to swim and meets the needs for others wanting to fly a kite, soak in some sun or swim in the ocean.

Cheshire, CT
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2023


The beach had plenty of room and a beautiful view!!!

United Kingdom
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2022


Uncrowded, lovely gently sloping entry to the water, free parking very close

Randolph, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2015


The beach was clean, small and quiet

Yorktown Heights, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Dec 2009


This beach was quiet and not crowded the week after Labor Day; the water was warm; parking was easy and close to the beach.

Bronxville, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Oct 2018


I have few favorites, but State Beach offers the boardwalk for people watching and I enjoy bike path from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.

Monmouth Junction, NJ
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2018


State beach has convenient parking and expansive sand/beach area so you don't feel like you are on top of each other.

Brooklyn, NY
2 reviews
Member since: Aug 2018


Easy to find a spot to set up and the water was clean and refreshing.

North Easton, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jul 2018


We arrived each morning at 10AM and were one of the first there and could park where we wanted. July 4th week on the Vineyard and we had no problems getting parking, any spot we wanted, and very family friendly.

Ipswich, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Jun 2019


We enjoyed State Beach with our family. We left the house [Vacation Rental ID 26587] early so we got parking spaces very easily. We hauled our coolers, umbrellas, and chairs down a short sandy path and set up shop. The water is safe for everyone here; no rip tides or huge waves. Sometimes there are jellyfish, but not this time. There are bridges that the bigger kids can jump off of, which tires them out for a good nights sleep! So memorable, we love State Beach!

Barrington, RI
2 reviews
Member since: Feb 2017


Nice long beach. Parking not too terribly difficult. There is very little surf, so good for the kids. The water is still so fresh & clean. You can find nice seashells if you search.

Quincy, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Mar 2017


We love the J. Sylvia State Beach, this is closer to Oak Bluff and to the ferry and very convenient to get to everyday or if we want to make the most of the last day enjoying the beach and then board the ferry.

Then we also love the Katama South Beach in Edgartown as it has more waves and dunes and is easily accessible by a cab ride.

Newbury, MA
2 reviews
Member since: Apr 2016


Sheltered, good sand, good for swimming and close by

State Beach Vacation Rentals

ID 31261
5 BR
3 ½ baths
Sleeps 12
The Beach House: Historic Harthaven Gem on a Private Beach
The Beach House: Historic Harthaven Gem on a Private Beach
Distance to beach: On a private beach & next to an association beach
1 review read review
Waterfront Home in Harthaven
ID 36784