There is a circular street just of the main strip of shops in Oak Bluffs, where a collection of the cutest little colorful houses surrounds an outdoor Methodist meeting place. There used to be tents here years ago, when the Methodists gathered in Martha's Vineyard every year for a retreat. Since then, the tents have been converted into these tiny well-kept houses, where people still live!
Oak Bluffs is the only year-round town on the island, so those who live here all the time have to come to Oak Bluffs for all their shopping and gas, etc.
There is only one road into and out of this scenic outlook, and there's not much to see besides the cliffs themselves. However, it's worth the drive--the cliff's rock is multi-colored, with deep reds, yellows, and greens swirled through it.
It is called Gays Head because sailors would look for the gay, colorful rocks as they sailed to shore.
The area is accessible by car, or by taking the bus tour of the island that starts in Oak Bluffs. They let you off for about 15 minutes to take pictures and enjoy the view, which is all the time you really need.
Highly recommend that you bring or rent a bike on Martha's Vineyard. You can visit several towns...go to the beach...no worries about parking. We got to spend plenty of time on side streets and breathtaking views of the ocean along the way. You get to enjoy the scenery much more on a bike than in a car.
Edgartown is the home of of the Vineyard Museum. Learn about the island's whaling history, check out intricate ship models, see a lighthouse lens close up and more. The museum is open in the summertime from 10AM-5PM. Admission for adults is $7, children 6-15 is $4. Children under 6 are free.
Light house lovers will love Martha's Vineyard. There are no fewer than 5 lighthouses on the island. See this web site for more information:
Here's my picture of the Edgartown lighthouse.
We just walked around and ogled all of the gorgeous houses & cottages in this compact village, & took a bunch of photos. Too bad it was late in the day - I probably could have spent almost all day here.
At the western tip of the island can be found many striking red, orange and yellow limestone cliffs. The cliffs are a spectacular backdrop to a long and sandy beach. This is one of the few beaches on the East Coast that faces the west and, as one can imagine, is a great place to watch the sunset.
There is a lighthouse on top of the cliffs that warn passing ships of the dangerous shoals off-shore. The beach is rumored to be clothing-optional (I'll only say that there's a an extremely high likelihood that it's true :)
If you are getting a driving tour of the island, try to see this place---nice view of a bay across rolling grasslands of Vineyard Sound to the Elizabeth Islands---Tashmoo means "At the great Spring"
Gay Head is the westernmost point on Martha's Vineyard. If you drive out to it you will be rewarded with a nice view of the cliffs, the lighthouse and the ocean.
Ocean Park is an oceanfront park in the heart of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. It is a pleasant park to stroll or jog through, with broad lawns and a number of benches to sit down on.
The observation lookout point is a little overgrown with weeds, which makes us shorter people disadvantaged. :) But you can stand on one of the pedestals of the telescopes for a better look!
Take a ride in a vintage biplane and see a birds-eye view of the island. Wasn't able to do this on my quick trip, but I will next time. I'll let you know how it is!
Some of Oak Bluffs is developed for tourists and has shops and restaurants designed to entertain us. Sometimes I enjoy being a tourist and taking part in the obvious.