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fly or drive?

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fly or drive?

We won a silent auction vacation stay at the island. Five of us will be going to martha's Vinyard for a week in June 2010. We live in Ohio. Is it better to fly and shuttle to island and bus and taxi while there or is it better to drive and keep a vehicle on the island? we are in our 50's and not very active. Help! Thanks!

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1. Re: fly or drive?

Congratulations on winning the trip! Taking your car over in June would make the most sense to me. A group of us go every June and never have trouble making reservations for the car on the ferry. If you fly to Boston, Providence or the Cape you will have to pay transportation costs associated with getting to & from the ferry, the ferry itself, then all transportation costs on the island - it would probably work out to be about the same or more as the price of bringing the car over. June is a wonderful time to visit, mostly everything is open, and the crowds haven't arrived.

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2. Re: fly or drive?

Yes, I agree. I think you will want to have a car while on M.V. for a bit of the time. You do not have to drive from Ohio, but you could check on the relative merits of flying then renting a car that fits all of you. If you rent a car here, rent it in Boston, not on the island. Much more expensive on the island. However, another idea is to only rent a car for a couple of days, from an island rental place. Expensive per day, but might be a cheaper solution overall if you don't need a car every day. And it all depends on where you would stay on the island. Most of us feel you don't need a car for the entire visit. There is public transportation there, and also lots of cabs. Will you be staying in Oak Bluffs or Edgartown or Vineyard Haven? It would help to know this, and whether you'd be near the center of any of those towns (Vineyard Haven is big, and can be quite scattered). The other thing you should know is that IF you decide you are bringing a car from the mainland over to the island you should get your car ferry reservation soon. You need to know which vehicle you will bring on the ferry but perhaps there is a way of dealing with it if you plan to rent a car . . . not sure about how that works. Look up the Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority. Give them a call. This is the only ferry that brings cars over. And congratulations -- Wow!

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3. Re: fly or drive?

kendrick and MaxieLu gave you great advice. I'd also opt for bringing the car if you're up for the drive. The drive from Columbus Ohio has taken me about 14hrs and that's along route 80 through PA. I have also driven 90 and it's about the same amount of time because there's less traffic and few semi-trucks.

You'll be able to secure a ferry reservation with some advance planning, depending on the day you plan to arrive. http://www.islandferry.com is the Steamship Authority website to make a reservation and view schedules. The island is approx. 100 sq. miles. Driving from one end to the other takes 45 min. Your daily options will be flexible and you'll see more with the car. Are you staying at an Inn or hotel?

If you decide to fly, take the Bonanza bus line from either the Providence RI or Boston airport to the Steamship dock in Woods Hole. Once off the ferry on the island, you can hire one of the taxis waiting on the dock. The three down-island towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are close together and easily accessible by the island bus system VTA. Renting a car for the day will allow you to drive up-island and enjoy the farms, local shops, vastly different terrain, art galleries, beaches, etc. You can usually get a good rental rate midweek in June of about $75/day for a 4dr Jeep. This can be done once you're here, if it's going to be during a slow time on the island.

Please feel free to fine tune your questions and come back for more. We're all here to help make it as easy as possible.

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4. Re: fly or drive?

Just to provide an alternate opinion :)

I've never taken a car to MV, and it isn't difficult at all to get around once you're on the island, especially in June. The bus system is good, taxis are everywhere, and you can rent bicycles or other motorized vehicles if needed.

With a car is parking difficult? Do you need a sticker to park at the beaches?

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5. Re: fly or drive?

we have never had any trouble parking in town (Edgartown/OB/Vineyard Haven) in June for shopping or dinner. And no, you don't need stickers at the public beaches at that time.

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