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“Great public access beach on Martha's Vineyard.”

Long Point Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: Whether you want to body surf in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt- and freshwater ponds, or explore a rare grassland habitat, this spectacular reservation will become a favorite escape.
Hudson, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great public access beach on Martha's Vineyard.”
Reviewed 5 September 2012 via mobile

If you love swimming in ponds as well as the ocean, this uncrowded public beach is the place to go. You can park you and your family on either side of a narrow sandy isthmus. On one side is South Beach with a steep incline and shore break and some good waves further out for beginner surfers. On the other is a large clean fresh water pond with a sandy beach: perfect for young kids and serious swimmers alike. There are nature trails for walking in the preserve and a 1/2 mile walk west along the beach takes you to Tisbury Great Pond, where you can play in the cut when it is open, though this beach is ostensibly private. The access is difficult, with a 2 mile drive down a dirt road off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road near Scrubby Neck Farm. It costs $8 per person. The parking lot gets full early on weekends.

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English first
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great beach for kids”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

This beach has it all, a large salt water pond on one side which is shallow enough for kids to wade in, and a wavy beach on the other IDE just a short 2 min walk away. Although the very long dirt road is a bummer to get there, it is an insider's spot for families with kids. Don't miss it!

Visited August 2012
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south carolina
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great beach and shallow pond”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

There is a fresh water shallow pond with a sandy beach behind the dunes at this Atlantic beach. The pond is warm and a great place for small children. There is an admission fee. It is quite a long way down a dirt road and it is not well marked. Still it is worth it. The adults could have stayed all day, but unfortunately the little ones were tired after a couple of hours.

There are also walking paths and it is quite scenic. If you plan to walk, bring appropriate shoes since there is a lot of poison ivy on the path.

Visited July 2011
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Newton, Mass
Level 6 Contributor
228 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Best Public-Access Beach on the Island”
Reviewed 29 June 2011

A good rule of thumb for anywhere -- and especially Martha's Vineyard -- is that the best places are the most inconvenient. You have to drive 2 miles down a poorly marked dirt road (where there is often a line for the limited parking) to get here. But it's worth it. There is both an ocean (the Atlantic, but you knew that) as well as a freshwater, kid-friendly, warm, very clean, sandy-bottomed pond. And for the adventurous, a half-mile walk west takes you to the "cut," where another lake meets the ocean, forming a natural, sandy water slide that will amuse older children (up to at least age 55, whcih is my age) for an hour, besides being quite dramtic to look at.. You won't find anything like this "cut" anywhere else in the Northeast. The cut isn't always open, by the way, but even if not it's a lovely and deserted place to enjoy the beach.

Visited June 2011
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