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“Amazing Cliffs and Beach!”
Review of Gay Head

Gay Head
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Aquinnah
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a national landmark. The lack of commercialism means a true escape and relaxation, but you'll need to bring food and supplies.
Reviewed 2 September 2013 via mobile

You haven't "seen" the Cliffs until you've walked along the beach around the point. The walk along Moshups Beach (named after the Wamponag being who created the island) is truly breathtaking. The shapes of the cliffs are wonderful and the colors of the clay are astounding. The walk is easiest at low tide, so Google the tides and plan your visit. There are many little coves and lots of very sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming and sunning.

Please realize that the clay cliffs are protected. This is a sacred place for the local tribe and the clay is very sacred to them. Basic respect dictates that you do not touch the clay. Painting yourself with it it is akin to visiting Notre Dame and blowing out the candles or splashing in the holy water.

We've spent a week on the Vineyard for the past 8 years and this is one of our must do's each time.

4  Thank dma1250
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Colorful clay, the lighthouse and great views from the top of the cliff make this a must visit. As for swimming and sunning I prefer South Beach for the sand and the water temperature is warmer. There are loads of tourists at Gay Head aka Aquinnah Beach. We were hoping to be able to create paste with the clay as it's supposed to be excellent for your skin, however the cliffs and clay are now protected landscape (DO NO TOUCH). At the top of the cliffs there are shops, a restaurant, a great view of the lighthouse and a few markers describing the area. In the high season prepare for unruly children and tourists wandering into your shots :). The actual beach is a about a 5 minute walk down a winding path (safe footwear or bare feet recommended) . Once we were on the beach as usual the entrance is the most crowded so we walked an additional 10 minutes for privacy. As you head towards the lighthouse walking along the beach under the cliffs clothing becomes very much optional. This is an extremely rocky beach and the softest parts of good sand are covered in high tide. The water was cold but not freezing. Had a great time, feel free to ask ?'s and safe travels - D

4  Thank DeAnna T
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

No trip to the Island is complete without a ride out to Gay Head (now known as Aquinnah) to see the cliffs and the light house. The light house will soon be moved (next three years) as the land beneath is is eroding fast, so if you are going, make sure you see it in it's current location. You can also hike to the top at some times. Check hours for the Wampanoag's museum now housed in an old haunted (according to Vineyard legend) victorian house. Also hike up the hill past the souvenir shops, past the Aquinnah Shop to see the views back toward the light house and the cliffs. On occasion people have seen whales from up here, but you would need a very powerful set of binoculars and steady arms. The whole scene is very beautiful, especially on a sunny day. Be careful not to stand too close to the fence or you will hit the poison ivy that lines much of the fence and I suspect has fooled many unguarded visitors. If you avail yourself of the outdoor dining at the Aquinnah shop be careful or a seagull may help itself to your meal.

1  Thank SueMVY
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

I was only in Martha's Vineyard for the weekend and the first day we were caught in Tropical Storm Andrea, But the second day was just marvelous! I tried to tour every area I could and couldn't stop taking pictures! My family called me the "Picture Ninja". I look forward to visiting again!

Thank Vicki F
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

Went for a walk along the beach in mid-February. Lots of rocks of all sizes on the beach, lots of pretty shells and stones, saw a seal in the water, watched clay-tinged water ooze from the dunes onto the sand (please heed all warnings/notices about the dunes). A pleasant walk.

1  Thank G R
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