Massachusetts: Martha’s Vineyard
Fly in/out: Martha’s Vineyard (MVY)
Recommended ages: 4 and up
Ball Park Price: $1700/person for 4 travellers (airfare not included)
Best Season: Summer
DAY FIVE: Rent paddleboards, kayaks and boogie boards at the beach. Take a kayak tour with Island Spirit. Go to “Jaws/jumping” beach where kids jump off bridge.
DAY SEVEN: Depart Martha’s Vineyard airport home via Cape Air.
- A warm summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard offered something for everyone. It was so great to see the kids decompress together on this quaint and elegant island.
- We enjoyed staying in Oak Bluffs with local shopping and restaurants. We also loved exploring the other towns, Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, Aquinnah, and Menemsha.
- We explored Nantucket and followed a list of things to do from Boston.com’s Nantucket History.
- We really enjoyed our day fishing with Menemsha Blue Charters. They provided a great day of kid-friendly fishing lessons and we caught huge fish every 15 minutes.
- Our kayak and paddle board tours with Island Spirit were really fun for all kids’ age ranges.
Places to stay
There are six little towns on Martha’s Vineyard. Oak Bluffs offers shopping, attractions and local restaurants within biking and walking distance. We loved the option of lobster and seafood takeout to enjoy in our rental home occasionally. We received helpful service from Karen M. Overtooms, Martha’s Vineyard Real Estate.
- Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery located next to the Oak Bluffs Post Office. Go to the “Back Door” at night to buy hot, fresh baked goods and donuts!
- For a picnic on the beach, grab a lobster roll and clam chowder soup for take out at Menemsha Fish Market.
- Scottish Bakehouse had some fabulous home cooked food also offering a Gluten Free Menu.
- We appreciated the time saving by flying directly into Martha’s Vineyard versus taking the sometimes long ferry wait. We felt we did need a rental car to explore the whole island.
- There is sometimes temperature variation in June, bring layers and windbreakers for the boat rides.
- The kids loved the downtime walking and swimming on some of the beautiful beaches. The south side of the island that have waves for boogie boarding and the northern side offers calmer waters for kayaking and paddleboarding.
- We liked the freedom of having a rental. We would need to book two rooms at a hotel and found this option just as economical. We liked the option of having food take out.
- Bring lots of sunblock and sun gear!