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Frequently Asked Questions

How large is Martha’s Vineyard?

Martha’s Vineyard is approximately 96 square miles, roughly triangular in shape, 25 miles (42k) at it’s longest point east to west, and 9 miles (12.8k)  at the longest point north to south.

Is Martha’s Vineyard one big town?

No, in fact there are 6 distinctive towns on the Vineyard, each with its own character, flare, attractions, dining, lodging and more. Tisbury,  (which includes the year-round harbor port of Vineyard Haven), Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are vibrant port communities, very unique from one another, very easy to walk around and very easy to get between  There are three rural towns,  West Tisbury, Chilmark (including the fishing village of Menemsha) and Aquinnah, offer a more pastoral landscape, dotted with small farms, cozy shopping and galleries in a rural environment.  

How many people live on Martha’s Vineyard?

The Vineyard is home to 15,000 year-round residents. During the summer months the population increases to 115,000. Sixty-three percent of the homes on the Vineyard belong to seasonal residents.   

How do I get to Martha’s Vineyard?

The Island of Martha’s Vineyard can be reached by sea or by air; there are no land routes, bridges or tunnels connecting it to the mainland. Most travelers arrive by ferry or fly into our airport. All ferry services offer driving directions, fares and schedules and parking information on their websites.

Is Martha’s Vineyard Too Expensive?

On the contrary, a Martha’s Vineyard experience is available on every budget! The best parts of the Vineyard, the natural beauty, arts, culture, and beaches can be enjoyed for little or no cost! Public transportation around the Island is reliable and inexpensive. Check out our Stay Here and Last Minute Lodging pages for deals on accommodations. Dining options vary. The good news is that it doesn’t matter if you’re eating on a picnic table or a 4-star restaurant, it will all be fresh, local and delicious!

How Do I Get Around?

Getting around the Vineyard is easy! Affordable, handicapped accessible public buses, as well as taxis, transverse the Vineyard daily. Autos, mopeds, and bicycles are available for rent.  If you choose to bring your own car to Martha's Vineyard, please contact the Steamship Authority ferry to arrange for advanced vehicle reservations at (508) 477-8600.

Where can I find a tour?

Sightseeing tours depart virtually every day (weather permitting, May through November) from Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven from Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing or call (508) 693-4681. Private sightseeing tours are also available for individuals and groups and aerial, walking and water tours are also available!

Where can I shop?

Martha’s Vineyard is a shopper’s paradise! Although you won’t find a mall or chain store on the Island, the Vineyard is home to exclusive shops and boutiques offering antiques, handcrafts, whimsical gifts and designer label clothing.

For art collectors, the Island has wonderful art galleries showing the best in traditional and contemporary art. Hand-blown glass, metalwork sculpture, one-of-a-kind jewelry and just about every other medium you can think of. You’ll find work by locally and nationally recognized artists represented.  Whether you’re shopping with a particular item in mind, or just looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, shoppers will leave the Vineyard loaded with treasures.

Is there anything to do in the off-season?

The best kept secret is that late spring and all of autumn are PERFECT times to visit the Vineyard! A temperate climate keeps us warm through the fall, and most Vineyarders enjoy the natural beauty of the Island year-round. Birders, cyclers, golfers, kayakers, hikers and fisherman will love the brilliant weather that allows so much outdoor activity. Festivals abound in the off-season – check out our Calendar of Events for all the year-round fun!