Join us for this perennial favorite to a nude area on Marthas Vineyard Island, Massachusetts, at Aquinnah (Gayhead) near the Gayhead lighthouse. This guided trip gives you the how-to so you can return on your own another time.
Travelers take the 9:30 AM ferry from Woods Hole Ferry Terminal on Cape Cod (Woods Hole is just south of Falmouth, MA) for the crossing to Oaks Bluff township on Marthas Vineyard Island. There you meet up with Pilgrims Steve Giblin who will already be on the island ahead of everyone. Steve meets people with a Pilgrim sign at the dock. From there you will share the cost of taxis or a shuttle van to get to the beach. Arrival at the beach itself is late morning.
Bring everything you need for a several hour stay as this beach is remote and there are no services and no life guards.
Pack a cover up in the event of a cool sea breeze or too much sun, sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher recommended), bathing suit for off-site movements, snacks or lunch, and plenty of liquid refreshments. We also recommend some good sandals or sneakers for a short crossing over a rocky area of the beach to the traditional nude-use area.
Late afternoon the taxis or van return to pick the group up for the return trip back to town. Travelers can then elect to return to the mainland by ferry or remain on the island for some touristing, dinner, and a later ferry home. Some people return to the mainland and take in Woods Hole or other Cape Cod offerings.
Overall estimated cost for the trip including parking, round trip ferry, and the cost of taxi share runs about $50-$60 per individual on the average. Those car-pooling and sharing parking will have a lesser per-person cost of course. This is comparable with a day-visit to area naturist RV parks.
Steve has a plan for public transit travelers from the Boston area. Ask for details and we will have Steve contact you. It is possible, but you have to be downtown Boston VERY EARLY!
Alternate Ferry service is available from Quonsett Point in Narragansett, RI but the RI ferry arrives at a different time. Anyone using this ferry needs to let Steve know so he can meet that boat and hold the group till everyone is there from both ferry crossings.
Get a ferry schedule! Dont get stuck on the island! Last ferry returns to the mainland around 9:00 PM.
You must register with us so we can have a head count for on-island transportation estimates at the e-mail address appearing below with name, reply e-mail address, number in your group (1, 2, 3, etc.), and a contact cell phone number. Steve will need your phone number in the event of last minute changes, bad weather, you get lost, etc. We will give you Steves number in return if you have any questions.
Any inclement weather announcements or changes will be posted to our announcement line at 617-942-1150 or sent via e-mail as soon as we have details in hand. Rain date is usually the following Sunday unless the weekend is a weather wash-out.
Post Script - In 2006 (over 10 years ago) the town announced a plan for enforcing its standing anti-nudity ordinance ($50 fine - non-criminal offense akin to a parking ticket). However, in the years since, the anti-nudity signs came down and there has been no evidence of enforcement since then. The location appears to be status quo as far as nudity is concerned.
Register / or send questions to: email@example.com. Please enter MV TRIP in the subject line.
Or call 617-942-1150 for our voice mail announcement line. Please use e-mail for a quicker response.
Steamship Authority Ferry
Take 9:30 Boat from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs https://www.steamshipauthority.com
Adult $17.00 Round Trip, Per Person
Child 5-12, $9.00 Round Trip, Per Child
Age 4 and Under, Free
We share on-island transportation but if you bring a bike - $8.00 additional
Downloadable PDF Schedule and Fare Chart
Steamship Parking Lots
$15.00 A Day (other lots may vary) https://www.steamshipauthority.com/visitors/parking
Walk to Ferry from lot across the street, or take the
free shuttle bus from remote lot on Rt 28.
Shared-cost On-Island Taxi or Van, Dock-To-Beach & Return hired shuttle
Approx $20.00-$23.00 Per Person distributed cost, Tip Included, which Steve will collect on trip day.
Our hired private shuttle drops the group off near the beach and picks up there later in the day.
Alternate: On-Island bus is $13.00 round trip (2 one-way tickets) dropping off at Gayhead Lighthouse.
All day transit passes start at $8.00 and upward depending on towns/miles traveled.
The beach is about 22 miles from the ferry dock, or about a 45 minute ride which includes various stops.
Alternate Ferry Service Info
Passenger Ferry from Falmouth, MA to Oak Bluffs: https://hylinecruises.com/schedules-rates/marthas-vineyard-ferries/"
Passenger Ferry from Quonset Point, RI to Oak Bluffs: http://www.vineyardfastferry.com/"
Passenger From Ferry New Bedford, MA to Martha's Vineyard: http://www.seastreak.com/newbedfordma.aspx
Please remember to tell us which ferry you will arrive on that morning. Ferry boats come in to different docks at Oak Bluffs
Some ferry services may not arrive at Oaks Bluff, but at Vineyard Haven. Always Check!
We need you on the island between 10:00 AM and 10:45 AM.
The 9:30 AM ferry from Woods Hole arrives about 10:15 AM at Oaks Bluff.
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Our thanks to Pete and Steve for the additional info.