Katama Beach is one of the best public beaches in Martha's Vineyard. Found approximately four miles south of Edgartown, this beach stretches for some three miles and caters to all kinds of people. These people include surfers, thanks to the relatively rough surf. Others hoping to spend some time on this barrier strand of sand might inquire about the swimming conditions. Lifeguards are in place to help you decide whether or not to go in the water, and if it's just too rough for your taste, you can always check out the protected salt-pond side. This beach is essentially two beaches in one. Maybe that's why it goes by two different names.
Katama Beach Martha's Vineyard is also known as South Beach, and this has everything to do with the fact that it is found on the island's southern coast. Regardless of what you call it, it is a pretty sight to behold, partly because of the contrast that is caused by the white sand and the turquoise blue waters. A clean and well-groomed beach, it boasts sweeping dunes that only accentuate the visual allure, and due to its relatively long length, it is usually easy to find a good spot. Lifeguards tend to stick to certain parts of Katama Beach, which you might keep in mind, and the facilities include public restrooms. The ample parking is just one more plus, especially if you are renting a car or bringing your own to the island.
Unlike Menemsha Beach and some of the other beaches in Martha's Vineyard, Katama Beach isn't exactly close to food vendors or restaurants. As such, you might pack some food and drinks before you venture down. There is a general store on the way down if you are driving and need to pick up some snacks and such. If you aren't planning on driving to Katama Beach Martha's Vineyard, it can also be accessed by bike or shuttle bus.
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