Moshup Beach

Moshup Beach is often overlooked by Martha's Vineyard tourists, though you won't want to miss it if you are a true beach lover. You also won't want to miss it if you enjoy general sightseeing or have an interest in natural history. Serving as the backdrop for this lovely beach are the famed Aquinnah Cliffs, the likes of which give immaculate insight into the forces that shaped the region's landscape. The Aquinnah Cliffs are some of the top attractions on the island and are comprised of different colored sands, clays, and gravels, and it's all complemented by the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Capping it all off is a picturesque lighthouse, and thanks to limited development, the scene is quite pristine.

Moshup Beach, or Aquinnah Beach as it is also known, can be found near the town of Aquinnah on the west side of Martha's Vineyard. Stretching for approximately a half mile, it is a soft beach, especially if you are talking about New England beaches, and while the water is usually quite cold, it can be a great place to take a dip. The more remote nature of Moshup Beach means that it doesn't usually get as crowded as the other Martha's Vineyard beaches. In fact, you might see more birds that people, though word is getting out and tourists are starting to arrive in greater number. A beach this enticing can't remain a secret forever.

The peaceful strip of sand that is Moshup Beach Martha's Vineyard can be a wonderful place to spend a few hours or more during the warmer season. You don't have to pay anything to gain access to the beach, and should you be driving over, there is a pay lot that you can take advantage of. Not far from the lot is a path that leads to the beach's public boardwalk. It is a bit of a trek down to the beach, and if you are worried about finding a spot at the small parking lot, you might drop some passengers off at the boardwalk. Many visitors also drop most of their stuff off at the boardwalk, and one person is left to park while the others head down to secure a spot. There are public restrooms near the Moshup Beach parking lot.

It should be noted that while nudism is against the law on Moshup Beach, there are certain areas where nudists tend to congregate. In past decades, nudism was permitted, and nude bathers often treated themselves to mud baths using the mud from the cliffs. These days, removing mud or clay from the cliffsides for any purpose is against the law. Climbing the cliffs is also against the law, so you'll want to refrain from that as well.

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