Moshup Beach | Public Beach in Aquinnah, Massachusetts

Moshup Beach, also known as Aquinnah Public Beach, is a jewel that can be found on the exclusive barrier island of Martha's Vineyard. It is also referred to as Gay Head or "the Cliffs Beach" by locals since that is what it is.

Moshup Beach Aquinnah Massachusetts
Moshup Beach Aquinnah Massachusetts

The beach is framed beautifully and dramatically by colorful rocks. The Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah owns and maintains these extraordinary cliffs as a National Landmark. The hues, which used to be under the water, range from orange, red, and mustard yellow to dark purple.

On Martha's Vineyard, a lot of the beaches are only accessible to locals and visitors who can prove they have a parking or beach ticket. Moshup Beach, on the other hand, is open to everyone. The greatest entry point is from the parking lot close to Moshup Trail (don't worry about the name; it's actually a street! ), which is located on the southwest promontory and offers decent surf. You may drop off your family and beach equipment before parking in the lot (which costs $15 per day during the summer) and using the bathrooms. It takes no more than 10 minutes to get back to the beach.

Although the authorities are attempting to crack down on naturist sunbathing, some guests choose to lounge in their undies on the pristine white sand.

About half a mile of the beach is available, but you may swim around the headland and continue down the shoreline, which is a part of the Aquinnah Headlands Preserve. It is forbidden to climb the cliffs, take mud baths, or remove any clay since doing so will seriously erode the area.

The beach is perfect for boogie and body boarding, striped bass and bluefish fishing from the shore, birding, beachcombing, and gathering unusual shells and bleached driftwood.