Oak Bluffs, MA, USA

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Oak Bluffs, MA, USA

Oak Bluffs vacation rentals

Take the ferry to fun at Oak Bluffs

If you're heading over to Martha's Vineyard, the chances are Oak Bluffs is where you'll step off the ferry. And there's probably no need to go further. Oak Bluffs—with its placid beaches, its ice cream parlors piled with fancies, and its streets lined with gingerbread cottages—has plenty to delight visitors. There are also carousels to ride, fishing boats to hire, and winding lanes to bike down. No wonder that Oak Bluffs vacation rentals top the list for places to stay on MV, especially for those with kids.

Oak Bluffs—simple seaside pleasures

As a town surrounded on three sides by the sea, much of what goes on in Oak Bluffs involves a healthy mix of sun, sea, and sand. Picnic hampers and spades at the ready, then, for days of paddling, sunbathing, and snacking next to sun-spangled waves. The more active-minded can grab a paddle, and head out in a kayak or on a paddleboard since the waters are calm here. Then there are lungfuls of fresh, salt-tanged air to invigorate those taking fishing trips around the area. And greens with a view greet those teeing up at Oak Bluffs' scenic golf course.

Gingerbread treats and flying horses in Oak Bluffs

Many Oak Bluff vacation rentals lie on the north side of town, near the iconic white lighthouse tower of the East Chop Light. It has fantastic views back across to Falmouth. Seaside views are one thing, but it's a one-time religious camping ground that has the real eye candy here. The so-called 'gingerbread cottages' are as brightly colored as they are tiny, and were built by 19th-century Methodists in the vivid Gothic Carpenter style. Kids and parents will be all awhirl after a ride on the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest operating merry-go-round in the country.

Oak Bluffs—a walk on the mild side

The Atlantic Ocean plays a big role in Martha's Vineyard weather, helping to keep this Massachusetts island relatively mild, whatever the season. If you've booked Oak Bluffs vacation rentals to make the most of the beach, July or August are ideal: expect a warm 70-80°F with few rainy days. September is only slightly cooler, a rather pleasant 70°F, and you'll notice the streets and ice-cream parlors are a little less crowded. And while spring may be fresh, it is the perfect time enjoy an outdoors Oak Bluffs break, glowing at its verdant best.

The bays and birds of Oak Bluffs

It's out in the bays surrounding Martha's Vineyard that nature is at its wildest. Boats can be hired to whisk you out to spot whales or dolphins. On land, Oak Bluffs presents its softer side, with its gently rolling fields, woods, and meadows. These slip into marshes or dune banks where they meet the sea. There are some wonderful birding chances at nature preserves like Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, with swans, kestrels, and heron being common. And by the shore, you may find crabs, clams, shrimp, or even the primal and bizarre horseshoe crabs.