Destination guide

Enjoy Martha’s Vineyard from charming Edgartown

Once a flourishing whaling port, Edgartown is now one of America’s prettiest towns. Perched on a natural harbor, it’s the quietest of the main settlements that make up Martha’s Vineyard. Spend the day on the beach, or head Downtown for a smorgasbord of shops, cafés, and restaurants. Back in its heyday the town was home to over 100 sea captains. Today, their elegant homes still line Edgartown’s postcard perfect streets. If you want to enjoy Martha’s Vineyard like a local, swap hotels for a unique Edgartown vacation rental. Choose from cute cottages, luxurious mansions, and even pet-friendly properties.

Things to do

Outdoor attractions aplenty in Edgartown

Sitting 1 mile southeast of the town center, Chappaquiddick Island is one of Edgartown’s main attractions. It’s connected to the mainland by a long sandy spit that juts out from South Beach. Get your feet wet, or catch the passenger ferry. Once you’re there, spend the day fishing, sunbathing, or cooling off in the surf. With its chocolate box charm, Edgartown Lighthouse is a great place for a windswept selfie. Soak up even more history at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, or get in touch with the Preservation Trust for a guided tour of Edgartown’s historic properties.

Activities

Sharks, shopping, and sunshine in Edgartown

Serving up history, charm, and bucket loads of natural beauty, Edgartown is one of America’s most coveted holiday destinations. When the sun’s shining don your swimsuit and head to Lighthouse Beach, just a 10-minute stroll from downtown Edgartown. If you’re a Jaws fan, reliving the famous opening scene at South Beach is a must. Edgartown is small, but the shopping is next level. Grab your credit card and hit up independent boutiques, art galleries, and gift shops for island-inspired souvenirs. The food in Edgartown is fabulous, with a smorgasbord of farm-to-table restaurants lining Main Street and Water Street.

Weather

Long, lazy summer days in Edgartown

Sitting just south of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard is at its best during the summer. The weather is sultry, the days are long, and the Atlantic Ocean is wonderfully warm. If you’d rather not share your beach umbrella, why not take advantage of Edgartown vacation rentals? The best properties feature private pools, manicured gardens, gourmet kitchens, and chic decor. For a more relaxing vacation consider visiting the island in late spring or early fall. It’s still warm enough to swim, and Edgartown has a laid-back local vibe.

Natural features

Explore Edgartown and beyond

Edgartown is one of the main communities that make up Martha’s Vineyard, with each area offering its own unique character. Base yourself at an Edgartown vacation rental property, then day trip to Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbuy, Chilmark, and Aquinnah. You can either rent a car, or navigate the island by bike. Martha’s Vineyard is a haven for wildlife, with plenty of opportunities to spot box turtles, water birds, otters, seals, and more. Explore the woodland trails of Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, or head to Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge for rugged coastal scenery. Of course, no visit to Martha’s Vineyard is complete without a little beach hopping.

How to get there

How to get to and around Edgartown

The nearest airport is in Vineyard Haven, MA (MVY-Martha's Vineyard), located 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Hyannis, MA (HYA-Barnstable Municipal), which is 22.5 mi (36.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Edgartown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,278 vacation rentals near Edgartown. From 1,012 Houses to 111 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Edgartown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Edgartown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Edgartown:

  • Katama: 310 vacation rentals
  • Hyannis: 1,147 vacation rentals
  • South Yarmouth: 1,389 vacation rentals
  • New Seabury: 265 vacation rentals
  • West Yarmouth: 490 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Edgartown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Edgartown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Edgartown Lighthouse: 2,217 vacation rentals
  • South Beach: 1,958 vacation rentals
  • Edgartown Public Library: 2,192 vacation rentals
  • Chappaquidick Dike Bridge: 2,350 vacation rentals
  • Mytoi Garden: 2,279 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Edgartown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Edgartown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,012 Houses in Edgartown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Edgartown include:

  • Cottages: 111 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 111 rentals available
  • Cabins: 111 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Edgartown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 172 vacation rentals with pool available in Edgartown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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