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Named for its abundant wild grapes, Marthas Vineyard and subsequently, Edgartown Harbor, was once a home for whalers, smugglers, and pirates, but now teems with tourists and well-to-do year-round residents.
Nestled south of Cape Cod in the beautiful green-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Edgartown is larger and more populated than Vineyard Haven, but Vineyard Haven is far more popular with tourists and visitors.
Drawn by the relatively cool summer temperatures, fishing, excellent sailing and beach-going activities, Edgartown Harbor is one of the most popular yachting destinations on the U.S. East Coast.
Located on the east end of Marthas Vineyard, Edgartown has two approach routes; one from Nantucket Sound to the north, and one from the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Approaching Edgartown Harbor from the south, mariners must navigate Muskeeget Channel and Hawes Shoal, the latter of which is not marked. Once clear of Hawes Shoal, honor the red and green nun buys off Cape Poge, which is marked by a 66-foot-high lighthouse, and then start your approach to Edgartown Harbor, minding the can and nun buoys marking the route.
The approach from Nantucket Sound is more straightforward. You can either shortcut behind Squash Meadow Shoals into Edgartown Harbor, or pick up the red and white Morse (A) buoy in the main channel of Nantucket Sound that marks the opening to Edgartown Harbor.
Click here to see a map of Edgartown Harbor
Edgartown was first inhabited by the Wampanoag Indians, the same tribe that established Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims. As more Europeans migrated to the United States, they started to buy land and displace the native Wampanoag.
Whaling took center stage in the 1800s and whaling captains reaped enormous profits from the sale of their whaling oil here. After the Civil War, the long decline of the whaling industry led to a booming tourist industry, which still remains today. The rise in tourism has brought development to the Edgartown area and visitors every summer enjoy its beautiful beaches and waterfront.
Edgartown Harbor was also the main shooting location for the film Jaws although sharks are rarely sighted around the harbor.
Edgartown Harbor and Marthas Vineyard have many great outdoor activities and cultural attractions for tourists to enjoy including beaches, museums, and parks.
Here are a few of our favorites nearby Edgartown Harbor:
Edgartown Lighthouse - 121 N Water Street
South Beach - Katama Road
Chappaquiddick Island - Chappaquiddick Island
Mytoi Garden - Dike Road
Marthas Vineyard Museum - 59 School Street
Old Whaling Church - 89 Main Street
Edgartown Harbor is located steps away from downtown with many great restaurants and shopping that Marthas Vineyard has to offer.
Here are some of the best places to eat, drink, and shop nearby Edgartown Harbor:
Lucky Hanks (Breakfast & Cafe) - 218 Upper Main Street
Among the Flowers Cafe (Breakfast & Cafe) - 17 Mayhew Lane
Atria (Fine Dining) - 137 Main Street
The Port Hunter (Fine Dining) - 55 Main Street
The Newes from America Pub (Food & Drinks) - 23 Kelley Street
Detente (Drinks) - 15 Winter Street
Downtown (Shopping) - Main Street & Water Street
Marthas Vineyard Wine Festival - four day island-wide celebration of wine and food
Edgartown Race Weekend - Sailing race around Marthas Vineyard.
Independence Day Celebration - Parade, entertainment, food, and fireworks.
Christmas in Edgartown - Weekend Christmas festival, parade, and entertainment.
Marthas Vineyard does not have any regularly scheduled commercial air service, but charter flights are available to and from the island to New Bedford Harbor, Providence Harbor, Hyannis Harbor and Boston Harbor.
A local car rental service is available to those who wish to undertake extensive exploration of the island, although most visitors travel by foot or bicycle (rentals available ashore).
See the "Helpful Links" section at the bottom of this page for more details on transportation to and from the island.