Edgartown is an incredibly picturesque town located on Martha’s Vineyard’s eastern end. Experience our stunning town on foot or bicycle and take in the lovely landscaped streets, charming architecture, and impressive history. Here are a few of our favorite points of information for the town we love so much:
- Edgartown boasts nine beaches, including the beautiful South Beach (also known as Katama Beach) and Norton Point.
- South Beach is a popular crashing ocean beach that runs the entire southern length of the island from Edgartown to Aquinnah. Much of the beach in Edgartown is open to the public with ample parking available.
- The town also encompasses several wildlife preserves as well as the island of Chappaquiddick, one of the most untouched, tranquil, and sparsely populated areas of the Vineyard.
- Edgartown was an old whaling port with a multitude of houses built by whaling captains and other prominent people of prior centuries.
- Water Street along the harbor is the location of many of these "Captain's Homes" which line both sides of the street.
- The Whaling Church, a large 18th century church, has been converted to a performing arts center and the adjacent Daniel Fisher House is now used for a variety of social functions.
- The Edgartown Harbor Light at the end of north Water Street defines the entrance to the Harbor. The opening of the harbor serves as an anchor point for small and large sailing and motorized boats, with large ships or yachts anchoring outside the harbor.
- Edgartown was used as the main shooting location for the town of Amity in Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster Jaws. Many landmarks and buildings in Edgartown that were filmed in the movie can still be seen today.