While Martha’s Vineyard is known as one of the greatest summer time vacation spots, it's all too often that travelers disregard a trip to the island outside of the summer months. With the spring season just around the corner, Martha’s Vineyard is an excellent destination for families, couples, or solo travelers looking for some rest and relaxation. If you’re asking “why should I visit Martha’s Vineyard in the spring?” then we have the answers you need.
First let’s address the elephant in the room: the beaches. Perhaps more than anything else, Martha’s Vineyard is known for its array of incredible beaches and many of you might be wondering what’s the point of coming to the island if you can’t enjoy the beaches to the fullest. While we definitely wouldn’t recommend a dip in the ocean during March or April, there's way more to the Martha’s Vineyard beaches than swimming. You can stock up on delicious food in downtown Oak Bluffs and take a 5 minute walk to set up a beach picnic at the Oak Bluffs Town Beach for example. You can skip stones and search for wampum at the Lighthouse Beach in Edgartown, and there’s never a bad day to watch the sunset on Menemsha Beach. So yes, swimming is off the table but just about every other benefit is waiting for you on the shore!
The absolute best reason to visit Martha's Vineyard during the spring is the major difference in population on the island outside of summertime. Since the island is so well-known as a summertime destination things can get very very crowded. The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce estimates that the island is “home to roughly 17,000 year-round residents. During the summer months, the population increases to nearly 200,000. Sixty-three percent of all homes on the Vineyard belong to seasonal residents”. That is over a 10x increase in population during the summer months! When you decide to visit Martha's Vineyard in the offseason you get an entirely different level of tranquility compared to the summer, and after the past few years a vacation should be a relaxing time above all else!
In the springtime, now that the weather is starting to get much nicer, the many outdoor activities offered by Martha's Vineyard are ready for you to explore - without the crowds that come with a summertime visit! The famous Gay Head cliffs are open to the public year-round and getting there with your friends and family for some once-in-a-lifetime photos is just so much better when there's no one else in the background. Take a stroll around the gingerbread houses in the campgrounds of Oak Bluffs, or take a bike ride up beach road connecting Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. These are just a few classic outdoor activities that can make your vacation perfect during a spring time visit.
If you're looking for a place to stay on your springtime getaway to Martha's Vineyard make sure to check out our many rental properties or you can reach out to us on our website with any rental inquiries and we'll help you out with whatever you need. If you're already planning a trip to Martha's Vineyard this March make sure to check out our recent blog post on some fun activities you can do on the island during your stay.