Friday, January 04, 2008

Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is home to the best nude beach in New England. It is serene and refreshing to enjoy absolute peace. The clay cliffs make a breathtaking backdrop to the beautiful ocean. Since the Vineyard is further south than most other nude recreation areas in New England, the water tends to be a bit warmer here.

The trip to Gay Head is an adventurous one that requires a bit of planning. No bridge spans the Atlantic Ocean between mainland Massachusetts and the island, so all travelers must take the ferry. The ride is a quick 40 minutes, just enough time to wake up in the morning and nap in the evening. The beach is accessed by bus from the ferry. Gay Head is a great place for a first nude experience. Everyone is friendly, but at the same time you are given as much privacy as you desire.

Directions: We take the ferry from Woods Hole (see fares and schedules on the Steamship Authority website). If you land at Vineyard Haven, you can take the number 3 bus (Vineyard Haven to West Tisbury) to the number 5 bus (West Tisbury-Chilmark-Aquinnah). There is a map with these routes at the Vineyard Transit Authority website. The bus fares are quite reasonable. The beach can be reached by taking the beach path at the bottom of the road to the boardwalk, then following the beach down until you see other naked people.

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