Great Escape: Wasque Beach
Great Escapes: Great Escape: Wasque Beach
Getting from Boston to the best beach will take some effort, but visiting the Vineyard is definitely worth it. Where to start? Woods hole. And you can get there on less than a tank.
We cruise away from Woods Hole aboard the Martha's Vineyard steamship ferry. One thing's for sure, it's not your typical beach day.
The bad weather is "for the birds," but some passengers, myself included, hope to make the most of it anyway.
After pulling into Oak Bluffs, leave the other tourists behind and head to little-known Wasque Beach. Just follow the signs through Edgartown to Chappaquiddick Island.
"We just decided we wanted to come to Chappaquiddick and just started driving and just found it. Didn't really know it was here," Wasque Beach Visitor Jane Hallman said.
Once you find hidden Wasque Beach, you'll see why Travel and Leisure Magazine named it the best beach in New England. This nature-lover's paradise is surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. It's pristine, serene, and rain or shine, it's a beach-goers' delight.
"It's just really nice here, there's no one else, you're by yourself. It's just a great view," beach visitor Nick Hallman said.
"When the weather's nice, maybe there's a ton of people out there, but it's just so secluded and peaceful. It was a fun experience," visitor John Hallman said.
Fun to see on a rainy day, even more fun when the sun's out.
"Sunbathe, swimming, reading a book, playing with your kids, you can actually bring dogs out to the property, which is really nice," trustee of reservations Kate Conde said.
Next to Wasque, explore the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge. Here, see the dike bridge, site of the infamous "Chappaquiddick Incident," then take an over sand vehicle tour, or for a really big thrill, take your own 4-wheel drive over the sand.
Though the permit is pricey, driving right along the water's edge is priceless.
"The scenery out here is just dramatic, it's great," John Hallman said.
You can visit the remote Cape Poge Lighthouse, spot scallopers sifting for seafood, or get out of the car and stroll along the shore. Whatever the weather, a visit to Wasque won't disappoint.
Boston to the Vineyard and back, just 184 miles including the ferry ride.
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