On one of our recent vacations in Martha's Vineyard, we rented bicycles from Wheel Happy in Edgartown. They have two Edgartown locations. We went to the shop on South Water Street directly across from the Harborside Inn. We rented one regular adult bike, one adult bike with a "tag along" for a child and one child bike. The shop provided helmets, bike locks and a map of the island.
We decided on a bike ride down towards South Beach and went along Water Street to Katama Road. One thing to note is that there are not many places along the roads on this part of the island to get drinks or food so plan accordingly. There is one general store on Katama Road on the way to South Beach but this is the last store so make sure you have plenty of water and snacks as needed.
The ride to the eastern entrance and parking area of South Beach is an easy ride for all ages. It's very flat and there is a nice large bikepath off from the roadway. It's about 3-4 miles to the beach and you pass many open fields and residential homes. Once you arrive at the beach, you might want to take a short break and check it out. Conveniently, there are bike racks on which you can lock your bikes as well as relatively clean porta-potties if you or the kids need a bathroom break.
You can continue the ride westward along Atlantic Drive which runs parallel to the beach. After about a half mile you will hit the western entrance and parking area which also has porta-potties. Note that neither parking area has any type of food stand.
After the western parking area, the road turns towards the north and back toward Edgartown. It goes past the Katama airfield which is literally a grass airfield that is used by older biplanes and planes. You will also bike past the entrance to the Farm Institute, a popular working farm with many learning activities for kids and families.
After about 1-2 miles, the road will connect with Katama Road near where the Katama general store is. From here, you may turn on South Water Street and head back towards Wheel Happy and downtown Edgartown, or keep going straight and extend your ride a bit.
Other bicycle rides on Martha's Vineyard include riding from Oak Bluffs along Seaview Ave and the State Beach. We biked this route a few years ago and have a summary of this ride on our Martha's Vineyard bike rentals page. It's also relatively flat and is very scenic, the bike path is parallel to the beach with many good views. Another option is the State Forest along Edgartown-West Tisbury Road. There are many bike paths around and in the forest. These rides are much more remote, they are not near the beach and are in the middle of woods and undeveloped areas.
If you decide to try the Oak Bluffs bike route, consider renting bicycles in Oak Bluffs at Anderson's Bike Rentals. They are right near the harbor, near the Hyline ferry terminal and have great prices and helpful employees.
We hope you enjoyed this video and pictures from our bike ride and have a chance to do this ride yourself.
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