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Beach Weekend Getaway in Martha's Vineyard
By Ferry: Ferries to the island run out of Falmouth (Island Queen to Edgartown), Woods Hole (Steamship Authority to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs), and Hyannis (Hy-Line Ferry into Oak Bluffs). The latter is the most expensive and lengthy of the three. Steamship provides the most frequent services, operating multiple trips daily year round. Leave yourself plenty of time for travel as parking for Steamship is off-site, requiring free bus transport to the dock that could tack on a half hour or more to the trip. It's complicated and expensive to bring a car; bikes require a nominal charge.
By Car: Depending on time of year, driving to the Ferry port can take 1-1/2 to many hours down I-93 South.
By Bus: Peter Pan Bus Lines runs service from Boston to Woods Hole.
Since you won't be bringing a car to the island, you'll have to rely on alternate transportation: foot, cab, bike, moped, or bus. When biking, be wary of traffic, and especially wary of sand that can wipe out a bicycle in a hurry.
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