Martha’s Vineyard Car Rental

If you are planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard you may want a rental car to explore the island. The Vineyard is larger than folks expect and if you want to see all of the sights you’ll be happy to have a car for cruising around.

The car rental agencies on Martha’s Vineyard include: Hertz, Budget and A-A Island Rental. You’ll find these businesses at the airport and in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven. You should absolutely call and make reservations because vehicles get booked quickly during popular summer weeks.

The Vineyard is a fun, exciting place and you might want a car that matches this feeling. These agencies have Jeeps, Mini Coopers, convertible Mustangs, SUVs and, if you must have one…minivans.

We’ve rented from the A-A Island Rental location in Oak Bluffs and it’s very convenient to the Oak Bluffs Ferry terminal. So, if you arrive on the Steamship Authority ferry in Oak Bluffs, it’s an easy walk to pick up your car. A-A Island has the cool cars and also practical sedans and has good service.

One thing to keep in mind while renting a car on Martha’s Vineyard is that there are not many gas stations on the island. So, plan accordingly and make sure you get information about this when you rent your car. This is especially important if you head “up-island” to the towns of Tisbury, Menemsha or Aquinnah. There are more gas stations near Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown.

If you do rent a car, you should consider taking advantage of it and exploring places other visitors may not see. This includes, the colorful clay cliffs in Aquinnah (Gay Head), the sunset in Menemsha, the quaint countryside in Tisbury and Chilmark and the South Beach area in Edgartown.

One other place to explore is Chappaquiddick. You’ll take a 5 minute ferry from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick and your car goes on the ferry. Then, you’ll drive off the ferry and explore the miles of roads and land on “Chappy”. One attraction on Chappy is the Mytoi Japanese gardens. Another is the Wildlife refuge in Cape Poge. This is the location of the bridge Ted Kennedy drove off in 1969, killing his woman companion. The bridge has been rebuilt but you can get a sense of the road and landscape involved in this terrible tragedy.

Generally, you can find parking at most destinations on the Vineyard. If you go to Menemsha for the sunset, you might have a tough time finding a space and we’d recommend you go before 3:30 to avoid problems with parking.

There aren’t any highways or major roads on the island and in many locations you’ll need to share the road with joggers, bikers and other tourists.

If you visit the Vineyard, we think you’ll be happy to have a car and we hope you find one at one of the places we’ve discussed.