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Tips for Renting a Vacation Home on Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard rental is available in every town on the vineyard. If you want to be close to major island activities, you can find rentals in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven. Or, if you prefer tranquility, you can find vacation rentals in West Tisbury, Aquinnah, Menemsha and Chappaquiddick that will suit your style.

Martin's vineyards are larger than many people realize. While oak bluffs, Haven Vineyards and even Edgartown are easily reached by ferries, West Tisbury, Chappaquiddick and other areas require a little more time and effort. Ferries from Woods Hole and Hyannis, MA, go to the terminals at Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.

So, if you are renting a house in these cities, you will be within minutes. House rentals in Edgartown will be 10-25 minutes away from the ferry terminals. Vacation rentals in Aquinna or Tisbury will be 25-45 minutes from the ferry. Renting at Chappaquiddick requires a short crossing on another ferry to Chappaquiddick Island.

Vineyard vacation rentals come in all sizes and price ranges. There are simple 1 or 2 bedroom cottages and there are beautiful rental properties with more than 5 bedrooms, swimming pools, tennis courts and more.

Recently, President Obama rented a vacation home that contained expansive grounds, abundant privacy, and amenities suitable for the President.

When looking for a rental, keep in mind that there are only a few large supermarkets on the island. If you plan to eat frequently or stock up for a week, this may be fine, but if you expect to get food a few times, you might want to consider how far it will be until the store.

You may also want to consider the proximity of the lease to your major winery attractions. Most of the activities and attractions are near Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, and these 3 cities are within 10-15 minutes of each other. If you are renting a house in Aquinas, plan to drive 30-50 minutes to reach the restaurants and shops in those cities.

Many renting Martha's Vineyard will not allow dogs. Of course, some do, and if you need a home that allows dogs, just make sure you check with your rental agent or owner.

The temperature at the vineyard becomes colder at night, so most of the rented rooms do not have air conditioning and are usually not needed for a comfortable sleep. However, if you think you may need air conditioning, be sure to check for rentals that you think have this feature.

Of course Martha's Vineyard is an island and many holiday apartments are within walking distance of the beach. Although there are many great public beaches on the Vineyard, there are also many excellent private beaches and you can generally have access to these beautiful beaches if your rental house is nearby.

The rent will generally require payment throughout the week as well as a security deposit which will be refunded assuming no damage at the end of the rental period.