7 fun things illegal migrants can do in Martha’s Vineyard this month


The arrival of 50 illegal migrants on Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday shocked the small island but inadvertently briefly introduced foreign visitors to one of America’s top travel destinations.

Martha’s Vineyard’s close-knit, affluent community, made up of mostly Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, had proudly taken in the migrants after they were flown in by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R).

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Noting that Florida enforces immigration laws, DeSantis reasoned that “it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we’ll facilitate that transportation for you to get to greener pastures.”

The migrants’ stay in the Vineyard was short-lived, however, as Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) quickly deported them from the island. Baker announced that he would send them to a military base on Cape Cod on Friday because “the island communities are not equipped to provide sustainable housing” for the mostly Venezuelan nationals.

In light of the revelation that Martha’s Vineyard is not immune to receiving planes from illegal migrants — planes Biden has also sent dozens of to cities across America since taking office — and because the DeSantis team floated the idea of ​​sending more to Martha’s Vineyard, below is a list of activities on the island for new arrivals.

1. Take a Ferry to Nantucket

The illegal migrants were transferred from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole, a ride in which some left their buses on the ferry to “gaze over the glittering waters of Cape Cod,” the Cape Cod Times reported. If they have $41, they can also take a one-way ferry to Nantucket to see more shimmering water through October.

Hy-Line Ferry in Nantucket Harbor on Aug. 9, 2014 in Nantucket. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

2. Visit the lighthouses

Martha’s Vineyard is home to five historic lighthouses.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA - AUGUST 22: A general view of the Edgartown Lighthouse on August 22, 2014 in Martha's Vineyard, MA.  (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

A general view of the Edgartown Lighthouse on August 22, 2014 in Martha’s Vineyard. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

3. Go to a public beach

There are several easily accessible beaches, including a little-known nudist beach called Moshup Beach, which is located by the Gay Head lighthouse and cliffs on the west side of the island.

AQUINNAH, MA - MAY 22: The Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah, MA on Martha's Vineyard are pictured on May 22, 2019. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The Gay Head cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard are pictured May 22, 2019. (Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe via Getty Images)

4. Take advantage of off-season restaurant deals

The lull after Labor Day is an excellent time to visit Martha’s Vineyard, when tourism has died out but restaurants and shops remain open, according to a blog post by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.

People will gather outside restaurants on Martha's Vineyard in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, US, on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Governor Charlie Baker may make an announcement by the end of this week regarding a timeline for restaurants to resume indoor table service with many distance restrictions, cleaning protocols and other measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, Eater Boston reported.  Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

People gather outside restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, June 18, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

5. See famous settings of jaws

There are a number of areas on Martha’s Vineyard to see filming locations from Steven Spielberg’s classic American thriller film jawsbut perhaps the most famous is the “jaws bridge” connecting Edgartown and Oak Bluffs.

EDGARTOWN, MA - AUGUST 11: A boy jumps off 'Jaws Bridge' during JawsFest: The Tribute, a festival honoring the movie Jaws, on the island of Martha's Vineyard on August 11, 2012 in Edgartown, Massachusetts.  Primarily shot in Martha's Vineyard, the film tells the story of a huge great white shark that attacks humans along the coast of the fictional Amity Island.  In the movie, the great white shark swims through this channel to kill a boater in a coastal pond.  Less than two weeks ago, a man was confirmed to have been bitten by a great white shark along the shoreline of nearby Cape Cod.  An increase in the seal population on Cape Cod has led to an increase in shark sightings, including great whites.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A boy jumps off “Jaws Bridge” during JawsFest: The Tribute, a festival honoring the film Jaws, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard on August 11, 2012, in Edgartown, Massachusetts. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

6. Buy clothes from Black Dog or Vineyard Vines

There are several shops in Martha’s Vineyard that sell clothing from The Black Dog and Vineyard Vines, two companies whose recognizable logos, the black Labrador/boxer mix and the laughing whale, originate from Martha’s Vineyard. A Black Dog T-shirt costs about $35.

The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern located in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha's Vineyard.  The restaurant was founded in 1971 and became known for its souvenir T-shirts, which bear the logo of the black dog of the same name.  They then expanded to sell other products with the same logo.  (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern located in Vineyard Haven. The restaurant was established in 1971 and became known for its souvenir T-shirts, which bear the logo of the black dog of the same name. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)

7. Check out Chappaquiddick Island

The island on Martha’s Vineyard is known for its beaches, the Cape Poge lighthouse, hiking trails, birdwatching, lack of internet, and an infamous 1969 incident where Senator Ted Kennedy, the brother of President John F. Kennedy, carelessly drove his car from a bridge drove. resulting in the death of a 28-year-old campaign worker.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, EDGARTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - 10/22/2012: Mature couple fishing from the bridge, Chappaquiddick.  (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Couple fishing at Dike Bridge in Chappaquiddick. (John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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