A jagged rainbow of reds, blues and greens stretches across these cliffs.. The Scene The Aquinnah cliffs, which sit upon Wampanoag reservation land, present a riot of color created by the action of millions of years of erosion on sand, clay and gravel. The best viewpoint is from an adjacent hilltop, upon which sits a lighthouse, a cluster of seafood shacks and gift stores, and a few telescopes. Getting closer is not encouraged: the cliffs are a national landmark and climbing them or removing clay are both prohibited.
Philbin beach has the sand, surf and sounds that make the perfect peace of nature. Lobsterville beach has less surf and is an easier place for children to swim. Menemsha Pond beach has very calm warm water and is a great place to find horseshoe crabs and other sea animal life. Great sunsets from the cliffs or beach! Tourist shops just as you'd expect. Fewer people than down island.
If you've never been in a place so peaceful that the ocean echos against beautiful colored clay cliffs, while imagining you can actually hear the chants of ancient Indian tribes, then you have never been to Aquinnah. It is spectacular and magical... as long as you aren't with a bus tour that is passing by. Make a trip here by car or stay at one of the wonderful homes in the area. Explore... It is WELL WORTH the cost!