Aquinnah, formerly Gay Head, is known as the center of Wampanoag culture and tradition among members of the federally recognized Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head. Here you'll find the colorful Gay Head cliffs whose clay runs down to the water staining it yellow and red and the famed Gay Head Lighthouse.
The area is the least populated town on the Vineyard with just 439 residents. Children go to school in Chilmark. There are a few seasonal shops and eateries located at the Cliffs, and the Outermost Inn is the only hotel, usually open until October 31, and new in 2022, open for breakfast and brunch during the Christmas holidays until January 10, 2023. Always inquire if the Inn plans on doing the same in 2024 and in following years
Most beaches are private, giving rise to sales of percentages of a beach lot that allows you to bring a beach chair and enjoy the beach and sun, but includes no building rights.
One of the most beautiful settings in Aquinnah is Lobsterville Beach. If you rent in the area near the beach, ask about rights to use it.
Residents have access to Philbin Beach on the south shore, while renters can use it by paying for a day pass.
Buying Property in Aquinnah
North Aquinnah – The area generally north of State Road to the north shore.Recent sales range from $160,000 for a 1/20 ownership in a beach lot to $3.4M for a beach house with water views.
South Aquinnah - The area generally south of State Road to the south shore. Recent sales range from $250,000 for a 1/16th share in the South Shore Beach Association, located on Moshup Trail to $3.22M for a contemporary home off Moshup Trail.
Real Estate Taxes
For fiscal year 2022, the tax rate was $6.27 per $1,000.
Aquinnah has a complex set of regulations for accessory buildings and apartments. Refer to the town's zoning regulations for more information.