7 Fun Things Illegal Migrants Can Do in Martha’s Vineyard This Month


    Martha’s Vineyard’s tightknit, affluent community, comprising mostly Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, had proudly taken in the migrants after they were flown in by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

    DeSantis, noting Florida enforces immigration law, reasoned that “it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and, yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”

    The migrants’ stay at the Vineyard was, however, short-lived as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) was quick to deport them from the island. Baker announced he was sending them on Friday to a military base on Cape Cod because “the island communities are not equipped to provide sustainable accommodation” for the mostly Venezuelan nationals.

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

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    1. Take a ferry to Nantucket

    The illegal migrants were ferried from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole, a ride during which some left their buses on the ferry to “gaze across the glistening water at Cape Cod,” the Cape Cod Times reported. They can, if they have $41, also take a one-way trip to Nantucket via ferry to see more glistening water through October.

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

    2. Visit the lighthouses

    Martha’s Vineyard is home to five historic lighthouses.

    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 one little-known nude beach, called Moshup Beach, which is located over by the Gay Head lighthouse and cliffs on the west side of the island.

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

    4. Take advantage of off-season restaurant deals

    The post-Labor Day lull is a prime time to visit Martha’s Vineyard, when tourism has died down but restaurants and shops remain open, according to a Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce blog post.

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

    5. See famous settings from Jaws

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

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

    6. Buy Black Dog or Vineyard Vines clothing

    There are several stores in Martha’s Vineyard that sell apparel by The Black Dog and Vineyard Vines, two companies whose recognizable logos, the black Labrador/boxer mix and the smiling whale, originated in Martha’s Vineyard. A Black Dog T-shirt is roughly $35.

    The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern in Vineyard Haven. The restaurant was founded in 1971, and became well known for its souvenir T-shirts, featuring its logo of the eponymous black dog. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)

    7. Check out Chappaquiddick Island

    The island on Martha’s Vineyard is known for its beaches, Cape Poge lighthouse, trails, birdwatching, lack of internet, and a notorious 1969 incident in which Sen. Ted Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s brother, negligently drove his car off a bridge, resulting in the death of a 28-year-old campaign aide.

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

    Write to Ashley Oliver at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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