Car Travel

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Car Travel

Although traffic can be bad during the season, it can be handy to have a car to see all of Martha's Vineyard and travel freely. Instead of bringing one over on the Steamship Authority ferry from Woods Hole (the only ferry service that transports cars—expensively), it's sometimes easier and more economical to rent one once you're on the island for a few days of exploring, particularly during the busy season when car reservations on the ferry are hard to come by. But don't expect a bargain for rentals once on island either; expect to pay about $180 per day for a jeep. The island does its best to discourage extra automobile traffic.

Car Rental Contacts

Martha's Vineyard Auto Rentals. Choose from Jeeps, Mini-Coopers, or just a plain old minivan from this island rental with two locations; they also arrange for pick-ups froms several of the island's larger resorts. There's a second location at 31 Circuit Ave. Ext. in Oak Bluffs. "5 Corners", 4 Water St., Vineyard Haven, MA, 02568. 508/696–5300. www.mvautorental.com.

Sun 'n' Fun Rentals. This outfit rents Jeeps, Mini-Coopers, and even mopeds; they claim to have the cheapest rates on the island. They offer free pick-up from both the airport and the ferry docks. 28 Lake Ave., Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557. 508/693–5457. www.sunnfunrentals.com.

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