South Beach/Katama is a 3-mile stretch of barrier beach along the southern shore of MV. As legend has it, Katama was a beautiful Wampanoag maiden whose father was chief of the Wintuckets. She fell in love with Mattakesett who was chief of Mattakesetts. Their love however was not to be as she was promised to another. A brutal war broke out between the tribes. Katama had warned the Mattaketsetts, but they were no match for the Wintuckets. Katama could not return to her people, nor could she become the bride of Mattaketsett. A tired and weary Mattaketsett came to Katama and said since their love was strong the sea could help them find happiness. Together they dove into the moonlit sea. It is said that sometimes you can see two dolphins swimming here on moonlit nights. Could it be !!!
This is a great beach for surfing and kite flying.
The dunes are sculpted by the Atlantic Ocean.
South Beach/Katama is about two miles from the center of Edgartown. Bike, drive or take a shuttle bus to get there, but definitely get there.