MV Obsession

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South Beach/Katama …


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.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “South Beach/Katama …

  1. Once upon a time, back in the 1950’s . . . two little girls went swimming at Katama, in spite of their parents telling them never to: 1. swim alone; 2. go into the beach water there as it had a vicious undertow. Well, the parents were right and the two little girls were tossed and turned and pushed and pulled and when the undertow let them go, they found themselves a good mile or more down the beach from where they started. It took weeks of hair washing to get the embedded sand from their scalps. They never told. They never did it again. They were scared for life of the undertow at Katama. They were definitely believers.

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