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The clay cliffs of Aquinnah (formerly called Gay Head) are a sight not to be missed during your Martha's Vineyard vacation.

Gay Head

Aquinnah MA, is located on the western tip of the island of Martha's Vineyard. Prior to 1998 the town was officially known as Gay Head, which it is still called by most Islanders. The original name of Gay Head was given by its’ American Indian founders, the Wampanoag Tribe. Aquinnah is known for its beautiful clay cliffs and quiet natural serenity. Below the clay cliffs lies one of the few nude beaches left in the United States.

Gay Head has become celebrated as a center of Wampanoag culture and a center of pride and tradition among members of the tribe, who make up about one-third of the town's voters. The Wampanoag Tribe runs the Aquinnah Cultural Center which has a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the tribe.

The Gay Head Lighthouse is the jewel of the town, with its’ picturesque setting high on a hill overlooking the clay cliffs. Run by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the lighthouse offers sunset tours during the summer months.

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