From the vast Menemsha and Squibnocket ponds to the Vineyard Sound and Atlantic Ocean, Aquinnah is virtually surrounded by water. Formerly known as Gay Head, Aquinnah is celebrated for its colorful clay cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches, and gorgeous parcels of land.
Aquinnah, which means “land under the hill,” is also known as a center of Wampanoag culture. The Wampanoags are a Native American tribe that has lived on Martha’s Vineyard since long before the first English settlers arrived, and it regards the Aquinnah cliffs as sacred. About one-third of the approximately 300 year-round residents of Aquinnah are members of the Wampanoag tribe.