Island Ups and Downs Residents often divide the Vineyard into up Island and down Island districts. Up Island is the western area, which comprises the three rural towns of Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury. Down Island is the eastern portion, home to the larger historic villages of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs . On Martha s Vineyard, we speak our own island language When you arrive on the island, you ll discover quickly that the island has been divided, more or less, into two parts up island and down island. Up Island When you hear someone say up island, they are referring to the towns of West Tisbury, . The bustling villages on the eastern side of the island, or down Island, will be most familiar to visitors, from beautiful Edgartown to Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven. And to the west, or up Island, the remote villages of Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury entice with quaint towns and rolling hillsides..Residents have come to say “up island” to mean western areas of the island Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury. Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury are “down island.” These terms refer not to north or south, but to longitude. From the islands whaling past Celebrities have been coming to Martha s Vineyard for .
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