Katama, Martha’s Vineyard

Katama is a residential area in the town of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the south shore of the island of Martha’s Vineyard. It is bordered on the west by Edgartown Great Pond, on the east by Katama Bay (separating Katama from the island of Chappaquiddick) and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. It starts at a fork in the road when you head south, Katama Road leads to the left and Herring Creek Road leads to the right.

The word “Katama” comes from a Wampanoag word meaning “crab-fishing place.”

The terrain is a flat outwash plain, characterized by sandy soil and few trees. It is sometimes referred to as the “Great Plains.”