Obama tends to take a winter break in Hawaii, where he was born and raised, and a summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard. In between, he plays basketball and has been known to do some skeet shooting at Camp David. His favorite pastime, no matter the location, has become easy to spot: golf.
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August 7, 2015 2:13 PM EDT

President Barack Obama left the White House for Martha’s Vineyard on Friday afternoon, starting one day early on a family vacation that was originally scheduled to begin Saturday.

The First Family will spend over two weeks on the Massachusetts island, where Obama is known to go to the beach and play numerous rounds of golf. They will reside in a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house equipped with basketball and tennis courts on the island’s western side.

Obama has taken five previous trips to Martha’s Vineyard during his presidency, usually forgoing public communication for the duration. Last year, Obama interrupted and ultimately ended his trip early to address the beheading of journalist James Foley and protesting in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.


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