Escape to Cuttyhunk on an island excursion right here on Buzzards Bay. On Cuttyhunk, you’ll step back in time and experience an island community steeped in history. Whether you’re seeking a day trip or a longer vacation, Cuttyhunk is a perfect destination for a quiet coastal adventure. Don’t worry if you don’t own a boat – grab the Cuttyhunk Ferry from New Bedford and you’ll be on the beach in no time!
Church’s Beach is located on a sandy thread of land connecting the island’s northern arm with the main island. It’s a secluded spot that both locals and tourists visit in the summer months. Don’t expect your typical beach services here – pack a picnic lunch and anything else you’ll need for the day. (Remember to carry everything out with you when you leave, too.) There are some rocks here, but the views of Gooseberry Island and Sakonnet Point across the Bay are second to none.
Habitats & Wildlife
Cuttyhunk’s island ecosystem has a diverse array of habitats. The sandy shallows at Church’s Beach are home to eelgrass, an underwater plant where fish, crabs, and bay scallops live. Eelgrass is a sign of healthy water, and you’ll find lots of it here. Just beyond the beach, under Buzzards Bay’s open waters, lie rocky reefs and ledges where striped bass swim.
The town of Gosnold, the smallest of the 351 towns in Massachusetts, is made up of the Elizabeth Islands: Nonamesset, Uncatena, Weepecket, Gull, Naushon, Pasque, Nashawena, Penikese, and Cuttyhunk.