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West Island Town Beach

Splash in the clear waters of Buzzards Bay at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven. Located along the crescent-shaped southern shore of West Island, this town beach attracts lots of locals in summer and throughout the year. The beach is surrounded by acres of protected forest and salt marshes, which offer more opportunities for wildlife watching and long walks through nature.

Note: This summer, due to concerns about COVID-19, the town has closed the beach to non-residents. Also, only season and walk-in passes are offered; no day passes are available.

Buzzards Bay is so full of special places that it’s hard to pick just one. Many of our wonderful parks, beaches, and conservation areas are protected because of the land trusts that work in communities across the region. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked land trusts from Westport to Falmouth to share their favorite places with us. Their responses remind us that there’s a lot to explore — and love — around Buzzards Bay.

At its 27th Annual Meeting in Mattapoisett last night, the Buzzards Bay Coalition recognized this year’s Buzzards Bay Guardian Award winners for their contributions to protecting and restoring the Bay.

On a typical summer afternoon in Red Brook Harbor on Cape Cod, you’ll find thousands of people outside enjoying the water. Hundreds of boats dot the harbor’s surface, tied up to docks and mooring balls or cruising past Bassetts Island into Buzzards Bay. The popular island shelters the harbor from the Bay’s open waters and offers families a mile-long strip of sandy beach where they can swim, picnic, and play.

Only steps from the Coalition’s first office in a dorm room at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, President Mark Rasmussen called to order the 25th Annual Meeting of the Buzzards Bay Coalition on the lawn of the Beachmoor in Bourne. The meeting highlighted the tremendous work and achievements of the Coalition in 2012 while acknowledging how far the organization has come in its first quarter-century and outlining the challenges that still lie ahead.

As the sun set on a cold fall day, an outdoor public art installation came to life as the Buzzards Bay Coalition unveiled Habitat, a celebration of clean water in the heart of downtown New Bedford. Designed by local artist John Magnan and sponsored by the Coalition, Habitat is composed of seven steel and masonry representations of eelgrass, standing 12 feet tall and creating the illusion of an underwater meadow.