Church’s Beach

Wild seclusion is your reward for finding Church’s Beach, one of Buzzards Bay’s most beautiful sandy spots. Located on Cuttyhunk Island, Church’s Beach is a fantastic place for families and friends to swim, paddle, and play in the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. For travelers from the mainland, the easy ferry trip from New Bedford is a fun adventure on its own.


kids playing on Church's Beach on Cuttyhunk Island

Play in the sea and surf at Church’s Beach on Cuttyhunk.

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.

Property Owned By
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: None (boat and foot access only)
Cost: Free
Dogs: Yes (on leash)
Facilities: None
Boat Ramp: No
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
Blue Heron Drive
Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
41.426037, -70.931553
Town of Gosnold: (508) 990-7408

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Church’s Beach
Cuttyhunk, MA
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