WEST ISLAND Fairhaven, MA

Buzzards Bay

          Town Beach at West Island, Fairhaven, MA


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Known by the locals and [West] Islanders, this small crescent-shaped gem offers great swimming in calm waters. Swimming best at high tide. If you don't want to drive, then go by boat: at the western heart of Buzzards Bay, facing Falmouth. Take a nature walk, see the estuaries and birds on the uninhabited "back-side of the island". Sunrises on Town Beach; sunsets at the causeway. Find your peace here.

The West Island Town Beach opens in late June and ends Labor Day weekend.

Passes are available at the BPW Office, 5 Arsene St.

or at the entrance to the West Island Town Beach. See below for more details.

 The West Island Town Beach is owned by the Town of Fairhaven and is adjacent to the State Reservation .

 

How To get to the West Island Town Beach

From (A) Rt 6 or Rt 240 go to Sconticut Neck Road (sign West Island) by a shopping plaza and 99 Restaurant, go straight about 4 miles (B) and take a left on to (C) Goulart Memorial Drive - West Island, it becomes Causeway Rd. onto West Island, after crossing over the causeway bridge (D)(just after Hoppy's Landing on right) take first right (Alder St), go all the way down and take last left (E) last right (E). head straight down to (F) the town beach. Help keep the beach clean for all to enjoy.

2014 SUMMER SCHEDULE 

Fairhaven Residents:

Season Pass: $30.00 per vehicle

Day Pass vehicle: $6.00

Day Pass Walk-In: $3.00

There is no charge for Fairhaven Senior Citizens


Non-Residents:

Season Pass: $100.00

Day Pass Vehicle: $15.00

Day Pass Walk-In: $7.00

Swimming lessons are offered by Lifeguards for a fee of $10.00 per person. Applications are available at the BPW Office. 508-979-4023

There are also toilet facilities available.

The beach is staffed from 9AM to 4PM.

Please help keep the beach clean.

The above services are not available off season. 




 

Facts About Jellyfish

  • Jellyfish stings are the most common injury sustained by beachgoers each year.
  • Jellyfish stings are painful because when jellyfish tentacles touch us, they release millions of tiny corkscrew-shaped cells called nematocysts. The nematocysts penetrate our skin and repeatedly release painful toxins.
  • When we?re stung, our natural reaction is to rub the injured area. However, this action triggers even more nematocysts to fire their toxins, causing even more pain.
  • In 2006, the British Broadcasting Company reported more than 130 million jellyfish stings. Many experts estimate that the number is actually much higher.
  • The jellyfish problem is getting worse. Increased bacteria and warmer oceans have caused the jellyfish population to increase dramatically in recent years.
  • FDA-compliant Jellyfish Squish® contains the maximum over-the-counter dosage of lidocaine, the same ingredient that hospitals use to treat burn patients.
  • Jellyfish Squish® has been proven to stop the pain of jellyfish stings within 5 minutes of application?and to stop the pain-causing nematocysts from firing again.
  • Jellyfish Squish® has been endorsed by: 
    • The American Lifeguard Association
    • Dr. Paul Auerbach, Professor of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
    • Kevin Carvalo, Fire Captain, Okaloosa Island, FL

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