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Cuttyhunk Island Recreational Lodging

Location:  Cuttyhunk Island, MA, 14 miles off the coast of New Bedford and just west of Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

Season of Operation:  Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

Description:  A former Coast Guard lifeboat station now converted into a house with 2 separate apartments.

Facilities:  1, 3-bedroom apartment (upstairs) and 1, 2-bedroom apartment (downstairs), picnic area, boat docks, fishing pier, boat launching ramp, nature trails.

Activities:  Swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, and hiking.

Recreation Equipment Available:  TV with basic satellite channels and VCR.

General Information:  Cuttyhunk Island is one of the Elizabeth Islands discovered in 1602 by Bartholomew Gosnold.  The upstairs 3-bedroom apartment can sleep up to 10 people plus 1 futon in the living room; the downstairs 2-bedroom apartment can sleep up to 5 people plus 2 futons in the living room.  Each apartment is provided with separate living room, kitchen, and bathroom facilities, is fully furnished, including bed linen, towels, and blankets.  Baby pen and folding beds are available on the premises.  A laundry room with 2 washers and 2 dryers is located on the first floor.  Camping out is not allowed.  See the Application Package for the pet policy.  Guests should bring their own food (very limited and expensive on the island), laundry powder, dish liquid, paper products, etc.  All applicable Coast Guard regulations apply at Cuttyhunk Island Recreational Lodging.

Reservations:  Reservations are accepted by email only.  Please click here to request complete information.  A lottery system will be used within each priority category to determine confirmed reservations.  You may include up to 3 choices of preferred dates based on Sunday Check-In.  Eligibility is in accordance with Chapter 3 of the MWR Manual (COMDTINST M1710.13 Series) and considered on the following prioritization system:

    Priority One: All active duty personnel and their family members.  Applications are accepted 1 to 31 March each year. 

    Priority Two: All other eligible patrons IAW COMDTINST M1710.13 (series).  Applications are accepted 1 to 30 April each year.

If your reservation request is received after the dates listed above, you will be considered for any open vacancy on a first come, first served, basis.  A confirmation email or phone call will be returned within 5 days after the lottery of each priority group.  Once your reservation is confirmed, an Application Package will be sent to you.  Payment, along with pages 2 through 4 of the Application Package and confirmation of your eligibility, must be received within one week.  Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation number via email or mail (if no email).  Credit cards are not accepted.  The rental period is usually from 10 AM on Sunday to 11 AM on Saturday.  Other times and dates may be available.  For additional information regarding reservations, contact:

Commanding Officer (MWR)

USCG Base Boston

ATTN: Morale Officer

427 Commercial Street

Boston, MA 02109

FAX Number: (617) 223-8218


Check-In:  Sunday  10 AM

Check-Out: Saturday  11 AM

Transportation:  Transportation to Cuttyhunk Island is provided by Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc. 66B State Pier South Bulkhead New Bedford, MA, at (508) 992-0200,  Prepaid reservations are suggested and highly recommended during the busy summer season to ensure space on board the ferry.  Vehicles are not transported.  Additional charges for carry-on items.  Contact Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc for parking arrangements.  Transportation may also be available from Seahawk Charters, at (508) 789-3250,

Driving Instructions: From Boston, MA, to New Bedford, MA, take Route 24 to Route 140 south to Route 195 east to Route 18 south (exit #15).  Stay on Route 18 south for about 1 mile.  Take the Downtown Exit.  Go straight on Water Street.  At the stop sign, take a left onto Union Street.  Go to the bottom of the road, go through the lights (look for large signs to boat) take another left.  Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc. is on the right, behind the Waterfront Visitors Center.

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Last Modified 1/12/2016