Pope's Island Marina



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102 Pope's Island
New Bedford, MA 02740
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Check-out before 11:00 AM

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200 Reviews

by Dennis B. - Verified user on Nov 16, 2023
Excellent Marina & Facilities, friendly Staff

by Dennis H. - Verified user on Nov 06, 2023
Needs many more dock repairs

by Jim F. - Verified user on Nov 03, 2023
Excellent! We are so happy we found Pope's Island Marina. Looking forward to a comfortable winter on the dock! Thanks so much

by William C. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
They charge for 50 amp service, even though they know I can only use 30 amps. Also the main float on C dock is tilting, and the cement is crumbling. It is an embarrassment to me when I bring guests, and I wonder just how long it will hold together.

by timothy e. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2023
Clean, safe, great staff. Defintiely going back for another year!

by Bill D. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2023
This is my home marina for the sailing season. Great facility, helpful dock staff, easy access to local restaurants. Launch service and free pump out service. Floating finger piers, showers, laundry and dock side picnic tables and grills.

by Patrick T. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2023
Awesome staff great location behind the hurricane barrier.

by Eric M. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2023
Really good service, nice dock staff and love the location. Only thing I would add is a nighttime emergency contact in case the shore power goes down or there is some other type of emergency

by Fernando C. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2023
Great marina staff and very clean restrooms. Great access to Buzzards Bay and great little store that was add this year with ice cream.

by Audrey M. on Oct 29, 2023
We stayed for over two months here. Always felt safe behind the hurricane barrier. Staff are helpful and friendly

by James M. - Verified user on Oct 26, 2023
Very nice, accommodating staff. Pleasant location with needed services. Not fancy but would stay there again

by orlando p. - Verified user on Oct 24, 2023
I’ve been there for nine years, the best marine around

by Gerald M. - Verified user on Oct 16, 2023
Excellent! Easy in to mooring field. Beautiful protection. Very friendly & helpful folks at marina. Plenty of hot water in shower. Laundry available. Bill on the launch was extraordinary, went above & beyond to ensure we had what we needed. Reasonable price for the mooring.

by Lea S. - Verified user on Oct 16, 2023
Very receptive. Convenient to downtown.

by Brian J. - Verified user on Oct 11, 2023
We were there late season on a boat delivery north. The launch service to New Bedford was done for the season so this time we docked. The sole employee on was super helpful, answered the radio, came out to catch lines and even had a free loaner adaptor cord to run our 30 amp boat from their 50 amp pedestals. The facility was top notch, clean showers and laundry area. They even had barbecues still out and a table under a tent had it been raining. They had chairs set up around the securely fenced grounds and it seemed like a pleasant place to relax. Top notch location, Dunkin and one bar/restaurant across the street, 15 minute walk over the Rt 6 bridge to all the New Bedford businesses and restaurants. Fairhaven West marine pretty close too. And of course, the most protected harbor on the whole SE MA coast!

by Jeffrey T. - Verified user on Oct 11, 2023
all good for this time of year, early Oct. Mooring field is a little tight for my '49er

by Carllene H. - Verified user on Oct 02, 2023
Helpful and friendly staff. Thank you

by Ivy R. - Verified user on Oct 02, 2023
There is no better operation on the entire east coast of the United States. From the total protection, to the friendly staff, to the exemplary launch service.

by Carolyn R. - Verified user on Sep 28, 2023
Good communication. Easy in and out. Dock hands at the ready even up to 8pm. Friendly and helpful staff. Close to town. Will stay again.

by Ken K. - Verified user on Sep 23, 2023
My stay was great. Very accommodating. Had adapters for my AC cords, clean bathroom and shower, easy access to restaurants in New Bedford (water shuttle from their doc or walk 0.5 miles

by Line B. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2023
We enjoyed our stay! The staff was very helpful and courteous. We would definitely go back.

by Mary W. - Verified user on Sep 17, 2023
We appreciated being able to tie our boat to a mooring during the duration of the Hurricane! We felt safe in the harbor. Thank you, Mary and Alan

by Lori L. - Verified user on Sep 11, 2023
Great radio assistance getting to our dock assignment and help with the ropes. Reserved 30watt electrical, but they only had 50w available so gave us a converter to use at no charge. Short walk across the street to excellent seafood and drinks at Fathoms Bar & Grille - just be careful on the busy 4 lane roadway when you are crossing!!

by Gene K. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2023
Dock staff was very helpful with information and with catching my lines upon arrival. Good showers and bathrooms. Very secure location.

by Bob M. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2023
Good marina and well situated in New Bedford with easy access to restaurants and The New Bedford Whaling Museum

by Elaine C. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2023
Excellent help on phone, on docking, and on information needed. Clean rest rooms and friendly staff

by Roger K. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2023
Staff at Pope's Island Marina is accommodating and tries their best to help boaters with issues that come up. The grounds are quite "homey" and welcoming. Their central location and abundance of services nearby make this stop a logistical necessity if spending any length of time in the Buzzards Bay Area. Parking is easy for crew changes and there are nearby restaurants, not to mention the Whaling Museum. If that were not enough, you get a front-row seat to one of the country's busiest fishing ports!

by Joel A. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
Sheltered harbor great people

by Edward Z. on Sep 05, 2023
After a month in Maine we were surprised how much we enjoyed a few nights here. The Cuttyhunk style mooring ball was a bit challenging since we are a high bow trawler but a neighbor came right over in his dinghy to assist and we returned that favor while we were here. Marina and locals quite friendly. Enjoyed whaling museum, local eateries and walking. Had a Walmart grocery delivery to marina, very easy. Dinghy dock at marina, town launch service and also a dinghy dock to right of Seastreak ferry terminal.

by Joey L. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Very clean and very friendly. I will definately come back!!!

by Gerd m. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Friendly staff, central located and a great tender service to go downtown.

by Maureen f. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Great place and very friendly!

by Dana G. - Verified user on Sep 01, 2023
While we only picked up a mooring and didn't use other services, they answered the radio promptly so we knew our assigned mooring quickly. A big plus after a long trip!

by Stefano - Verified user on Aug 28, 2023
All good. Mooring very tight for a 51 boat. Stern was very closed to red N7. Dinghy was touching other empty moorings and Red n7. Fit lots very clear information on how to get to the Marina and they were efficient and friendly with mooring assignment. I left around 9:30 am without announcing my departure and received a phone call around 3:00 pm asking to contact them to confirm if I was going to stay an extra night otherwise they will charge me another night regardless. Quite surprising to me as they could easily see that mooring was empty. Regardless I called back and everything got clarified. Nice position to enjoy New Bedford traffics day and night.

by Emilio T. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2023
I love this place. The staff and service are great. So much so I have been back twice and planning a third visit. And New Bedford is a great town with fantastic history.

by Stephen S. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2023
Nice facility but $20 for a night of 30 amp electricity is shameful.

by Robert H. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2023
We chose Pope’s Island Marina because I have a sprained ankle and it listed floating docks. When we arrived, we were docked at high fixed pier, with a ladder that was not accessible from our boat. When I asked about a floating dock, I was told that “ you are too long for our floating docks”. (60 loa ). We ended up using launch service from our swim platform. Since they knew our length before we arrived, it would have been helpful to have a heads up. My injury, which I managed at the previous Marina with floating docks, made quick trips ashore to shower , etc impossible.

by Tanya A. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2023
Nice moorings. Friendly staff. Great facilities. Close walk to restaurants and entertainment.

by Donata V. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2023
excellent, unassuming but very comfortable and friendly

by Patrick H. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
Great marina, really enjoying our first season here.

by Win B. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2023
great welcome and assist with finding mooring. the staff was very helpful with anything. the new bedford map needs more info on locating the dingy docks in town.

by Bruce L. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2023
Very responsive. We had to be towed in due the seaweed on engine intake and they accommodated every need. And New Bedford launch dropped us off and picked us up at Black whale restaurant!

by John H. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Launch service to great restaurnats and local attractions.

by Steven B. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2023
Dock was uneven and in need of repair. Everything else was great.

by June M. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2023
Wonderful location with great staff.

by Sue W. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2023
Friendly staff, easy cancellation policy, and beautiful harbor.

by J Russell C. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2023
Helpful staff and well kept marina and facilities. We will be back again in the future.

by Christopher D. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2023
Friendly, professional staff. Easy to use dingy dock. Pleasant grounds.

by Helen W. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
Convenient access. Friendly staff. Quick launch to island or town

by Patrick Q. on Jul 30, 2023
We stayed on a mooring and at in a slip. The floating docks are showing some age but overall its a nice marina. The staff is great. Did not use the facilities. Moorings are "Cuttyhunk" style which means you have to thread a line through an eye held up by about a 3-4ft pvc pole. Not easy but the Harbormaster launch, which is run by the marina, will give you a hand. You can take the launch or dinghy over to the city dock in New Bedford where there are some great restaurants. It's about a mile walk from the marina. Grocery shopping requires an Uber/Lyft ride. Don't miss the Whaling Museum, and we highly recommend the Food Tour.

by Gale P. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
Large mooring ball and plenty of swing room for our 60’ trawler.

by Bradford h. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
Great staff. Launch to New Bedford picks you up the marina. Very convenient

by Brian G. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
I hate to promote this Marina because I don’t want them to change a thing! We returned for a 2 day stay. Still a gem! Located between New Bedford and Fairhaven, we found an easy approach and plenty water at low tide for our 7 foot draft. Great value as price includes slip, electricity, and water! On shore there are great heads, showers, laundry, gas grills, and secure courtyard. WiFi is a bit spotty but we got good service most of the time. The marina had adaquate floating concrete docks and a wooden break water facing south. Usually the face break is loaded with large motor yachts so we had a very quiet stay even with the large amount of commercial traffic. Staff was very friendly and helpful. No question we will be back!

by Robert W. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2023
Very helpful staff. Nice town

by Jeff R. - Verified user on Jul 28, 2023
Very friendly staff, clean and well maintained. Launch service was great.

by patrick m. on Jul 27, 2023
Just took a mooring. But it was great location out by the lighthouse. Quiet but great view of all the fishing vessels. M/v Dauntless

by Ken C. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2023
The folks at Pope’s Island are great. New Bedford harbor is a major working port but it quieted right down at night and since it’s so protected we slept great. The only negative for us is that they are now using “Cuttyhunk” style moorings which have a 3-4’ pole with a loop on top into which you need to thread your own line. This is fine but we couldn’t reach it! We were “saved” when the launch driver came over and attached our lines to the mooring.

by Melissa G. - Verified user on Jul 20, 2023
Dock hands were amazing! Location minutes from port for ferry access to both MV and Nantucket, excellent restaurant a stroll across the parking lot, facilities clean and met needs, safe secure and easy floating docks. Dockhands were delightful hard working and eager to accommodate any need you have.

by Paul L. - Verified user on Jul 19, 2023
Nice marina. Employees were very helpful. A little farther from downtown than we hoped, but the launch service worked great.

by Tom D. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2023
Friendly very responsive staff. Use radio instead phone to contact. Easy launch into town. Great experience.

by David S. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2023
Came here to get out of the ugly sea state at the mooring we had, and that was great! Dock contact was helpful as we made our reservation. Facilities are small and could use some updating, but mostly ok. Great location. Launch will take you to town or other destinations in the harbor for same fee. Nice docks and dinghy dock.

by Peter R. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2023
Very convenient to everything. The marina facilities were nice and clean. Good view of the harbor. Bob the launch captain was fantastic. Weather was bad but he kept coming. Saved our dinghy for which we will always be grateful. Everyone was great!

by Beth W. - Verified user on Jul 16, 2023
Awesome marina and staff. Clean laundry area and showers. Staff very friendly and helpful. Gr8 fresh seafood restaurant right across the street - Fathoms. NOTE: launch service is NOT incl with mooring. $4/person each way.

by robert f. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2023
Great marina staff is so accommodating nice location and safe harbor had a great time

by Tony L. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2023
Nice place lots to do and great people. A lot of work was done over the winter so improvements abound! TLC. Marina Manager so so helpful and accommodating. Great launch service and so so much to do. A super wonderful stay and we love returning here. Dockhands were waiting for us when we arrived at slip, Launch service was spectacular. Overall an 11 on a 10 scale for value, location, staff, and things to do! Thanks! Greg the manager is a true accommodating person. Thanks for a great stay and we will be back. Tony and Colleen

by Peter N. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2023
Pulled in for the NB fireworks; the crew was helpful and the location is great.

by Warner H. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2023
Dock hands were helpful. Great location for exploring New Bedford. Handy harbor launch makes it easy to head into the whaling museum and a wide range restaurants. The floating docks need repair, other than that, a nice marina.

by David G. on Jul 03, 2023
difficult to add positives to all prior reviews!! This marina is a gem!! From location to a superb staffed marina, friendly and helpful staff, they made my stay a truly enjoyable one. facilities are kept immaculate, believe there is a live aboard set, that always makes for a more interesting setting and adds to the personality of a place. Across the street, a nice pub and restaurant, most shopping and visitors attractions are within an average 8 to 10 dollars Uber ride. Was planning to continue sailing north but considering making it a base for the season. Very Happy Power pedestals are 50 AMPS Office provided an adapter/loaner.Thanks

by William M. - Verified user on Jun 27, 2023
Weather prevented us from making our reserved day but they changed it with no charge. The check in was fast, easy, and informative. We will stay again!

by Kevin F. - Verified user on Jun 25, 2023
Nice Marina and facilities. Came from Boston for an overnight. Enjoyed dinner at Fathom's.

by john c. on Jun 22, 2023
This was my very first marina trip and stayed for two days. The staff were amazing and helpful. I will definitely be back again!!!

by James H. - Verified user on Jun 19, 2023
Beautiful Marina! Super helpful staff! Thank you!

by Henry A. on Jun 17, 2023
Nice facilities, easy access to surrounding attractions , good launch service, was very accommodating, solid moorings and docks were in good shape

by Peter W. - Verified user on Jun 11, 2023
Nice location rough dock (D) handy restaurant

by Laurie D. - Verified user on Jun 11, 2023
Great location; launch available but not a bad walk to the historic district. Launch operators are friendly & helpful. Wonderful staff. Floating docks are serviceable; many in need of replacement /repairs but it seems like they are working on them. 2 sets Of W/D in spacious laundry area. Bathrooms/Showers are very very clean and spacious. Highly recommend

by Ronald K. - Verified user on Jun 02, 2023
Excellent Marina. Very helpful.

by Craig & Heidi P. - Verified user on May 31, 2023
Nice protected location and the GREATEST staff! A special shout out to Brad and Scotty, launch service extraordinaire! All the staff went above and beyond for us during our emergency, even well after office hours! Thank you Pope’s Island Marina for everything!

by Bryan H. - Verified user on May 30, 2023
Excellent couple of nights at a slip and then a couple weeks on a mooring at Pope's Island Marina. Attentive staff, clean and accessible facilities, excellent location, great New England boating culture at it's best.

by Rosemarie K. - Verified user on May 23, 2023
Great marina. This was our third visit. Mooring field is nice and secure. Loved our stay.

by Shelby D. - Verified user on May 04, 2023
Great Marina with great facilities. We were going to be arriving late and leaving early, and they arranged for us to have what we needed. Super accommodating.

by Robert K. - Verified user on May 02, 2023
The only problems were the dock themselves power cords are run across the docks under raised covers everyone needs to step over and the sides of the docks have plates and bolts sticking out you need lots of fenders to protect the boats hull. The rest of the facilities are very good and the people were great

by Sam S. - Verified user on Apr 17, 2023
Good stop for the night easy access dock hands were helpful in a tough south west wind

by Charles S. - Verified user on Nov 22, 2022
Loved the marina. \nWhen will you send out slip renewal info? Thanks!\nV/r\nCharlie Sykes

by Rob W. on Nov 16, 2022
Greg, the manager, was very helpful. We pulled in to Popes Island Marina at 0400 because of a storm. Later that day the New Bedford Harbor storm gates were closed! Not only did he set us up in a protected slip but helped us with trades to repair storm damage. He drove us all over New Bedford for parts. Nice clean well maintained bathrooms and showers. The woman working the dock was the best!

by Paul C. on Nov 08, 2022
We recently bought a 392 Silverton that was slipped at popes island marina closed on boat first week of October and my home marina shut down for repairs so We had to locate a new marina on north shore when I was talking to Gregg the manager about our situation he was probably one of the most knowledgeable and nice guys I’ve dealt with very professional and accommodating as well as welcoming us to the marina offering us to remain there even through the winter this marina is very well maintained and the crew is professional and extremely helpful if we lived close by we would absolutely make it our home marina

by Beth N. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2022
Easy and convenient. Nice staff.

by Greg R. - Verified user on Oct 31, 2022
Great facility with courteous and friendly staff that will promptly help you with anything you need, from docking assistance, to pumpout at your slip, to launch service to the mooring field or across the main channel to downtown New Bedford. Pope’s Island is an active boating community, with very friendly and helpful boat owners. This is a secure, gated marina with well maintained grounds including a spacious picnic area with grilles. They have laundry, ice, vending machines, and a lending library. Restrooms and showers are always clean. Marine supply nearby. Walk to the outstanding Whaling Museum. Enjoy awesome seafood, Portuguese restaurants and bakeries in downtown New Bedford.

by William C. - Verified user on Oct 28, 2022
Nice stay. Admiral wasn’t fond of the mooring line heavily overgrown with marine life

by Kevin D. - Verified user on Oct 18, 2022
Pope's Island was a great place to stay. We had a medical emergency and needed to dock in New Bedford for the night. The marina got us a slip and helped us tie up. Once the emergency was over, we enjoyed some food in the marina as part of their end of season party!

by Noel S. - Verified user on Sep 29, 2022
Staff was prompt, courteous, and accommodating

by Donald Z. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2022
we are so impressed with PIM in New Bedford, service was amazing and so clean and organized. We also enjoyed the close walk to the historical community and restaurants. Very protected waters made us feel safe👍🏻🙌🏻

by Lisa D. - Verified user on Sep 12, 2022
Definitely make use of the $3 shuttle to town. Whale’s Tail, nearby ice cream, and Moby Dick’s up in town have excellent food and drinks. Marina is near Dunkin and good hardware/marine stores.

by Bob H. - Verified user on Sep 11, 2022
Friendly service at a well maintained marina. Very nice marina with modern and clean heads & showers. We took a mooring and found a small but adequate dinghy dock. We had a nice walk over the swing bridge to New Bedford, where there are lots of options for cocktails or dinner. We had a cold one at a nice sidewalk table.

by Jonathan G. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2022
Lackluster service by dockhouse crew. No change for laundry machines, poor attention to property repairs like security fence.

by Evelyn L. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2022
Had a great stay. Marina staff was very friendly. Great location with lots to do!

by Ron L. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2022
Very poor communication upon initial contact when looking for our slip assignment. We called on the radio several times, but we were not able to hear the instructions. I finally called on the phone and we were able to get our assignment. We were disappointed that no one was available to assist us with docking. The weather was not cooperating, and we were dealing with 25-35 knot winds at the time of our arrival. The facilities were clean, but the floating docks are in dire need of repair. Uneven surfaces, as well as loose boards, made walking to the main dock extremely hazardous, especially at night. Although we had some issues, we will probably return in the future.

by John J. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2022
Large mooring field. Easy to retrieve balls, although you need you own lines. Nice transient dingy dock at the marina and Pier 3. Marina has showers and laundry. Marine supply stores near by.

by carl l. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2022
Great location, reasonably priced and the staff are very helpful. Amenities are perfect, nice restroom and showers. $3 for a bag of ice is very reasonable. Launch service, and crew, is excellent for getting to and from Town or wherever you want to go in the harbor. Downtown is great and we highly recommend the food, service and even the music at the Clam Box. Casual, family friendly, very reasonably priced and you can't eat any closer to the waterfront without being in the water.

by Jill E. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2022
We reserved a mooring ball for 2 nights. Quick response when we arrived to advise on our location and quick response when we asked to stay a 3rd night. Friendly staff. Easy location to dinghy to town. Convenient laundry available at the marina. We enjoyed walking around New Bedford, the Whaling Museum & all the Portuguese food!

by Dianne s. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2022
Great marina! Launch service is excellent and the facilities spotless

by Harold W. on Jul 28, 2022
Easy mooring, be prepared with a bridal as this is the “Cuttyhunk” style mooring. The launch driver was very helpful with information. The facilities have a lot to be desired. The showers were not the cleanest but they did the job. You would think with a busy harbor you’d roll all night but not at all. I would stay here again.

by Ray/Gail M. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2022
Initial radio contact upon entering field was disappointing. VHF receptionist was terse and unheipful in first finding the mooring - “it’s next to the channel” (it wasn’t), and when we found the mooring without a pendant and with only an eye that was unreachable, his response was, “use your own line, use your own rope”. Fortunately, the launch operator threaded our line for us. Bad introductory reception. Everything else was ok.

by Dennis M. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2022
Great stopover port with eyeloop moorings so have bridal lines ready to thread the needle. Pump out and fresh water are accessible from a floating dock which is much to short at about 20 feet long.. Both times that we moored here there were super yachts wedged close to this small floating dock making access challenging especially with wind at 10 - 13 kits.

by John M. on Jun 27, 2022
Easy access. Great staff. Very nice facility. And walking distance to Fathoms for a great meal. Looking forward to coming back.

by Steve D. - Verified user on Jun 25, 2022
This was a very good stay. Nice, clean facilities. Good location in the center of things.

by Harold W. - Verified user on Jun 24, 2022
Dean operated the shuttle and was very helpful. He explained the layout of the harbor and the local attractions. He gave us his cell phone # for our return trip. He made our stay ! We will return again as there is so much to see and do in New Bedford!

by lawrence k. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2022
Pleasant, attentive staff. Lovely well maintained docks and grounds. Look forward to it every time!

by Wallace C. - Verified user on Jun 16, 2022
All expectations were met. Easy walk to town for access to restaurants, Whaling Museum and National Park Visitors Center…

by Ray C. - Verified user on Jun 04, 2022
Excellent mooring set up.

by Dave M. - Verified user on May 30, 2022
Quiet clean all the service requirements has is close

by JOHN B. - Verified user on Nov 03, 2021
Great people. Convenient, well protected location. wonderful neighbors. Dorstep to Buzzards Bay.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Nov 03, 2021
It seems like a lot is going down hill lost pump out boat and docks are getting risky the cleaning of washrooms is ?

by Scott N. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2021
My only complaint is the season is too short. Thank you to all the amazing staff that made this year enjoyable and I look forward to seeing you in the spring.

by Jennifer N. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2021
Slips are in poor shape, electricity was intermittent in the beginning of the year. The marina boats were constantly parked in the slip even after numerous calls to ask for them to be removed. Trash was always overflowing and trying to reach the manager was a joke. She sat on a personal call for 25 minutes chatting about restaurants and made us wait in the hall until she completed her personal business on work time.

by Michael R. on Sep 26, 2021
Two interesting towns, and an exemplary launch service. We always enjoy our stay at Popes, and the towns of New Bedford and Fairhaven. As far as the marina, my only recommendation would be an enlargement of the showers. The showers are small and need more hooks for clothes, etc. The bathrooms are always clean, just a little in the shower stalls. The people are always very accommodating and helpful. The launch service employs terrific employees who are a wealth of local knowledge.

by Kristine B. - Verified user on Sep 24, 2021
Great details on where to doc. Help offered if need on the landing. Doc neighbor stepped in to help. Very pleasant. The docs are right on Rt 6 between New Bedford and Fairhaven. within a few steps was a great playground for the kids, a marine supply store, one restaurant. The facility is gated. 12 minute walk west to down town NB, but you are on the highway / off-ramp. There is a sidewalk, but crossing when needed is a bit intimidating for families. Also there is a KEY CARD worth $20 if you don't return it. We left before they were open and got hit with the $20 while underway to next destination. The correction was handled without issue, as we HAD turned it in, but recommend watching for posting errors.

by Joia C. - Verified user on Sep 10, 2021
Nice protected marina inside the hurricane breakwall. However reaching them by phone is a nightmare, and their voicemail doesn't work either. We needed an electrical adapter at our slip during our stay, and they were able to provide to us for a $250 refundable fee. Upon leaving I messaged them via Dockwa (after no response by phone) that we had departed and left the adapter on the dock for them to retrieve, and I have still yet to see a refund for the $250 over a week later. Have called numerous times with no response. Same issue upon arriving to the marina. Only way to get them is by radio prior to arrival. Pope's Island Marina, if you're seeing this please refund me ASAP.

by Timothy L. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2021
Great service by office and dock hand. Sturdy mooring ball with unique stand up, tall pennant shaft and eye that provides user friendly retrieval and departure with no slimy lines or boat hook required. Super for singlehanded. Only negative is the tiny floating Pumpout dock, 12x24ft, in my case nestled between two large luxury yachts. The dockhand was necessary for getting my 42ft sailboat safely alongside and secured.

by Tony C. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2021
43' Shannon Ketch sv Marite. Took a ball for 3 nights because of Ida coming through. Very accommodating. Super clean bathrooms. Launch drivers really friendly and helpful, but you pay $3pp each way which was a surprise after free launches included in the price of the mooring on the other side of Cape Cod Canal. So we moved to a closer ball as we have a rowing dinghy. No problem. The Whaling Museum and Bethel are amazing at reflecting the history of this important sea port. Overall, really pleased with our stay.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Sep 03, 2021
We came here to ride out the storm remnants of Hurricane Ida. We were on mooring #1 and we felt very safe and secure. Everyone was very courteous. We would return.

by Donald R. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2021
This stay at Pope’s Island went very well, right from the great help the dockhand gave us in backing our single screw boat into a tight slip to the prompt pumpout service when we left. The floating concrete docks were clean and in decent condition. The heads and showers are clean and well kept. I would make one suggestion that more hooks be provided in the showers - one isn’t enough to hold dirty clothes, clean clothes, shoes and your towel while you shower. Wifi was only sporadic out on the end of “E” dock. I wish it had been better. The New Bedford - Fairhaven area has lots to offer. We utilized Uber to get to a Stop & Shop, the fascinating Whaling Museum and a great Portuguese restaurant. Getting a confirmed Uber pickup was difficult on Friday night. This was our second stop at Pope’s Island and we'll come back again the next time our cruises bring us to the area.

by Paul D. on Aug 28, 2021
Great stay at Pope’s Island Marina. Friendly and accommodating team, and it is a great location to explore both NB (whaling museum a short walk away) and Fairhaven. Only issue is that the floating docks need some surface repair. We’ll be back.

by Ria B. - Verified user on Aug 26, 2021
Friendly, comfortable, very professional

by David s. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2021
Despite being short-staffed, the Marina Manager, Elizabeth, was everywhere: checking in us transients, answering questions, tour guide, and dockhand. We took advantage of the launch service and had a pleasant stay

by Alan A. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2021
Elizabeth the dock master was amazing and responded to our every request. Thank you Elizabeth ({crew of Cachibache}

by Linda B. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2021
Very helpful staff Kenny and Ben were awesome great location amenities always spotless plan on returning soon

by Jay H. - Verified user on Aug 16, 2021
Excellent and there is plenty of water to accommodate a 8.5 draft.

by Robert B. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2021
Great Marina, we’ve been all over New England but 1st trip to New Bedford. Pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Marina is clean, staff very friendly. Water shuttle to restaurants is very convenient.

by Roland A. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2021
We took a mooring here and didn’t make it into the facility itself this time but other times we’ve been everything shore side has been in good shape. There were 3 pendants on our mooring that were tangled together so it took a couple of tries to pick up. Once on I spent some time separating the two heavy ones from the lighter one that we used. If it had been stormy the big pendants would have been nice to have. The harbor is very well protected from storms of any size and other than an occasional mysterious wake and the distant sound and occasional smell of the largest fishing port on the East coast it’s a perfect spot. This visit, rather than walking from Pope Island we took the launch directly to town for supper at DNB Burgers. The burgers are fantastic and the Poutine is the best I’ve had South of the Canadian border. New Bedford has become much more visitor friendly over the years. I highly recommend it for a visit.

by Denise M. on Aug 13, 2021
We stayed on a mooring ball for 2 nights, August 2021. Great working town vibe. I recommend a visit to the Euro Ship Store for any boating clothing you need.

by Paul K. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2021
This was my second stay at Pope's Island Marina. It is a very convenient place, with friendly staff and close proximity to town. It also has a Dunkin; Donuts across the street to get me going in the morning. I'll be happy to stay here again in the future.

by craig l. on Aug 10, 2021
Very nice marina. Staff friendly and helpful and great location. First time there and we will return.

by Gerhard W. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2021
Good little cation; helpful staff;

by Terrence S. on Aug 05, 2021
Best peeps on a dock ever 👌

by Howard E. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2021
Nice place. Good dock hand. The girls said that the bathrooms could be spiffed up

by Joseph A. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2021
Good staff Marina needs some upgrading

by Rudolf W. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2021
Spent 2 nights on a mooring. Launch driver helped to get a line to the mooring in 20kn of wind. A big Thank you for that. Super convenient location with clean showers and friendly staff. I enjoyed my stay.

by William M. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2021
Very nice folks - clean rest rooms and showers - great ferry service to the Whaling Museum - New Bedford downtown made a good recovery from covid re: restaurants etc.

by Joseph s. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2021
Just needed a convienant stop on Buzzards Bay. Fir the bill

by Robert K. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2021
Could be improved in terms of the condition of the docks….run down but functional. Good location for access to New Bedford and Fairhaven. The launch service around the harbor is very good. The wi-fi is not very good.

by Grant J. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2021
Very good place to stay and we will do so again. The location is great and everyone at Pope's Island was friendly and very helpful.

by Richard A. - Verified user on Jul 14, 2021
Great staff, great facilities.

by George D. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2021
Had a great time at the Popes Island Marina, we will definitely return.

by Ken L. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2021
The told me to take mooring #19. When I got there, there was another boat on #19. I saw an empty mooring (#27) and called the marina to tell them 19 was occupied, and asked if I could take 27. The marina said 27 was okay. Late in the afternoon after we got everything packed up for the night, the private owner of #27 showed up and told us to get off. Called the marina and they gave us a different mooring, but it was a major inconvenience to get everything untied and move at the last minute with the mooring owner circling and looking very angry.

by Roy S. - Verified user on Jul 02, 2021
Nice marina. Nice amenities.

by Robert A. - Verified user on Jul 02, 2021
Great staff! Very helpful. Launch available to transport you to nearby attractions.

by Elizabeth H. on Jun 29, 2021
Outstanding launch service! Busy commercial noisy harbor. Bathrooms are ok, need to be cleaner. Walking around historical New Bedford and Fairhaven is interesting . Large Market Basket a Lyft away provides everything you need for provisioning. Arrival Guidance to mooring location needs improvement and clarity.

by Peter T. - Verified user on Jun 26, 2021
Good mooring, good directions to said mooring, nice harbor. Calm with a large variety of working vessels. Great shopping for the girls on the Fairheaven side at the Euro stores.

by David P. on Jun 23, 2021
Great marina. Good location for walking the town of New Bedford. Must visit the Whaling Museum and the free Fisherman Museum. Marina had good facilities and friendly permanent slip holders. The dock hands were ineffective and need major training in line handling and customer service. The fairways are on the right side and the directions which one we were slipped was given unclearly. Make sure you use your spring lines on both sides to position your boat as there is a fair amount of surge constantly from the active harbor. Docks were floating and fairly new. Need at least three fenders as you will be side tying. I would rate the marina a five and the staff a two. They were disinterested

by Paul K. on Jun 19, 2021
We stayed on a mooring overnight and had a nice visit. The marina answered our radio call immediately. The moorings were clearly marked. The logical layout made ours easy to find. The view of the active harbor was superb. We were disappointed to learn that launch service was not included, but pleased to find out that the launch will take you pretty much wherever you want to go in the harbor, so you don't have to walk a long way to restaurants, chandleries, museums, or other places. The huge hardware/marine hardware store across the street from the marina was also convenient. We look forward to visiting again and staying longer next time.

by Martin S. - Verified user on Jun 03, 2021
Elizabeth and her entire staff couldn't have been more accommodating to us. The dock power was great. It was our second visit to the marina and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 6 stars

by Murray B. - Verified user on Apr 26, 2021
The marina was not manned by anyone. When I came in,solo, I had to land by myself. The manager did not leave me a key to the front gate. I was not told my assigned slip. I was not given the Wi-Fi password. Frankly I think I deserve a credit or refund. Luckily, other boaters on the dock could help.

by Carlos M. - Verified user on Apr 01, 2021
Liz was nice and accommodating but the electric situation was horrible and extremely unfairly priced and that’s the opinion of the people there and talking to most of them some meters were not working and no billing was known!! I’ve paid but want resolution on this or won’t b returning and complaining to someone higher up, my cell number is 508-400-0005

by Philip N. - Verified user on Nov 15, 2020
Nice marina. Great staff, especially Elizabeth.

by David M. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2020
We stayed here for the summer of 2020. Great marina and super convenient to the Cape, Islands, and RI.

by David H. - Verified user on Oct 05, 2020
Experience was great over all. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and the “lean” crew was stretched. Maybe more help midday Sunday would be helpful!! Again, it as fine overall!!

by Rudy H. - Verified user on Sep 19, 2020
Very nice stay on mooring #4. Facilities were very well maintained with a lot of patio furniture in the green space to get off the boat and relax in a Covid safe open environment. Friendly helpful staff. Clean restrooms. 2 washers and two dryers, coin operated, which worked great. Staff can help with change. Secure transient dinghy dock closest to office on first pier. No need to use the public dinghy dock. Marina very secure with key card entry ($10 deposit for card, refundable when returned.) Lots of dock carts. Whaling museum nearby, a short walk. Good restaurants a short walk away ( Fathoms, Black Whale). Busy working port with tons of fishing boats, but all a no wake area, so just fun to watch. Harbor does have launch service is desired. Would definitely stay again.

by joe m. - Verified user on Sep 14, 2020
A hidden jewel!! Good Moorings. Best part is launch service with drop off downtown New Bedford on a dock amongst the fishing fleet. Whales Tale Clam Shack is a new gem right near drop off. Walk up to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, a top notch museum focused on the history of the region.

by Michael M. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2020
A nice marina. Clean facilities. Good area for walking dogs. Helpful dock hands. Very secure. It would’ve been a five except the cement docks are in need of repair. Dunkin Donuts right across the street. Good wifi.

by Gary C. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2020
Great spot. Nice people nice town to visit

by Stephen D. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2020
Well maintained moorings 10 min from town. Great staff

by Matthew T. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2020
Great well maintained facility, excellent staff.

by Gregory S. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2020
Good mooring. Plenty of swing room for our 57' boat. Mooring #1. Marina was flexible with our changing schedule. Watching the commercial traffic was fun. Whole area is a no wake zone.

by Tim T. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2020
Great marina: clean, all the amenities boaters’ need like washer/dryer, ice, two wheel carts, soda machine, etc. And conveniently located by land or sea!

by Dj M. on Aug 14, 2020
Had a really nice stay. The marina is very accommodating and has a nice facility.

by James D. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2020
Sat out Trop Storm Isaias there. Staff was very helpful and accommodating. Only problem was all their pedestals on dock where I was were 50 amp and I need 30 amp. They had 50 to 30 amp converters to loan me but none of their converters fit their 50 amp outlets!

by Anonymous - Verified user on Aug 02, 2020
A hidden Gem! Great marina staff.

by Mary R. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2020
They are wonderful. So nice and helpful.

by Albert Z. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2020
Staff was very courteous. Bathrooms & showers were clean. Pump out boat came on time as requested. Very convenient to both New Bedford and Fairhaven.

by David D. - Verified user on Jun 23, 2020
Stayed here for the weekend while testing out a newly purchased boat. It met all of our needs and more, We did not have the appropriate shore power adapter and they were very accommodating by providing us with a loaner. Will certainly stay here again. Being inside the Hurricane Barrier was also a plus.

by James J. - Verified user on Oct 16, 2019
Very nice facility. Marine supply and great food nearby.

by Jayne L. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2019
Very nice people and good facilities - Convenient access to town - museums - restaurants & very protected harbor - Fun to watch all the fishing boats!

by Anonymous - Verified user on Aug 19, 2019
We had a great stay. The staff was wonderful helping us get secured in our slip. The facilities were clean and well maintained. Restaurants are within walking distance and a Dunkin' Donuts is right across the street!

by Jeffrey N. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2019
Nice people/staff, convenient, good facility.

by Peter V. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2019
Stayed on a mooring. Minimal wakes. Good launch services. Downtown rebuilding with some nice restaurants. Whaling museum easily accessible by launch to Pier 3.

by Richard H. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2019
Everything was fine except the pick up line on the Mooring which was so encrusted with barnacles that we had trouble using it. Should be replaced! I was happy with shower and laundry!

by James P. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2019
Shore side facilities good. Best price on block ice. BUT marks were labeled in crazy fashion, hard to find. no staff came out to direct boat to mark

by Pat P. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2019
Staff was very accommodating to us and our cruise

by James H. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2019
Marina is in a great location with a lot of historical sites in New Bedford, esp. the Whaling Museum, approximately a mile away. Restaurants within a half mile. Negatives were wifi was not working, and we were out on the west end of D dock. With a 15-20 kt south wind it was rocky. Very long walk to the marina entrance from our berth.

by Adam K. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2019
The location was pretty good; only about a 10-15 minute walk on good sidewalks to downtown New Bedford. Although amenities are limited the staff is friendly. The bathrooms were not bad and I felt pretty secure. There is a DD close by and a restaurant called Fathoms at which we had a really good meal.

by Phyllis S. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2019
Always a pleasure, great marina, wonderfully run ! What can you say about the New Bedford FIreworks 💥💥💥spectacular as always 💥💥💥

by Brian M. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2018
If you need a clean marina that is secure from heavy weather, with friendly staff, this is the one. Stopped here in September 2018 specifically because of the hurricane wall that protects the harbor. Although it never made it this far north, early forecasting had Hurricane Florence getting up this far in September.

by Hartley G. - Verified user on Sep 16, 2018
Friendly, helpful folks.

by Camille P. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2018
It is always a pleasant stay at Pope’s Island. THis is the first time we have been on a mooring and we came in on a Sunday, after the marina was closed but the launch operators were very accommodating leading us to our mooring. Carol, who was running the launch that evening, is fabulous!! And she took wonderful care of us. The next morning, Brad took us about and he was great too. It was a short stay and we didn’t get to use the marina facilities this trip, but it is a well serviced and very pleasing marina. We will be back.

by Hugh S. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2018
We stayed on a mooring for 4 nights. Not too much wash from passing boats. The showers were good. The WiFi internet connection wasn't very good in the vicinity of the dock house. The laundry facility was good. It is a good walk to either old town New Bedford or to Fairhaven. Fathoms is a restaurant right across the street tah has good food at a reasonable price. There is also a marine syore across the street that has most routine boating equipment and then some. It was a good stay overall.

by Anonymous - Verified user on Aug 15, 2018
A great marina with good facilities well located. Any exceptionally helpful staff. A special call out to Penny, the manager, who found a mechanic on Friday afternoon who went the extra mile.

by Gordon C. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2018
All-around excellent facilities and personnel. Only thing lacking is a drinking fountain. We will definitely use this marina again.

by Marc P. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2018
Some of the friendliest staff you could ever meet.

by Bill W. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2018
We arrived at 5:30 PM the dock hands did not give us the code for the gate or even the Wi-Fi password we ended up staying on the boat all night since we were afraid to leave the marina if we couldn’t get back in

by Bill M. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2018
Loved that they gave us the slip number and a chart of the marina a week before we were to arrive. Will go back again.

by John e. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2018
Wonderful facilities, reasonable price for mooring, pump out available, launch service,

by Tim S. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2018
Nice facility, helpful dock staff. convenient launch that drops you right downtown($3pp each way, plus tip). Pretty quiet too, not a real party crowd. use caution at night as some of the floating pier surfaces are broken(glass reinforced concrete). will definitely be back.

by Barbara S. - Verified user on Sep 17, 2017
Very accommodating, nice facility.

by Bob G. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2017
Very accommodating, clean and peaceful marina. Close to shops and restaurants. Penny is a great person to work with. Prices very reasonable. Good docks and good power.

by scott a. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2017
Great stay at Pope's. The Marina staff were great and very helpful with suggestions on things to do and places to eat. The launch to both New Bedford and Fairhaven was easy and convenient. The whaling museum is a real must see! We will stay again

by Joyce -. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2017
A well maintained yard close to all of the amenities. Marina supply store, restaurant, hardware store and even a Dunkin Donuts right across the street. Marina employees and boat owners very friendly. Enjoyed our stay.

by Gunther K. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2017
Just took a mooring for one night. Did not go ashore.

by Daniel B. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2017
One of two mooring pennants was wrapped tightly around the chain under the ball. The guys who maintain moorings for Pope' s were not at work on Saturday afternoon. With the help of Cathy and Casey and the New Bedford launch, I untangled the pennant. Other pennant was encrusted with barnacles and associated marine life making a mess of my foredeck and varnish. Maintenance is needed.

by Warren B. on May 29, 2017
This our first year at popes island marina. The staff is very friendly and will help out with anything you need them for. The facility is excellent with bathrooms and showers, they have a picnic area with plenty of chairs and a couple of grilles for members to use. The slips are very easy to access. They have electric and water hook ups. Free wifi for members. They also have transient slips and morings for your day or overnight visits. Our slip is located on the F dock which is located on the west side of the main pier and we really like it. Protected from waves and wind and very easy to navigate even at dead low tide. At dead low tide we still have a depth of 6.5 feet when leaving our slip. They also have a waste pump out located at the end of the main center pier. I recommend popes island marina for anyone looking for friendly service and extremely friendly boaters.

by William M. - Verified user on May 29, 2017
Excellent visit! Very friendly and helpful staff, great location to visit New Bedford and Fairhaven. Nice, protected area well behind the hurricane gates. We'll definitely be back!

About Pope's Island Marina

The Port of New Bedford invites you to stay at Pope’s Island Marina and experience why we call it Destination New Bedford. Pope's Island Marina is centrally located right in the middle of Historic New Bedford harbor and proudly managed by the New Bedford Port Authority. Offering award winning guest services and reasonable accommodations, Pope's Island Marina is the chosen destination for boaters from all around the world. Pope's Island Marina is also home to the New Bedford Launch connecting you to local attractions, waterside restaurants and entertainment. Our friendly Marina Staff and Harbor Attendants are here to ensure a welcoming and enjoyable stay. There is so much to see and do, from visiting the world’s largest whaling museum to eating the world’s freshest seafood. The launch will connect you to the historic downtown district, restaurants, galleries and key attractions. Stroll the cobblestone streets of America’s #1 Fishing Port or take a bike ride to Fort Taber and the Military Museum. Our season begins April 15th and ends October 31st, but feel free to contact the office in the winter or early spring if you or your group would like to make arrangements for a visit with us next season. Upon arrival, be sure to ask one of our Dock Attendants or Launch Captains about local attractions. If it is fuel or service your vessel needs, you will find it in The Port of New Bedford. Cruise into excitement by setting your course for destination New Bedford.

Booking Info

Please note our current hours are, Marina office open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Dockhands on duty Fri, Sat & Sun until 8pm.


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  • Launch Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Security
  • Groceries
  • Restaurant
  • Floating Docks
  • Winter Storage
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