Westport is an almost pristine landscape of open fields, tall grasses, mature trees, marshlands, and oceanfront. The biggest attraction in town is the Horseneck Beach State Reservation, which offers a wide expanse of fine white sand, protected dunes, and clear water for swimming.
While most visitors take Route 88 straight from Route 195 to the beach bypassing Main Road and its quaint shops, this is a mistake. This area, known as “Westport Village,” has some of the finest country stores and restaurants in the South Coast area.
Main Road leads down the Westport River to the town dock. That area is called “Westport Point” and is the location of the Back Eddy, a popular restaurant known for its fine dining and superb seafood. It serves food sourced from local farmers and fishermen with a mixture of American and Portuguese flavors.
Overlooking the Audubon Society’s Allens Pond Sanctuary is another popular, more casual restaurant called The Bayside. You’ll find it easily after passing Horseneck Beach on the back roads leading out to Dartmouth. It features fabulous views of the wetlands, and almost constant breeze, and a fabulous, often organic spread of menu offerings.
Westport, so named because it was the westernmost port in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was first settled in 1670 as a part of the town of Dartmouth. In 1787, the town, along with the town of New Bedford, seceded from Dartmouth.
Westport has a total area of 64.4 square miles, of which 22.27 percent is water. The majority of that water is from the Watuppa Ponds along the border with Fall River, as well as Westport Harbor, where the two branches of the river meet before emptying into Buzzards Bay. Westport is bordered by Fall River to the northwest and west, Dartmouth to the east, Buzzards Bay to the south, and Little Compton and Tiverton, Rhode Island, to the west. Westport is approximately 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island, and 60 miles from Boston.
As of the census of 2010, there were 15,532 people living in the town. There were 6,143 housing units at an average density of 122.7 per square mile. Drive down any Westport road and you get the feel for its open spaces and sparse population.
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