SouthCoast is a region along the southern coast of Massachusetts. The area has a history of whaling and fishing industries, agriculture, and, in the cities, a collapsed textile industry. Its many harbors and offshore islands and features make it a good recreational fishing area, particularly in autumn.
Cities and Towns
This diverse and beautiful region runs between Rhode Island on the west and Cape Cod on the east and covers the spectrum from blue collar to wealthy towns. The SouthCoast region is anchored by its two harbor cities of New Bedford and Fall River, both of which have deep roots in fishing and whaling. Fishing brought a large population of Portuguese and Azoreans to the area in the late 19th century, making that a distinctive feature of the area.
Though there is public transportation, a car is the best way to see the area.
The region has direct access to fresh seafood and the local chefs know what to do with it. Also try some of the Portuguese specialties such as "cacoila", a marinated pork, often served in a sandwich. Visit a Portuguese bakery -- if only to try the subtle "sweet bread".
A good next stop could be: