Students should plan on arriving between 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm on the day the program begins (arrival day), and departing between 9:00 am & 12:00 pm on the day the program ends (departure day). FOCUS is able to pick up students at the Martha's Vineyard Airport and the Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven ferry docks.
Please do not make any travel plans until you have received the acceptance email (not just the submission confirmation email).
There are four different ways for students to get to the FOCUS property:
Your local FOCUS staff may provide bus transportation or have carpooling plans. Even if group travel plans are not being arranged, your local FOCUS staff is an excellent resource, as they know the best travel routes from your area.
We recommend the following ferry options:
Arrival Day: embarking from Woods Hole, MA at 3:45 pm
Departure Day: embarking from Martha's Vineyard at 9:30 am (arriving into Woods Hole at 10:15 am)
Seastreak (New England Fast Ferry):
Arrival Day: embarking from New Bedford, MA at 2:00 pm
Departure Day: embarking from Martha’s Vineyard at 10:15 am (arriving into New Bedford at 11:15 am)
We can also pick up at other ferry docks and times. For information about additional ferry options, see below.
Students can fly into the Martha's Vineyard Airport via JetBlue, Cape Air, and US Airways. If you fly JetBlue, you will change planes at Logan International Airport in Boston or John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Students can be dropped off at the FOCUS property. The address is 450 Lamberts Cove Road, West Tisbury, MA. If your child will be arriving by car, please let us know who will be dropping them off and when they will arrive at the property.
Other Ferry Options
Departs from Woods Hole, MA and Hyannis, MA and arrives at Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs ferry docks depending on what time of day you depart.
Departs from Hyannis, MA and arrives at Oak Bluffs ferry dock.
Departs from Falmouth, MA and arrives at Oak Bluffs ferry dock.
Seastreak (also called New England Fast Ferry)
Departs from New Bedford, MA and arrives at either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs ferry docks depending on the time of day you depart. Seastreak also has a bus service from the train station in Stamford, CT to the New Bedford ferry dock. The Stamford train station is on the Metro North line and easily accessible from New York City.
Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry
Departs from Quonset Point, RI and arrives at Oak Bluffs ferry dock.
Bus to Ferry
Bus service to the Steamship Authority ferry dock in Wood's Hole, MA is available from New York (stopping in Providence, RI) and Boston. Another option is to fly into Logan International Airport in Boston and take a bus to the ferry dock. Please go directly to the Peter Pan website to see the exact times of their bus schedules.
Bus service to the Seastreak ferry dock in New Bedford, MA is available through Seastreak from the train station in Stamford, CT. The Stamford train station is on the Metro North line and easily accessible from New York City. Please go directly to the Seastreak website to see the exact times of their bus service.
Train to Ferry
Train services into the Amtrak Kingston Station in Rhode Island (KIN) have a shuttle service from the train station to the Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry. Please go directly to the Vineyard Fast Ferry website for specific information about the shuttle service.
For additional transportation information, please visit the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce or this Massachusetts Vacation Guide.