On the Island

Staying on Star Island

Star Island welcomes everyone to come out for a stay during the summer, and we realize that travelling on a boat to a remote island can be a bit of a question mark for some. There’s a lot to wonder about, and questions may pop up in your mind like, “What if I forget my toothbrush?”

Well, we don’t want you to worry about anything. And while there are some things we can’t control, like the weather, there’s a lot of information we can share with you. Our Better Living on Star Island booklets, which can be found in each guest room on island, provide useful information for people sleeping overnight on Star Island for the first time, or someone who has been travelling to Star for years.

Click here to download Better Living on Star Island


And here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • So, where do we stay on Star Island? That’s pretty simple. There’s a gigantic hotel built in 1875 called the Oceanic that most people stay in. There is also an old boarding house called Gosport that is generally used for youth housing. Guests also may stay in one of several cottages which date back to the original fishing village of the 18th century. One might also find themselves in what we call a “motel unit” which are limited in number. Motel units feature two twin beds in each room, and a private 1/2 bathroom.
  • So, do I bring my sleeping bag? While you’re more than welcome to pack your own sleeping bag and pillow, Star Island provides each room with clean linens, pillows, and towels. If you ever need an extra blanket, or more pillows, just stop by the front desk in the Oceanic Hotel.
  • Do you serve meals out there? Oh, do we ever. Meals are included in the room price, so don’t worry about having a dinner bill every night. All meals are served in the large dining hall off the lobby of the Oceanic Hotel. Most meals are served family style with people sitting 10 to a table. Other meals are served buffet style. Meals always have a vegetarian option. If you have any questions about food, especially in regards to important diets or allergies, please contact our food service manager by clicking here.
  • What happens if I forget my toothbrush? There’s a store located in the lobby which sells sundries like toothbrushes, sunscreen, and batteries.
  • How does one get to Star Island? Simple, by boat! The Thomas Laighton leaves out of Portsmouth, NH, and the Uncle Oscar leaves out of Rye, NH. If you’re attending a summer program on Star Island you are most likely taking the Thomas Laighton and your program/conference leader will contact you with boat times and other important information.

Have more questions? Contact our office at office@starisland.org and you’ll hear from one of our staff members to help.