Located on the southern tip of Aquidneck Island, Newport has multiple aquatic nicknames including “City by the Sea” and “Sailing Capital of the World,” so it’s no surprise that water-themed attractions are so popular in the area. Spend the day sailing on the Atlantic Ocean, and then top off the day with a delicious seafood dinner made with fresh-caught local ingredients. Many of the homes in Newport are truly breathtaking, making it one of the best spots to look for vacation rentals. Rhode Island also boasts a number of other towns that are certainly worth exploring. Here are 10 of the best areas to find Newport vacation rentals.
As you might expect from its name, Middleton is located in the middle of Aquidneck Island, just minutes north of Newport. The area offers approximately 2 miles of gorgeous Atlantic beaches, and it’s known for its exceptional nature and sightseeing. For a scenic outdoor adventure, visit the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge for a hike. Meet some friendly critters at the Simmons Farm Petting Zoo, or photograph the feathery fauna at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.
Rhode Island’s capital and largest city are located just a little over 30 miles north of Newport. This vibrant Rhode Island hot spot has so much to offer to vacationers of all ages. Providence is known for its thriving art and music scenes, so be sure to check the local venues. Bring the whole family out for a day at the Roger Williams Zoo, a 40-acre park-style zoo with a wide range of exotic creatures, including giant anteaters, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, and flamingos. The Providence Children’s Museum is another great kid-friendly place to visit, offering a variety of fun and educational hands-on activities.
Located mainly on the northern tip of Aquidneck Island, as well as on the smaller islands of Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island, and Hog Island, Portsmouth is just a 10-minute drive from Newport. If you’re interested in doing some island hopping, Portsmouth is the perfect town to look for vacation rentals. Check out the lighthouses and vineyards on Prudence Island, or rent a boat and head to Mount Hope Bay for a day of fishing. For a magical family friendly experience romping through lush, manicured gardens, visit the whimsical Green Animals Topiary Gardens. The kids will have a blast finding the many plant-based animal sculptures throughout the enchanted garden.
Jamestown is a relaxed coastal town with gorgeous nature and views for days. The area is known for its exquisite restaurants and fun, locally owned shops, as well as its quaint historic farms and immaculate public state parks. Take a tour of the Beavertail Lighthouse, and then head to its onsite Park for a relaxing picnic lunch by the water. Explore Fort Wetherill State Park, where you’ll be blessed with magnificent views of the Newport Harbor and the historic Fort Adams.
On the eastern shore of the Narragansett Bay, you’ll find Tiverton. This welcoming small town is home to two picturesque beaches, Grinnells Beach and Fogland Beach, both situated right near the Sakonnet River. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll through the area’s lush nature, windsurfing or parasailing on the Atlantic, or fishing on the river, you’re going to fall in love with Tiverton’s unique charm. Be sure to spend some time exploring Tiverton Four Corners, a historic district made up of the fascinating 18th-century architecture.
6. Little Compton
Packed with quaint charm and beautiful landscapes, Little Compton is located in the southeastern section of Rhode Island, right next to the Massachusetts border and the Sakonnet River. If you’re looking for a memorable, one-of-a-kind vacation rental, you may be able to find historic 17th, 18th, and 19-century homes. Stop by Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard for a taste of the good life, and have a little wine while you’re at it. Little Compton is the only Rhode Island town with an official town common, so be sure to visit the Little Compton Commons to get a taste of what an authentic New England village square is all about.
This deep-water seaport is classic Rhode Island, offering well-maintained parks, stunning architecture, and a scenic waterfront you won’t want to leave. Bristol is a foodie’s paradise, with a wide range of diverse restaurants readily available at your vacation rental’s front door. Take a trip to Colt State Park for gorgeous views of the bay, fantastic hiking trails, and even an on-site museum where you and your family can learn about the area. The beautifully restored Blithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum is another breathtaking attraction you shouldn’t miss.
Narragansett, or “Gansett” as it’s lovingly called by the locals, is made up of a strip of land spanning the eastern bank of the Pettaquamscutt River to the shore of the Narragansett Bay. The area is known for its fantastic boating conditions, as well as its four public beaches. The historic downtown area is perfect if you want to grab a bite to eat at one of the fine eateries, and then explore the local shops. Visit the family friendly Canonchet Farm, where you can enjoy the picnic area, playground, and fascinating sites such as ancient rock walls and carriage barn ruins.
Warren is a small town with a big heart. With over 16 miles of shoreline, it’s the perfect spot to look for vacation rentals if you want to enjoy long, scenic sunrise and sunset walks along the beach. Head to the downtown area, and enjoy lunch by the water at one of the area’s numerous waterfront restaurants. Then, check out the downtown’s local art galleries and antique shops. Enjoy dinner and a live show at the 2nd Story Theatre.
10. South Kingston
South Kingston is recognized for its serene farmlands, quaint villages, gorgeous parks, and picturesque shoreline. East Matunuck State Beach is a favorite destination for vacationers and locals, offering comfortable picnic areas, thrilling water sports, tempting restaurants, and plenty of places to swim. Enjoy a leisurely day strolling through the enchanting Kinney Azalea Gardens, taking in the sights. There’s even an on-site nursery if you want to buy plants or seeds to take the magic home with you.