Just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Newport, this nine-square-mile island packs all the maritime excitement of its neighbor in a cozy, quiet package.
Sandy shores are a commodity on the island’s mostly rocky coast, but the town beach at Mackerel Cove has gentle surf and tranquil views. It’s a popular spot for swimming or lounging with a cup of Rhode Island–made Del’s frozen lemonade.
Your Main Street
Narragansett Avenue stretches between the island’s two marinas, with shops dotting both sides. Jamestown Designs sells local artwork; Conanicut Marine Ship Store & Chandlery is a one-stop-shop for all things boating, from engine parts to shoes.
Seafood isn’t hard to come by here, but the friendly atmosphere and great dinner deals (wine included!) at Chopmist Charlie’s make it a local hot spot. Down the road, Village Hearth Bakery serves savory Caprese sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas.
Your Free Time
The island’s narrow, quiet streets and trails are friendly to those on foot or bicycle, but the real draw here is watersports—from kayaking and sunset paddleboarding to sailing across the bay and weekly yacht racing at the local yacht clubs.
Left: Friendly staff (and pup!) at Windmist Farm