Destination guide

Fur traders and sheep grazing

The islands of Jamestown, now part of Rhode Island, were first discovered by Europeans in the early 16th century when exploring Narragansett Bay. Later, they were used as a base for fur traders before English colonists used them for sheep grazing. Today, Jamestown is one of the wealthiest places to live in the country and a weekend getaway gem packed full of award-winning restaurants, well-maintained parks and boutique shops. Be warned, the Jamestown vacation rentals get booked up well in advance, so nab yours early to avoid disappointment.

Activities

Fly over the island

There's simply too many things to do close to Jamestown vacation rentals to list in one place. If you want to experience the landscape and beautiful coastline from above, consider booking a private helicopter flight from nearby Newport. Alternatively, jump on board one of the dinner cruises that depart throughout the summer and enjoy the peace of the Narrangasett Bay while eating delicious local cuisine. If you head to the north of the island, you'll find the Beavertail State Park, an ideal spot for walking and admiring the rocky coastline and ocean views.

Weather

Fickle weather in Jamestown

If you want to know about the weather, look back to quote from Mark Twain who said, 'If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes'. It's true. The weather can be very fickle, but this adds to the charm of Jamestown. If you manage to book a Jamestown vacation rental during summer, you'll soak in soaring heatwaves cooled by the breeze from the sea, while fall is warm, bright and perfect for hikes along the coastal paths in the state park. Bundle up in the winter and dive into cozy little restaurants or museums to warm up.

Natural features

Endless acres of wildlife habitats to explore

Just a few miles across on the mainland is the Big River Mangement Area, a vast park encompassing forests and wetland habitats as well as the Big, Nooseneck and Congdon Rivers. It's easily reached from Jamestown vacation rentals and when you're there you can spot bounding white-tailed deer and cotton tail rabbits. There are also furbearers like fox, raccoons and mink roaming around, as well as ruffed grouse, wild turkeys and wetland species like waterfowl. Cast your line into the well-stocked rivers to catch a trout if you feel lucky.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Jamestown

The nearest airport is in Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State), located 5.1 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State), which is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) away.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Jamestown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Jamestown:

  • Jamestown Shores: 16 vacation rentals
  • Shoreby Hill: 48 vacation rentals
  • Bryer Farm: 43 vacation rentals
  • Mackerel Cove: 46 vacation rentals
  • West Ferry: 25 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Jamestown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Jamestown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Head's Beach: 1,900 vacation rentals
  • Jamestown and Newport Ferry: 1,887 vacation rentals
  • Beavertail State Park: 1,908 vacation rentals
  • Watson Farm: 1,886 vacation rentals
  • Fort Getty Park: 1,908 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Jamestown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Jamestown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 57 Houses in Jamestown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Jamestown include:

  • Cabins: 9 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Jamestown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 16 vacation rentals with pool available in Jamestown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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