Aquidneck Island, RI, USA

Aquidneck Island, RI, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 1,609 vacation rentals near Aquidneck Island. From 945 houses to 194 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Aquidneck Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

The largest island in Narragansett Bay

Aquidneck is the largest island in the spectacular Narragansett Bay. It's a popular weekend vacation spot for Providence residents who travel the 35 miles or so from the city to spend the sunny summer days sailing about the calm bay or exploring the fascinating New England historical sites. The coastal towns of Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport were all founded in the early 17th century on the island, once called 'Aquidnet' by the Native Americans. Newport is the largest of the 3 and where most Aquidneck Island vacation rentals are found.

The 'Sailing Capital of the World'

With so much coastline, it's not surprising that most of the outdoor activities revolve around the sea. In fact, it's known as the 'Sailing Capital of the World' due to its ideal wind conditions around the year. Take the yacht out to sail around the bay and return to moor it up at one of the harbors and enjoy some Rhode Island hospitality. For something even more peaceful, cast your line in to catch a sea bass or porgie and take it back to your Aquidneck Island vacation rental to cook up a delicious fish feast.

Sip on some fine reds and whites

There's no shortage of attractions near Aquidneck Island vacation rentals to keep you busy throughout your vacation. The Naval War College Museum is as old as it is fascinating and houses artifacts and documents chronicling the history of naval warfare over the last 500 years. Left to the public as a generous donation, the splendid Rough Point estate was built in the late 19th century and houses collections of European art and Chinese porcelain. Don't miss a visit to the Newport Vineyards, a boutique winery that has produced some fine reds and whites since it founded decades ago.

An ever-changing maritime climate

The New England climate is changeable, but you can expect fine sunny maritime weather if you book an Aquidneck Island vacation rental during the spring and summer months. The days are long and the skies are clear, making it ideal for water sports and hiking or biking along the coastal paths. If a spot of rain begins, you can head into one of the excellent seafood restaurants or museums to keep dry. The winter months often bring some snow, but if you bundle up warm, the rugged coasts are just as charming during this time.

Fluking humpback whales and playful dolphins

The wildlife in Narragansett Bay is highly seasonal. If you stay in an Aquidneck Island vacation rental at the right time, you may be lucky enough to see one of the migrating North Atlantic right whales or a fluking humpback, along with other marine wonders which come to the calm bay on their way south. You might even catch a glimpse of playful dolphins swimming in the wake of boats, while different seal species noisily congregate on the rocky coasts and marshlands. It's not uncommon to spot sea hawks and bald eagles riding on the morning thermals in search of fishy prey.