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Seaside charm at Rhode Island vacation home rentals

Known as the Ocean State, much of Rhode Island sits on the coast, with long stretches of sandy beach interspersed with rocky coves. Once a summer playground for the rich and famous, many grand mansions still stand, and there are historic sites dating back to the days of the colonies. Stay in Rhode Island vacation rentals close to the beach, and enjoy long summer days on the coast, exploring charming small towns such as Narragansett with its seafront restaurants, or Newport with its artisanal shops and rich nautical history.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Rhode Island vacation rentals

Learn about the early-20th-century social scene with a tour of Newport's mansions. Once a place where the country's wealthiest families, such as the Astors and Vanderbilts, spent their summers, these grand colonial and neoclassical homes have been perfectly preserved. Step inside and you'll find imposing, ornate rooms full of historic treasures, leading out into acres of neatly-kept seafront gardens with breathtaking views. Be sure to check the opening schedules online, as some of the homes are only open seasonally, and there are often special tours available, such as a look at the servants' quarters, showing you a different perspective.


Things to do near Rhode Island vacation homes

Block Island is just a short ferry ride from the mainland, and this unspoiled island has a handful of Rhode Island vacation rentals. Mohegan Bluffs dominate the south of the island, with a 7-mile rugged hiking trail running along the clifftops. Enjoy sweeping views over the Atlantic, before following the steep wooden staircase down to the quiet coves below, with sand and shingle beaches and choppy seas. Look out for the Block Island Southeast Light, a red-brick lighthouse that dates back to the 19th century, which has a charming little museum in the old keeper's cottage.


Local weather near Rhode Island vacation homes

The beaches of Rhode Island are busy from June to early September, where the temperature can reach up to 90. In general, summers are pleasantly sunny rather than scorching hot, so you can still enjoy hiking or biking. Fall is an excellent time to visit, with colorful foliage on every tree, and chilly weather from mid-September that'll make you want to take a bracing walk along the coast. December through March is the coldest time, often with at least a couple of weeks of snow, which can be a great time to visit the delightful small towns.

Natural features

Rhode Island rivers, coasts and islands

Made up of islands, peninsulas and sandbars, most areas of Rhode Island are close to either beaches or rivers, so the state's favorite activities include surfing, sailing, and anything water-based. Choose Rhode Island vacation rentals close to the shore and you can enjoy lazy days on the beach, swimming off the rocky coast, before heading for freshly-caught seafood in a rustic shack. Joined by vast bridges and local ferries, it's easy to hop around the main islands, discovering quiet coves and secluded sand dunes. Or you can rent a boat and discover uninhabited islands, with only nesting birds for company.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Rhode Island vacation homes

Rhode Island has numerous attractions focused on kids. Vacation rentals are available near places like Roger Williams Park Zoo, a popular park with a nature museum and hundreds of global animal species, and Napatree Point Conservation Area, a coastal nature preserve with bird-watching and nature trails. Another highlight for kids is the Providence Children’s Museum, a hands-on creative learning space with educational programs for young children.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Rhode Island

Couples can enjoy plenty of romantic places throughout Rhode Island. Vacation homes can be found near idyllic locations like the Breakers, an opulent Gilded Age home of the renowned Vanderbilt family that boasts ornate artwork and gardens, and the Marble House, a lavish Beaux Arts style mansion and museum. You'll also like Misquamicut State Beach, a bustling state beach with a bathhouse, shaded gazebos, and picnic areas.

Can I find a vacation rental around Rhode Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,148 vacation rentals near Rhode Island. From 1,364 Houses to 253 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rhode Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Rhode Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rhode Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Newport: 1,462 vacation rentals
  • Block Island: 80 vacation rentals
  • Narragansett: 1,514 vacation rentals
  • Providence: 177 vacation rentals
  • Westerly: 521 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Rhode Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Rhode Island?

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

  • Newport: 1,462 rentals
  • Block Island: 80 rentals
  • Narragansett: 1,514 rentals
  • Providence: 177 rentals
  • Westerly: 521 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Rhode Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Rhode Island are:

  • Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State): 1,716 vacation rentals
  • North Kingstown, RI (NCO-Quonset State): 1,874 vacation rentals
  • Theodore Francis Green State Airport (PVD): 1,125 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Rhode Island?

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

  • Narragansett Beach: 719 rentals
  • Misquamicut State Beach: 364 rentals
  • East Beach: 1,387 rentals
  • Charlestown Town Beach: 626 rentals
  • Easton's Beach: 1,782 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rhode Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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