You could say that the water is important to Rhode Island. Our nickname is “the Ocean State.” There’s an anchor on our flag. The oldest regatta in the country takes place here. Rhode Island may only be 48 miles long, but we’ve got more than 400 miles of coastline.
So yes, we love the water – and so do our guests.
But for such a small state, a lot gets overlooked in Rhode Island. You can live here for years and still discover beaches and coves you’d never heard of before. We have rivers and ponds, hidden creeks to kayak, secret spots for fishing, and whole islands you’d never know existed unless a local brought it up.
One way to really explore Rhode Island is to stay in a local house or apartment. These rentals are as diverse as our waterways, from rustic cottages to urbane condominiums – and at least one that floats.
From here, you can pinpoint places to sunbathe, surf, or stand-up paddle board. You can find yourself an oyster knife and shuck your own shellfish. You can photograph waterfowl in protected wetlands, or rent a sailboat from the local marina. Whatever you love to do around the water – or want to try for the first time – you’ll find it here.
Don’t get me wrong – we have tons of historic hotels and upscale resorts, but if you want to embed yourself in the Ocean State experience and do as Rhodies do, consider these seven “wicked” accommodations.