Nine Coastal Communities
Newport and Bristol counties make up a coastal community like none other. While the City of Newport may be considered the hub, our spokes, including Bristol, Barrington, Warren, Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, and Jamestown, make this place extraordinary.
Barrington boasts a long, rich history as members of the Mayflower party once called the coastal town home. More than have of the town’s square miles is water, so picturesque waterfront vistas are plenty. More information on Barrington, Rhode Island.
Created in 1685, Bristol embraces its three centuries of rich history which includes being the site of a landmark battle, as a sailing and shipbuilding hub, a critical Colonial Era port and all the while continuing to have the distinction of hosting the oldest, continuous Fourth of July Celebration in America. More information on Bristol, Rhode Island.
Jamestown was incorporated in 1678 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and transferred to Rhode Island in 1746. Today, Jamestown is a peaceful coastal gem with historic farms, stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, and locally-owned shops and art galleries offering a serene atmosphere. More information on Jamestown, Rhode Island.
In 1682, the town of Little Compton was incorporated by the Plymouth Colony, which was the first permanent European settlement in New England founded by English Pilgrims. It became part of Rhode Island in 1747 and today is home to the Ocean State’s only official “town common,” listed in the National Register of Historic Places. More information on Little Compton, Rhode Island.
By our destination’s standards, Middletown was a late bloomer, incorporated in 1743. Just as its name suggests, Middletown is in the “middle” of Aquidneck Island in Newport County, bookended by Portsmouth to the north and Newport to the south. More information on Middletown, Rhode Island.
Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island is considered to be the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. A haven for religious dissenters, a critical Colonial Era port city, a thriving artists’ colony, a summer playground for America’s barons of industry during the Gilded Age, home to the U.S. Naval War College and known as America’s First Resort, Newport is a destination like none other. More information on Newport, Rhode Island.
Founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson and two other dissenters of the original Boston Colony, Portsmouth is home to many historic sites, public golf courses, marinas, antique shops and more. Portsmouth also encompasses four islands: Prudence Island, Patience Island, Hope Island, and Hog Island. More information on Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Tiverton was incorporated in 1694 and today, this coastal community seamlessly blends outdoor beauty with cultural pleasures. The town is home to one-of-a-kind quaint locally owned boutiques and eateries, many nestled in historic Tiverton Four Corners, a quaint New England village of 18th century buildings. More information on Tiverton, Rhode Island.
Settled in 1653 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Warren’s working waterfront is one of the oldest in New England with more than 16 miles of shoreline, multiple marine-based industries, and a thriving downtown offering a host of local art and antique shops, waterfront restaurants and more. More information on Warren, Rhode Island.