What are the best things to see and do in Coastal Rhode Island?

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Coastal Rhode Island is the picture of seaside serendipity, lined with charming historic towns with yacht-filled harbors, clam shacks, walking paths and gorgeous beaches. Here are five of the best things to do on a visit to the coast of Rhode Island:

1. Newport. Newport’s beaches are top tourist attractions in this small state. Much of the beaches in along the coastline are rocky (though pleasant for a day of sun); the Newport beaches over wider stretches of sand and most are adjacent to restaurants and bars, so you can go from sand to Stella in a snap.
2. Narragansett Bay. Narragansett Bay is one of the most pristine parts of Coastal Rhode Island where you’ll find opportunities to sail, fish and swim. Around the bay are historic little villages where you can dine, shop and explore the history of Rhode Island. We suggest you book a ride on of the historic schooners and take a sail into the sunset for a picture-perfect evening.

3. Newport Vineyards. Wine may not immediately pop into your head when you think of Rhode Island, but the Newport Vineyards is one of Coastal Rhode Island’s most frequented attractions. The family-run winery and 50-acre vineyard is just 10 minutes from downtown Newport and open year-round for tours and tastings.

4. Block Island. For a taste of nature, catch a ferry from Narragansett to this island and spend the day bicycling, hiking or otherwise absorbing the unspoiled splendors. Due to tremendous conservation efforts, almost half the island is protected land where rare plant and animal species flourish.  

5. Cliff Walk. The 3.5-mile walkway in Newport hugs the rocky bluffs for amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificent mansions of Newport’s gilded age. The walk is mainly paved, but there are some tricky areas and corners to watch out for while you hike.

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