Jamestown

41°30'N 71°22'W

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Jamestown

Consider Jamestown the quieter alternative to bustling Newport. The town of Jamestown is located on Conanicut Island, and here you’ll find Conanicut Marina, an extremely well appointed facility located on the eastern side of town, facing the East passage, where you can tie up and walk into town. Jamestown has a variety of interesting restaurants and shops. Dutch Harbor offers anchorage on the western side of the island.

You can circumnavigate Jamestown by passing through the West passage and under the Jamestown Bridge and back through the East Passage under the Newport Bridge. Along the way there are a number of great spots to drop a hook and take a swim or enjoy a picnic.

Dutch Island Harbor in the West Passage is a favorite spot for boaters to spend a day relaxing and swimming.

Mackerel Cove, on the southerly end of Jamestown just east of Beaver Tail Lighthouse, is another great anchoring spot, although not as well protected, especially if the wind is southerly. Mackerel Cove is a great place to swim, scuba, or skin dive, as well. If you have a license, this is a great place to dive for lobsters hiding in the rocky walls that surround the cove.