Rhode Island is the smallest of the US states, but contains over 400 miles of coastline and offers prospective retirees several different retirement options. Most of the coastline is along the edges of Naragansett Bay, a key geographic feature that cuts into the interior of the state from the Atlantic. Rhode Island’s most popular attractions and activities are generally associated with water and include yachting, fishing, and the beach.
The capital and largest city of Rhode Island is Providence, at the head of the Bay. Providence’s history as an seaport and as a center of jewelery and silverware manufacturing is documented in several execellent museums, including the Heritage Harbor Museum and the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum.
Newport was Rhode Island’s key city during the early history of the USA. However Newport is now overshadowwed in economic and political clout by Providence. Newport has been host to the America’s Cup Yacht race. Many luxurious summer homes date to the 19th century “Gilded Age” and were built in Newport by the wealthy who would vacation here in the summer. Among these were John Jacob Astor, whose Astors’ Beechwood Mansion and Museum is among the most extravagant of these amazing vintage “cottage” homes.
12 miles offshore is the tourist haven of Block Island. Cnservation efforts have helped to preserve Block Island’s rural character. Here you’ll enjoy long sandy beaches, hiking trails, and 365 freshwater ponds.