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Jamestown | A Peaceful Coastal Town

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 town with historic farms, stunning parks, award-winning restaurants, quaint shops, and art galleries. Interestingly, this town has no chain stores or restaurants and only one gas station.

Beavertail State Park, Jamestown, Rhode Island. Photo by Dan Convey on Unsplash.


Summers are warm and humid. Winters can be frigid, wet, and windy. It is partly cloudy year-round. Over the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 80°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 87°F.

Since winters are so cold, the best time to visit Jamestown is summer.

Places to see

  • Beavertail State Park: Beavertail State Park is a stunning coastal park offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the picturesque lighthouse and enjoy panoramic vistas from the rocky cliffs.
  • Fort Wetherill State Park: Delve into history at Fort Wetherill State Park. Wander through the remains of the fort while enjoying the stunning waterfront views. The park also offers excellent opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and exploring the rocky shoreline.
  • Jamestown Windmill: Discover this quintessential New England landmark from the early 18th century. Marvel at its unique architecture and learn about its significance to the town’s history.

Things to Do

  • Sailing and Water Sports: Enjoy Jamestown’s prime location by indulging in water sports and sailing activities. The possibilities are endless, from paddleboarding and kayaking to windsurfing and jet skiing. Charter a luxury yacht and explore the scenic coastline and nearby islands.
  • Newport Mansions: Just a short boat ride away lies the famous Newport Mansions, a collection of opulent Gilded Age estates. Step back in time as you tour magnificent properties like The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff. These architectural marvels offer a glimpse into America’s past.
  • Dining and Shopping: Treat your taste buds to the culinary delights of Jamestown. Explore the town’s vibrant dining scene, offering fresh seafood, farm-to-table cuisine, and charming waterfront restaurants. Additionally, browse local boutiques and art galleries for unique treasures to bring back home.
  • Museums: Here are some notable museums to explore:
    • Historical Society Museum
    • Fire Department Museum
    • Conanicut Island Art Association Gallery
    • Jamestown Philomenian Library

Jamestown Marinas

Dutch Harbor Boatyard is a full-service boatyard and mooring field. Providing boating service, storage, and maintenance. Moorings include launch service, Wi-Fi, laundry, bathrooms, indoor and outdoor shower facilities, water, ice, and a restaurant. Jamestown Village is within walking distance.

Conanicut Marina offers 1,200 feet of fixed pier dockage and 100 floating pier slips up to 480 volts. One hundred sixty deep-water embedment-type moorings at depths ranging from 6 – 55 feet. Long-term and short-term parking areas, courtesy shuttle, bathrooms and showers, Wi-Fi, ValvTect marine fuel dock, and high-speed diesel pump.

You may wish to visit Jamestown before embarking on your Martha’s Vineyard Boat Charter or a New England Yacht Charter vacation.