Things to Do in Newport, RI on a Sailo Boat Charter

Take to the seas in the stunning Ocean State

The maritime credentials of Newport, Rhode Island are plain for all to see. With a beautiful harbor dotted with masts, you know you’re in one of the best places in America to climb aboard your private boat charter.


If you didn’t already know, Rhode Island is nicknamed ‘The Ocean State’. Situated on Aquidneck Island, the city of Newport was the main staging point for one of the classics of the maritime calendar, the America’s Cup up until the mid 1980’s. Today, if you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Newport, RI, it has to be enjoying the fresh air and the sea spray on board your own yacht charter.


The gateway to New England, Newport is a popular place for people from all over the world to come and enjoy some time on the sea. But if you don’t have your ocean going pride and joy, don’t worry, Sailo offers a selection of great boat rentals. Step aboard a classic America’s cup style monohull, or if you prefer a catamaran, you’ll find a great choice of charters available each sailing season.


Ride the waves in an ocean going yachting to Narragansett Bay lighthouse, coast hop along the spectacular New England coast, set sail for Long Island or Martha’s Vineyard, or simply relax sailing the harbor.


Most choose a boat rental in Newport, RI as a day trip, but there are also a few options for the more intrepid overnight sailor. Take a look at the selection of great yachts to charter from Rhode Island.

Narragansett Bay Lighthouse


One of the best things to do on a private boat rental or yacht charter from Newport, RI is to head across to nearby Narragansett Bay. The pretty coastline here is lined with beaches, craggy cliffs and exclusive seaside homes.
The iconic sight of the Narragansett Bay lighthouse is also a sight to behold as you sail past aboard your yacht charter. Sailing across the bay is a perfect day trip, easily done in a few hours, just in time to get back to dry land and enjoy some fine food and drinks in Newport!

Get the party started on the high seas


Looking for something really amazing to kick off your party? A boat charter from Newport, RI is a great way to enjoy your party, whatever you’re celebrating. Birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate events or maybe just a family get together. Many of the boat charters on Sailo are perfect for large groups, and are accommodating for parties. Start your party with a thrilling experience, relax out on the ocean and set yourself up for a night to remember.

Sunset Cruise in Newport Harbor


Taking a sunset cruise aboard your choice of yacht or catamaran rental is one of the most romantic things to do in Newport, RI. If you want to impress that special somebody, or you just want to have the best view as the sun dips below the horizon, step aboard your boat charter and sail out to Goat Island. For best effect, don’t forget to bring your camera and a chilled bottle of Champagne (and don’t forget the glasses.)

Experience the America’s Cup


Although the America’s Cup is no longer regularly held in Newport, you can still appreciate the thrills and spills of sailing on board a Cup worthy yacht. Choose from the selection of yacht charters on Sailo and test your skills out on the waves. With the wind behind you, you’ll be able to feel the speed and the adrenalin as you plot your path out into wide ocean. One of the most popular things to do for visitors to Rhode Island, chartering your own America’s Cup yacht is a dream come true for many.

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Sailing from Newport, RI to Block Island


If you’re looking for an adventure, with an overnight stay, one of the most fun things to do from Newport is to head to Block Island. Although it’s possible to make it here and back from Newport as a day trip, you should make time to explore the island.
Visitors enjoy hiking and cycling, as well as fantastic beaches and a relatively unspoiled coastline. Most of the island is conservation land, and famous visitors include former Presidents Bill Clinton and Dwight Eisenhower.

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