Block Island holds a special place in the hearts of boaters. You have to complete a 12-mile passage to get there, then pick your way into Old Harbor or maybe battle a headwind through New Harbor’s channel.
Gourmet cuisine, upscale shopping, yachty pubs, historic sites, Dodson Boat Yard — who knows what draws boaters to Stonington Borough, the town’s narrow, mile-long peninsula.
Key West. Just the name of America’s tropical island-city makes many boaters yearn to shuck their mainland shackles and cruise south — for racing, fishing or just hanging out.
This jewel of a Southern village — an easy 3-mile cruise up the St. Marys River from Intracoastal Waterway Mile 712 — boasts friendly locals, picturesque gingerbread homes and buildings along five downtown blocks and hundred-year-old live oaks arching over the roads. Lang’s Marina’s two facilities bookend the busy commercial waterfront.
A spacious protected harbor, complete boating services, maritime industries and a growing number of great places to eat and fun things to do have transformed Rockland from a gritty commercial fishing port to a fascinating stop for boaters.
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