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Newport has been a major seaport since its founding in the year 1639. Due to its’ important maritime heritage, and being host to the America’s Cup Yacht Races, the city soon became known as “The Sailing Capital of the World.” In fact, six of the beautifully restored yachts from the America’s Cup Yacht Races are available for private charters, as well as two-hour sunset sails, departing daily from the Newport Harbor Marina. Newport Harbor itself is one of the most entertaining and beautiful harbors in the world, and also one of the most famous in all of New England. With over 300 years of stories to tell, the waterfront continues to attract visitors for its’ picturesque scenery, family festivals, and variety of quaint shops and restaurants. The Harbor Walk in Newport is divided into two sections, Harbor Walk North (The Point) and Harbor Walk South (Main Harbor.) Harbor Walk North covers the original colonial center of the waterfront, and Harbor Walk South is the “active” harbor with everything from trendy boutiques to “chowda” tasting. The Newport Yachting Center, which hosts a number of events during the year, including a boat show in September, is also located on the waterfront. Other places of interest include the renowned Cliff Walk, the Newport Aquarium and The Museum of Yachting, which was recently named among the top ten sailing museums in the country by “Sailing” magazine. Newport is home to dozens of yachting clubs and yacht charters, and is one of the best recreational harbors in the world for yachting enthusiasts.


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