Today, Jamestown remains a peaceful coastal jewel with historic farms, cliffside parks, locally-owned restaurants, shops, and art galleries. There is an unobtrusive rural charm to much of the island and its town center still has the feel of a traditional village. A few farms remain, established neighborhoods are intact, and historic properties, including lighthouses, windmills, and the remains of old military fortifications, offer connections to the past. With an abundance of open space and lightly traveled roadways, Jamestown island offers wonderful opportunities for casual or avid walkers, joggers, and bikers.
Despite easy road access, the island has remained lightly developed and a sense of tranquility prevails. Passenger ferry service and the Jamestown Bridge connect this idyllic gem in Narragansett Bay to all that downtown Newport offers.