Maine Tourism: Vinalhaven Island

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Vinalhaven Island

Vinalhaven Island, Maine is located just fifteen miles off the coast and is the largest of the fourteen year round island towns of Maine. The Island is served daily by ferry, carrying passengers, cars, bicycles and cargo trucks. The ferries are small and unless you make reservations, it is not a good idea to take your car to the island. There is no public transportation on the island, but visitors can get around by either walking or riding a bicycle. Read More

Vinalhaven Island like the neighboring island of North Haven Island is best known for its summer community of wealthy residents, most coming from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

The Island has a natural beauty enhanced by the multi-generational families that have called the Island home for years. Lobster fishing is the mainstay of the economy, but it is followed closely by tourism. Other smaller businesses have begun to work to meet the needs of the local community and the influx of tourists, which come to the Island each summer.

Vinalhaven Island was once the home to many granite quarries. Most of the quarries have since been abandoned and are now filled with water. These make excellent swimming holes for locals and visitors alike. Sea Kayaking is also a popular activity in the area.

Vinalhaven Island is a working community – perhaps a little rough around the edges – but it is a great place to visit to experience island life off the coast of Maine.

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