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.