Isles of Shoals

Isles of Shoals

The Isles of Shoals is a cluster of nine small islands and tidal shoals, four in New Hampshire and five in Maine, five miles off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire.  Star Island, the second-largest, is the home of a seasonal hotel and conference center, and is accessible during the summer months by a twice-daily ferry from Rye Harbor and downtown Portsmouth. The islands have been occupied for more than 400 years, originally as fishing  villages, and today, they remain the home of several of the oldest houses in New England, some of which date to the early 1600s.