Rhode Island may well be the smallest state in the USA, but with over 640km (400mi) of coastline and 100+ beaches have earned it the nickname 'the Ocean State'. Narragansett Bay, a 48km (30mi) long arm of the Atlantic Ocean splits the state in two parts. To the west are sand spits, barrier beaches, lagoons and salt ponds, while low rounded hills compose the landscape to the east. There's a good concentration of surf spots with cobblestone reefs helping to groom the lines of swell into nice defined peaks. Famous for grandiose houses belonging to luminary families like the Kennedy's, Newport is also a centre for yachting, giving it an air of exclusivity.