The lighthouse on White Island is a prominent Isles landmark. Photo by Scott Goodwin

Located just 5 nautical miles off the coast of New Hampshire, the Isles of Shoals are great boating destination and a world unto themselves. On a calm summer day, the islands are easily reachable from Newburyport, Massachusetts; Kittery and York, Maine; or Portsmouth, Hampton and Rye, New Hampshire, making them a great daytrip option for boaters who launch or keep their vessels in these ports. The archipelago consists of 9 little islands, clustered off the coast on the border between Maine and New Hampshire. In fact, the islands are divided between the 2 states.