The Best Beaches in Rhode Island
Crescent Beach, Block Island
East Beach/Ninigret Conservation Area, Charlestown
East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown
Strong surf washes almost a half-mile curve of silky golden sand here. Enjoy views of the Succotash Salt Marsh dunes from its futuristic pavilion. Arrive early on summer weekends: The parking lots may be huge, but they fill quickly.
First (Easton's) Beach, Newport
Three-quarters of a mile of soft sand lines Newport's largest public surf beach. Amenities here include bathhouses, a 1958 carousel and Rosie's, a boutique that rents umbrellas and boogie boards.
Goosewing Beach, Little Compton
The 75-acre Little Compton preserve numbers among the state's most scenic spots and includes a barrier beach sheltered by grassy dunes. Walk softly: Rare piping plovers breed here from late March through mid-September.
Napatree Point, Westerly
Hikers and birdwatchers adore this 1.5-mile sandy spit, separating the Atlantic from Watch Hill's Little Narragansett Bay. The conservation area protects rare dune habitats lying on the migration route of dozens of bird species.
Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett
Up to 10,000 visitors flock to this clean, accessible, mile-long shore daily during summer weekends. Prized for its smoothly curling waves, it attracts surfers and also walkers, who often stroll north to the Pettaquamscutt River.
Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly
A half-mile of golden sand divides the ocean from the salty, sheltered Winnapaug Pond, prized by sailors and less adventuresome swimmers. A pavilion includes concessions, changing rooms, a gift shop, lifeguard tower, and shade gazebos.
Reject's Beach, Newport
This 100-foot-long uncrowded strip huddles beside ritzy, blue-blooded Bailey’s Beach, owned by a private club, in Newport. Set at the Cliff Walk's eastern end, it has no parking and is best reached by foot or bike.
Watch Hill Beach, Westerly
Set on an Atlantic peninsula – near Rhode Island's most southwestern point – this family friendly beach remains popular for its soft sand and spectacular sunsets. It also houses the Flying Horse Carousel, one of the oldest still operating in America.