The Rhode Island Coast: Small but Mighty
By Carissa Hickok
Rhode Island may be a tiny state but it packs a lot of sand and surf into its 40 miles of coastline. Here are 10 beaches in Rhode Island that are perfect for a pit stop or a family summer getaway.
Crescent Beach is 2.5 miles of white sand on Block Island that stretches from the Old Harbor to the Clay Head Preserve. Ferries dock at the Old Harbor and there is a concession area nearby where you can find umbrellas, chairs, cabanas, and boogie boards.
Mohegan Bluffs is a gorgeous sandy beach located on the southeast coast of Block Island. You can access the beach via a wooden stairway of 141 steps that leads you down to the sand, as the beach is set under the 200-foot tall cliffs. Mohegan Bluffs offers a secluded and rocky area to swim and surf. The view from the beach is spectacular with its clay cliffs.
East Beach/Ninigret Conversation Area in Charlestown is a beach that is less industrialized than others. The 3 miles of sand is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Rhode Island’s biggest salt pond, Ninigret. You can kayak through the lagoon and spot birds, fish, and small animals. Relaxation at its finest!
East Matunuck State Beach is a half-mile curve of gold sand with strong waves in South Kingstown. You can see the Succotash Salt Marsh dunes from the pavilion. The parking lots are big, but they fill up very fast on summer weekends - so go early!
First (Easton’s) Beach is Newport’s largest public surf beach with plenty of soft sand. Here, you can find a carousel, bathhouses, and umbrellas that are available to rent.
Goosewing Beach is part of the 75-acre Little Compton Preserve. Goosewing Beach is a barrier beach sheltered by grassy dunes. It is certainly worth a visit. From late March to mid-September, you can see rare piping plovers breeding right there on the beach!
Napatree Point is a 1.5-mile sandy pit in Westerly that divides Watch Hill’s Little Narragansett Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. There is a conservation area that safeguards rare dune habitats on the migration course of lots of bird species.
Misquamicut State Beach is a half-mile of gold sand in Westerly that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the salty, stunning Winnapaug Pong, popular with sailors. Misquamicut has a pavilion that provides concessions, a store to buy souvenirs, lifeguard tower, shady gazebos, and changing rooms.
The Town Beach at Matunuck in South Kingstown is different from the other beaches in that it has a boardwalk, a playground, picnic areas, 1,300 linear feet of sand, volleyball court, parking lot, and seasonally available pavilion with restrooms, showers, and vending areas. The Town Beach, constructed in 1988, is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Narragansett Town Beach is a clean and accessible mile-long shore popular for its smooth curling waves, which attracts surfers and novice swimmers alike. Visitors can stroll from the beach north to Pettaquamscutt River.
Small but mighty Rhode Island is certainly a nice state to visit!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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