Best Rhode Island Beaches

You don't need to head south to step foot on beautiful beaches. From Martha's Vineyard to the Jersey Shore, the East Coast is full of serene beaches that are perfect for a close-to-home getaway. Some travelers find a favorite beach and return year after year, but there are always more beaches to discover as well. Even if you have a local favorite, you might want to check out the following best Rhode Island beaches to shake up your vacation routine. From glamorous beachside resorts to quiet family retreats, there is a beach for every traveler in Rhode Island.

rhode island beachesNewport

For many people, at the top of the list for best Rhode Island beaches is Newport. This glamorous destination is known for being one of the original resort destinations for the rich and famous. Today many of these same traditions have survived, from days of sailing to evenings of seafood feasts . Rentals here often have luxurious touches, and aside from sinking your toes in the sand, there are many activities to keep you occupied including golf , horseback riding , tennis , and more. When you're looking to relax, take advantage of Newport's famous spas like the Newport Spa Escape .

South Kingstown

While Newport is popular, it isn't the only option for great beach getaways to Rhode Island. Another great destination is South Kingstown. This relaxed destination offers gorgeous oceanfront rentals in a more affordable price range than Newport. Properties here are perfect for romantic retreats or family reunions. There are some large rentals with four bedrooms or more to accommodate large groups. Keep busy during the day with a long list of activities, including scuba diving, boating, hiking, or building sand castles. In addition to these activities, more amenities in South Kingstown include a scenic boardwalk , volleyball court , playground area for kids , and great picnic area .


One of the best Rhode Island beaches is definitely Narragansett. Travelers will have a great variety of vacation rentals to choose from, including oceanfront luxury homes or cozy cottages a short walk from the beach. This beach town is known for its quaint architecture and atmosphere and, as a result, many families find the town appealing. Everyone in the family will find their favorite activities close by, including golfing , shopping , and a long list of water sports . Narragansett has earned a reputation beyond Rhode Island for having four of the most beautiful beaches in the state, including Roger Wheeler State Beach and Salty Brine State Beach .


If you don't usually associate Rhode Island with the beach, leave it to Charlestown to change that. This beautiful beach town is known for its range of vacation rentals, from the uber luxurious to the cute and quaint. Here travelers will find miles of unspoiled beaches for relaxing days full of canoeing, hiking, or taking tours of local wildlife refuges. Charlestown is also a very popular spot for people interested in bird watching . This town is home to a great seafood festival held every August .


If your idea of the perfect Rhode Island beach is one where you can find peace and quiet, head to Westerly. In exchange for the glamour of other seaside resorts, you will have miles of serene beaches to enjoy. This family-friendly destination offers plenty of water sports as well, from boating to sailing to fishing . You won't be isolated in Westerly either; this Rhode Island destination is known for its restaurants , art galleries , and annual Shakespeare in the Park series every summer.

Between all of these Rhode Island beaches, it will be easy to find a match in price, location, and activities.


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