Logo   Sachuest (Second) Beach, Newport RI


Sachuest Beach is actually in Middletown, Rhode Island, not Newport proper, but visitors think of it as Newport's Second and Third beaches (those are the traditional names).

Parking fees are $10 on weekdays, $20 on weekends.

Southern Sachuest Beach ("Second Bach"), facing Rhode Island Sound, is a long, broad swath of beautiful white sand beach with a gradual incline to the ocean, backed by huge parking lots. It's a favorite for swimming, sunning, kite-flying, fishing and some water sports. Facilities include lifeguards, toilets and showers.

Northeastern Sachuest ("Third Beach"), facing the Sakonnet River, is calmer, without the ocean surf, and is great for swimming, sunning, kayaking, boating (there's a boat ramp),windsurfing and paddleboarding. The parking lot here is rather small, and facilities consist entirely of lifeguards and a few portable toilets.

At the southeastern end of the road, past the beaches, is the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, open daily for free, with a fine Visitor Center and hiking trails for birdwatching and wildlife observation. The sea views are very fine.

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