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Narragansett, Misquamicut, Scarborough, Roger Wheeler, Watch Hill: Rhode Island's South County is famous for its long, broad beaches with gentle surf.



Southern Rhode Island, called South County, has quite a number of splendid fine-sand beaches (map) that lure both residents and visitors in summer.

The state beaches have the best and most complete facilities, such as lifeguards, showers, toilets, food stands and adequate parking. The smaller town and nature-area beaches may have few or no facilities.

Here's a map of South County beaches, here are important South County beach tips, and below are descriptions of all the public beaches, from west to east.

Napatree Point Beach

Over a mile of beautiful, unspoiled beach in a conservation area west of Watch Hill. No facilities, limited parking. More...

Watch Hill (Carousel) Beach

Right in the center of Watch Hill village, right next to its historic carousel, it's convenient and popular, with good facilities, but parking is...nearly impossible. More...

East Beach, Watch Hill

Very limited parking, but within walking distance of Watch Hill center, this long, broad east-facing beach always has room for you. More...

Misquamicut State Beach

Everything for a great family beach vacation: long, soft sand beach and excellent facilities. More...

Blue Shutters Town Beach

Family-friendly beach with excellent facilities open to both town residents and visitors: lifeguards, outdoor showers, toilets, changing rooms, food shop, picnic tables and beach-accessible wheelchairs. More...

East Beach State Beach

Three miles (5 km) of prime ocean shoreline, but limited parking and few facilities—but Blue Shutters Town Beach is nearby. More...

Charlestown Breachway Beach

On the east side of the Breachway (map), it's designed for self-contained recreational vehicles, with limited facilities‚ but a fine beach nonetheless. More...

Charlestown Town Beach

A relatively small town beach adjoining Charlestown Breachway State Beach. Both are fine, but there are better choices if you don't fit the profile of most beachgoers here. More...

South Kingstown Town Beach

The best of South County's town beaches, it has all facilities, including a children's playground and picnic tables. More...

East Matunuck State Beach

One of Rhode Island's best full-service beaches, a long crescent of golden sand with up-to-date facilities near the quaint village of Jerusalem. More...

Salty Brine State Beach

From this small (100-yard-long) beach in Port Galilee you can watch the ferries to Block Island come and go. Seafood restaurants and camping are within walking distance. It's good for little kids because a sea wall blocks the surf. More...

Roger Wheeler State Beach

Fine sand, good facilities (picnic tables, bathhouse with coin-operated hot showers, playground, food stand, and plenty of parking) and handy to the Block Island ferry, it was formerly known as Sand Hill Cove Beach. More...

Scarborough State Beach

Scarborough North and South Beaches are Rhode Island's most popular beaches for good reason: broad beaches of fine sand, good facilities (lifeguards, coin-operated hot showers, food stand, toilets, boardwalk, observation tower) with camping and the ferry to Block Island nearby. More...

Narragansett Town Beach

Just north of historic Narragansett Pier, the delights of a fine sand beach and an interesting town are both yours here. Parking lots are reserved for residents and season ticket-holders, but you can park in town and walk. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

Important Beach Tips


Point Judith

Watch Hill

About South County

Block Island

RI Transportation

Tourist Information

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Misquamicut State Beach RI

Misquamicut State Beach,
another favorite.

Scarborough State Beach, Point Judith RI
Scarborough State Beach

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