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Among the finest Rhode Island beaches, a long crescent of golden sand with up-to-date facilities.


East Matunuck State Beach, next to the coastal village of Jerusalem, and just west across the channel from Galilee, Rhode Island (map), is among Rhode Island's best: a long, curved, fine-sand ocean beach with moderate surf and excellent up-to-date facilities.

Lifeguards, food stand, toilets, free rinse-showers, coin-operated hot showers, beach-capable wheelchairs for free, adequate parking. (No animals allowed, however, as on all South County beaches.)

Signs clearly point the way from US Route 1 south along Succotash Road to the beach, which is backed by salt marsh.

On summer weekends the parking lot fills early, in which case the beach is closed to latecomers as there is no other parking allowed nearby.

East Matunuck State Beach, Jerusalem, Rhode Island
L-o-n-g, broad golden sand beach with fine facilities...

Several seafood restaurants dot the road north of the beach, and others are in the village of Jerusalem near the beach.

Block Island ferryboats come and go to Port Galilee, right across the channel from Jerusalem.

If you have a good arm you could throw a ball from Jerusalem to Galilee, but there's no bridge across the channel, so to reach Galilee without swimming (or a boat), you must drive north, east, then south for 11.4 miles (18.4 km), all the way around Point Judith Pond.

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East Matunuck State Beach, Jerusalem, Rhode Island

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