More than 400 miles of coastline affords beautiful beaches and sprawling sandy seasides here in and around Newport. Whether you're looking to bask in the water or sink into a beach chair with your toes in the sand, these beaches have just what you need: sand, sunshine and the perfect amount of sea breeze. 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

No matter which beach you choose to visit, the following restrictions remain the same to ensure the safety of all visitors and locals:

  • Masks must be worn while walking to and from your vehicle, and while visiting the snack bar and restrooms.
  • We kindly ask that you maintain social distance by leaving plenty of space between you and any neighboring groups while visiting local beaches, swimming, or engaging in other water-based activities.

 

Jump to beaches in: Newport | Middletown | Portsmouth | Jamestown | Tiverton | Little Compton 

 

 

NEWPORT

 

EASTON'S BEACH

Also known as First Beach, this 3/4-mile stretch of sand and ocean is the prime spot for whichever beach-day activity you desire. Rolling waves set the scene for surfing or boogie boarding. Bonus: It marks the beginning of Cliff Walk, just in case you find yourself yearning a scenic stroll.
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • Gates open at 8:00 AM. Pro Tip: If arriving by car, arrive early as lots are anticipated to fill quickly. Parking lot gates will close at 5:00 PM.

  • West Lot #1 is reserved for Newport residents only. Please be prepared to provide a form of proof of residency.

  • Residents interested in purchasing a seasonal pass can visit CityofNewport.com/BeachStickers. Please note that sticker applications are being processed by MAIL only and no stickers will be sold at the beach.

  • The Easton's Beach Carousel and Save the Bay Aquarium are currently closed.

  • Bath houses are also closed for the time being, however restrooms and beach concessions will be open.

  • If you plan to use picnic tables, please bring your own table covering and/or sanitizing wipes.

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards: Stationed daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM during the season
  • Public Restrooms (Wheelchair accessible)
  • Picnic Area
  • Concession stands
     

PARKING

Beach parking is available for both residents and visitors at a cost of $25 per car on Saturdays and Sundays. Debit or credit card only.

 

 

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GOOSEBERRY BEACH

Gooseberry Beach is located along 10-mile Ocean Drive. Set in a cove, the beach provides a quiet, calm place to relax with minimal waves. The beach itself is open to the public, while the beach club remains private. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • Gooseberry Beach is open for members and pass holders only this year. No day passes are being sold, and walk-ons are not permitted. 
  • Members, please check with Gooseberry Beach for all current restrictions.

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards: Stationed daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM during the season.
  • Snack Bar

 

PARKING

Beach parking is open for members and pass holders only this year. 

 

 

 

FORT ADAMS STATE BEACH

Located at Fort Adams State Park on Ocean Drive, this small 225-foot beach overlooks Newport Harbor with calm waters and a roped-off swimming area perfect for kids. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • Please check with Fort Adams State Park for all current restrictions.

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards: Stationed daily 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM during the season
  • Public Restrooms (Wheelchair accessible)
  • Showers
  • Picnic Area

 

PARKING

Free (Believe it!)

 

 

KING PARK BEACH

Another small beach overlooking Newport Harbor, King Park Beach is the perfect spot to pack a picnic to enjoy on the pavilion and spend the day in the sun. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • Please check with King Park for all current restrictions.

 

AMENITIES

  • Public Restrooms
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground

 

PARKING

Parking is available but limited along Wellington Avenue. 

 

 

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MIDDLETOWN

 

SACHUEST BEACH

Sachuest Beach in Middletown, otherwise known as Second Beach, is where you'll find locals. The longest stretch of sand in Rhode Island, second beach provides 1.5 miles of white sand stretching down to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Here you'll find 2.5 miles of nature trails and more than 200 bird species throughout the year. 

Head to Surfer's End for, you guessed it, surfing; plus, kayaking and kite flying. Large waves and ample space culminate the perfect beach scene. 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

COVID-19 update as of June 2, 2020:

As of July 24, 2020, parking at Second Beach is reserved for resident and non-resident season pass holders until 6:00 PM in an effort to limit the number of people on the beach. Seasonal beach passes are on sale for residents and non-residents at the Gazebo next to Second Beach, weather permitting (payment by check preferred, no credit cards). Parking lot opens at 8:00 AM daily.

 

PRICING:

Resident seasonal:

  • Regular pass: $70.00
  • Senior pass: $65.00
  • Motorcycle pass: $30.00
  • The issuance of a free second pass and a free pass for Third Beach will be suspended for the season

Non-resident seasonal:

  • Regular pass: $140.00
  • Senior pass: $130.00
  • Motorcycle pass: $60.00

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards: Stationed daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM during the season.
  • Public Restrooms
  • Picnic Area

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THIRD BEACH

Located down the road from Second Beach and fairly off the beaten path, Third Beach provides a quiet oasis for those looking to unwind. Much like Gooseberry Beach, Third Beach is set in a cove, so there aren't many waves, but don't worry, the breeze is still plenty. 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Parking lots for Third Beach will be open for town residents only. All residents will need to purchase a seasonal pass to park at any of the beach parking lots. Please check with the Town of Middletown for any updates or further details.

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards: Stationed daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM during the season.
  • Public Restrooms
  • Picnic Area

 

PARKING

Beach parking is available for residents only at a cost of $15 during the week and $25 on the weekends in the lot.

 

 

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PORTSMOUTH

 

SANDY POINT BEACH

This quiet and sheltered beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. Admission is $10 during the week and $15 on weekends. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

All groups must be limited in size in accordance with current RI Department of Health and state guidelines, and every group must maintain a minimum of 6 feet from other groups. 

  • Resident Beach Pass parking only:
    • Transfer Station Sticker holders do not require a beach sticker.  
    • Stickers must be placed on the lower, inside corner of the driver’s side windshield.
  • The Beach parking lot capacity is limited to 65 cars, or 150 patrons.
  • There will be no lifeguards on duty, so visitors should proceed with caution while in the water and swim at their own risk.
  • The restroom will be closed for cleaning ten minutes each hour. 
  • Entrance and exit routes to the beach will be posted in accordance with RI DEM guidance.  
  • Sigourney Road is limited to resident only parking.  Parking permits are being distributed to residents on Sigourney Road. 

 

 

JAMESTOWN

MACKEREL COVE

A calm, quiet cove in Jamestown, Mackerel Cove is about a half-mile long, and is close to neighboring attractions like Beavertail State Park. Plus, most days brings Del's Lemonade Truck in the parking lot. 

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards
  • Public Restrooms

 

PARKING

Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis at a rate of $15 per car, per day. 

 

 

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TIVERTON

FOGLAND BEACH

Fogland Beach in Tiverton is the perfect spot for windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and kite surfing, all complimented by beautiful views of the Sakonnet River. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • Parking: Space for approximately 200 cars. Please note that the parking lot capacity will be reduced in accordance with the RI State COVID Guidelines. 
  • Please check with the town of Tiverton for all current restrictions.
     

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards
  • Public Restrooms
  • Changing Rooms
  • Kayak and paddleboard rentals
  • Showers
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground

 

PARKING

Parking Fees (Memorial Day - Labor Day Weekend):
Tiverton Residents: No Fee (resident sticker available at beach)
Non-Tiverton Residents: $10 per day on weekdays.
$15 per day on weekends and holidays. 
$5 per day for motorcycles. 

 

 

 

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GRINNELL'S BEACH

A small, family-oriented beach located on the Sakonnet River, Grinnell's Beach offers a small crescent of sand and sun with a children's play area and a designated swimming area. Much like Fogland Beach, Grinnell's is dog-friendly, just make sure your four-legged friend is leashed. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • Parking: Space for approximately 50 cars, including 2 handicapped parking spaces. Please note that the parking lot capacity will be reduced in accordance with the RI State COVID Guidelines. 
  • Gates open at 9:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM.
  • Please check with the town of Tiverton for all current restrictions.
     

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards
  • Public Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Changing Area

 

PARKING

Parking Fees (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend)

Rhode Island Residents: No Fee.
Non-RI Residents: $10 per day on weekdays.
$15 per day on weekends and holidays. 
$5 per day for motorcycles.

 

 

LITTLE COMPTON

 

SOUTH SHORE BEACH

Located on Shore Road, this small, rocky beach offers beautiful views of the ocean. 
 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Starting Saturday, June 20, 2020 through Monday, September 7, 2020 South Shore Beach will be operating under the following guidelines:

  • 5:00 AM: Gates open
  • 5:00 - 8:00 AM: Residents and beach sticker holders only.
  • 8 AM - 4:00 PM: Residents and non-residents admitted.
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Resident and season stickers available. No fire permits or campers will be allowed.
  • 4:00 - 11:00 PM: Entry limited to residents and beach sticker holders only.
  • Cars will be limited to 125. The first 100 will be residents and non-residents. The last 25 will be residents only.

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards
  • Public Restrooms
  • Camping

 

PARKING

Parking costs $15 during the week and $20 on weekends. Little Compton residents park for free. 

 

 

GOOSEWING BEACH

Goosewing Beach is a small beach maintained by The Nature Conservancy. Though it's small, it offers scenic views and a lovely spot to relax. To access, park at South Shore Beach and walk over. 

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

  • See above South Shore Beach restriction

 

AMENITIES

  • Lifeguards

 

PARKING

There are no parking spaces here. Park at South Shore Beach and walk over. 

 

 

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