Rhode Island Beaches

Your guide to the RI shoreline

Want to find out more about Rhode Island beaches? This guide is for you. It includes all the details you’ll need to plan a day at any of the public ocean beaches in Rhode Island.

The guide also includes information about some smaller shoreline beaches that aren’t on the ocean.

To make it easier for you to navigate this guide, I’ve divided the beaches by region: Newport County, South County, Block Island, West Bay and East Bay.

Look at the map below to see where each region is, then scroll down for more details...

RI Beaches by Region

Because this guide to Rhode Island beaches has details about nearly 40 beaches, I've divided the information by region.

Just click on each region to go to a page about all the beaches in that area.

Newport County:
Newport County is home to smaller beaches in Jamestown, Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton, as well as the larger, more popular beaches in Middletown and Newport.

Read more about the 13 Rhode Island beaches in Newport County.

South County:
If you want to visit Rhode Island’s larger state beaches, head to South County. The region has beaches with boardwalks and family-friendly attractions…beaches with great surf…as well as beaches with calm water if that’s your preference.

Read more about 14 South County beaches.

Block Island:
If you decide to visit one of Block Island’s beaches, getting there on the Block Island Ferry is part of the fun! It’s a great idea for a day trip…or plan ahead to spend the night at one of the island’s hotels or B&Bs (advance reservations highly recommended during the busy summer season).

Read more about the best six beaches on Block Island.

West Bay:
Warwick is home to three RI beaches in the West Bay region. These small, saltwater beaches are located in local parks and neighborhoods. Don’t expect great swimming, but if you’re in the area and want to relax by the water, check out these three West Bay beaches.

East Bay:
The East Bay region of Rhode Island is home to the quaint towns of Barrington, Bristol and Warren. If you’re spending the day sightseeing nearby, end your day with a stop at one of these town beaches. A great water view and a little sand beneath your feet is the perfect way to end the day!

Read more about the three Rhode Island beaches in the East Bay region.

  • The RI Department of Health monitors all the state’s beaches throughout the year. For the latest information on beach closures, visit the department’s website or call 401-222-2751 for a recorded hotline.

  • To avoid the crowds, head to the beach in the afternoon rather than in the morning. You won’t get stuck in traffic and parking will be a breeze. Pack a light supper and stay ‘til sunset!

  • You can bring your dog to Rhode Island state beaches from October through March.

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