Get ready, because beautiful beach days are coming, people! Can't you just hear the sound of the surf and smell the salt in the air? There is truly nothing like the beach for unplugging and relaxing. Given that We have 400 miles of coastline and more than 100 public beaches, finding that perfect beach might seem a daunting task. But don't worry! Here's a handy guide to Rhode Island's beaches to help you find the one that best meets your beach-going needs!

Rhode Island Beaches 101

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Family Favorites

Beaching with the kids is always fun (if not necessarily relaxing), but picking the right beach is a must. Plenty of soft sand for sand castles, gentle waves or calm water for wading and playing and extras like restrooms, concessions and playgrounds are always nice. If your beach time this summer is also your family time, definitely check out our Family Favorites page! Read more.

Great Surfing

If for you the beach is your gateway to epic waves and a zen-like peace, we know what you mean. Rhode Island has some great spots to surf and we've put them together for you - all picked by locals who are in the know. Read More.

Hidden Gems

Some people love nothing more than the sounds and energy of a packed beach on a sunny day. If that's you, you're going to want to skip this section. For those of us who like the beach "less traveled by" these spots aren't where the big crowds go. Some are lesser known, some are a bit off the beaten track and some lack the amenities of the bigger beaches. But what they do have is fewer people and activity. Check them out if you're looking for a quieter beach experience. Read more.

State Beaches

Rhode Island has seven beautifully maintained state beaches, each unique and featuring various amenities and parking. This year for the first time, you can purchase a season beach parking pass online. Read more.

Beach Fishing

Would you rather be fishing? As much as you love a day at the beach, do you love it even more with a fishing pole in your hand? You are not alone! Fishermen, women and children flock to our shores looking for their next big catch. And you can too - if you know the right spots! Read more.

Lakes & Ponds

If you believe that "life is better at the lake," then this information is for you! Check out Rhode Island's lakes and ponds for a day on the shore or kayaking and canoeing. Each in their own unique setting ready to provide the perfect balance of fun and relaxation. Read more.


If you and your furry BFF love to hit the beach, find out where you're allowed to go during the summer season! Read more.

Now that you've got all the information you need to pick the perfect beach, all that's left to do is pack your beach bag and go!