Rhode Island beaches

The Ocean State is home to an astounding 400 miles of coastline. The long sandy beaches of Rhode Island have, for generations, created feelings of awe, inspiration, joy, peace, exhilaration…you name it. The beach communities of Bristol and Narragansett have been named top destinations by Coastal Living and Thrillist, respectively, because they provide those iconic beach experiences for families and individuals of every age: wide swaths of sand, perfect-sized waves for surfing and swimming, selfie-perfect vistas, and surrounding clam shacks, beach bars and shops where flip-flops are the rule. No wonder we’re called the Ocean State.  

UPDATE 8/31/2020: State beaches will be open two additional weeks post Labor Day when they would usually close. Parking will be free and restrooms will be open but there will not be lifeguards.

Please see the below guidance for attending Rhode Island beaches. For more information check out Phase III of Reopening RI.

  • Wear a face covering when you can't be at least six feet from others(e.g., parking lots, boardwalks, in lines).
  • Avoid crowded beaches.
  • When possible, use cashless payment options to pay for entry.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in case soap and water are not available.
  • Check ahead to see if bathrooms and concessions will be open.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not wear a face covering while swimming or playing in the water.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others, even in the water (unless you live in the same house).
  • Limit of number of people in your group to the number recommended by the Department of Health and keep your group 6 feet away from other groups.
  • If available, pre-order food online or by phone from concession stands.
  • Practice safe sun and safe swimming guidance.

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