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.
During the off-season gates are open at Rhode Island State Beaches and it is free to park, however parking capacity at several state beaches continues to be reduced to prevent crowding. There are no lifeguards on duty and beach pavilions are closed.