Rhode Island Beaches: Hidden Gems
When it comes to beaches, do you like to "take the path less traveled by"? Here's a list of terrific beaches that keep a slightly lower profile, offer fewer people and are a great place to settle in for a relaxing day in the sun!
Cooneymus Cove, Block Island
Why it’s a hidden gem: Out of the way and private, Cooneymus Cove is too rocky for swimming and sunbathing, but this secluded spot is an excellent place to hike, fish, beachcomb, picnic and watch the sunset.
Why it’s a hidden gem: This spectacular barrier beach takes up three miles of prime beach shoreline but is the least developed of all Rhode Island’s state beaches. It has limited parking, as well as a 20-site campground.
Napatree Point Beach & Conservation Area, Watch Hill
Why it’s a hidden gem: It’s a stunning, sandy stretch between the Bay and the ocean that’s great for a relaxing stroll or a hike. It’s also a great spot for watching the shorebirds in summer and fall and Hawks in late summer and early fall.
South Shore Beach, Little Compton
Why it’s a hidden gem: This secluded and peaceful (and rocky) spot features white sand and crashing waves. There’s limited parking, so the lot does fill up in the summer. There’s also camping available by application, but no campground.
Teddy’s Beach, Portsmouth
Why it’s a hidden gem: It’s pet friendly! Near the northern tip of Aquidneck Island, this state-owned beach has no lifeguards or restrooms available, but leashed dogs are welcome on this curved peninsula that surrounds Blue Hill Cove.
Third Beach, Middletown
Why it’s a hidden gem: Small and relatively quiet, this beach is east-facing and overlooks Third Beach Harbor. Features include shallow water, minimal waves, grills, picnic tables, a boat ramp, port-a-potties, and a Del’s Lemonade cart. The winds over the water make it popular with windsurfers.
Warwick City Park & Buttonwoods Beach, Warwick
Why it’s a hidden gem: It’s a 126-acre beach park featuring a long, sandy beach and swimming area, picnic area, bike paths, ball fields, playground, restrooms and a dog park.
Vaill Beach, Block Island
Why it’s a hidden gem: It’s rocky and very secluded – accessed by a dirt path to the bottom of a hollow. Swimmers should be cautious because the surf is rough, and the shallows are rocky. Vaill Beach is known for fantastic sunsets, a great view of the Block Island Windfarm, as well as excellent beach combing and good surfing.
Wuskenau Beach, Westerly
Why it’s a hidden gem: Smaller and less busy than its big sister, Misquamicut State Beach, Wuskenau Beach offers soft sand, good waves and proximity to food and attractions. Parking is available for a fee, lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day to Labor Day and there are bars, restaurants, a drive-in theater, water slides and a carousel nearby.