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Rhode Island Beaches

The tiny 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.

Not limited to Bristol and Narragansett, there are 100 public beaches throughout the state providing the ideal beach vibe and amenities for every beach-goer. For instance, if you enjoy beach fishing, you'll want to check out these suggestions from locals as to the best spots. Do you like to beach it with man's best friend? If so, here's the skinny on where to go and when to go. Surfers can find where to grab the best waves in Rhode Island here. Some of our biggest beaches with the most amenities (think showers, concessions, rentals) are our beautiful state beaches. While the state beaches are free, there is a fee to park. Good news, beach lovers, starting this summer you can buy your season beach parking pass online!

If your beach needs are more about fun and safety for your kids as opposed to pounding surf, we've got you covered with a list of suggestions that Rhode Island families have sworn by for years. Introverts, our hidden gems section might be just the beach experience you're looking for featuring beaches either secluded or somehow overlooked by the hordes of ocean lovers that flock to our shores. We've also got wonderful lakes and ponds that feature beaches and great opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. And let's not forget about waterfront camping. You can visit a beach for a day or live on one for a week (or more). Talk about a room with a view!

Each of our beaches have their own unique character leaving locals and return visitors to passionately extol the merits of their favorites. Which one calls to you?    

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    All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website, however it is subject to change. Information is updated in an ongoing manner in partnership with local tourism offices, individual businesses and organizations and via a direct feed from goprovidence.com, discovernewport.org, southcountyri.com and Yelp.com.