Scarborough BEACH(es)

  • The most popular beach in RI.  
  • Sitting area, lifeguards, pavilions
  • Boardwalk, observation tower,  picnic tables
  • Concessions, restrooms, and coin showers
  • Information:  401-789-2324 (North)

Originally developed in 1937, Scarborough Beach is Rhode Island’s most well known beach. Located 35 miles south of Providence on Ocean Road in Narragansett, it is a 26 acre facility with 2,325 ft of frontage. Scarborough Beach has a newly renovated pavilion and expanded beach area along with renovations to community sections.  These areas, now referred to as the Scarborough South Complex, offer a wide range of beach related activities. Swimming with lifeguards on duty from 9am to 6pm.  Popular beach for all ages.

  • Very strong surf
  • Large parking lot
  • Bath house
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Information:  401-789-8585

salty brine beach

  • Tiny beach
  • protected from strong surf
  •  Great for kids
  • Great scenery
  • Bath house
  • Information:  401-789-8374


  • Playground area
  • picnic tables,
  • bathhouse
  • Gentle surf
  • Information:  401-789-3563

  • Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett 
  • Charlestown Town Beach, Charlestown 
  • Scarborough State Beach(es), Narragansett
  • Napatree Point, Westerly
  • Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly 
  • East Beach, Charlestown
  • ​Watch Hill Beach, Westerly
  • ​Blue Shutters Town Beach, Charlestown
  • ​Salty Brine State Beach, Narragansett 
  • ​Roger Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett 
  • ​Westerly Town Beach(es), Westerly
  • ​Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown   
  • ​​East Matunuck State Beach, S. Kingstown


The name change from Sand Hill Cove to Roger W. Wheeler State Beach occurred in 1970. Captain Roger W. Wheeler was the creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System. Surprisingly, it took the state until the middle of World War II to clear away almost one hundred “squatters,” who had erected illegal beach structures at Sand Hill Cove. It wasn’t until at least 1955, another ten years, that the first modern bath house and parking facilities were put on the site.

In the late 90s, redesign and renovations of the beach facilities at Roger Wheeler produced a new pavilion, coin-operated hot showers, a playground, concession building, a life-guard tower, and an environmental educational area.


  • Medium surf
  • large pavilion
  • food
  • bath house
  • large parking lot
  • One of the largest beaches in the state
  • Information:  401-596-9097

  • Limited parking
  • favorite spot for hikers
  • bird watchers
  • Information:  800-732-7636

​East State Beach in Charlestown consumes 3 miles of prime shoreline. It is the easterly extension of Quonochontaug Neck. One of the least developed of the Rhode Island state beaches, it has fewer visitors and limited parking. Nonetheless, it is one of Rhode Island’s spectacular seaside treasures.

This barrier beach also has 20 primitive campsites, which require special vehicle requirements/passes. Parking is very limited and fills up early. A portion of the beach is staffed with lifeguards on a seasonal basis. 

​Located at the end East Beach Road, the Sam Ferretti Blue Shutters Town Beach has proven be to be a hit with Burlingame campers.  Ample parking is available with a daily entrance during the week of $15.00 and $20.00 on weekends & holidays. Additionally, cottage passes, resident stickers, and nonresident stickers are accepted at the beach.  Seasonal hours of operation are 9-5 weekdays and 8-5 weekends and holidays. Lifeguards are on duty during those hours (weather permitting). 

​Watch Hill has been described as a visual paradise.  The entire area is known for it's beautiful beaches, magnificent homes, surfing, fishing, sailing, bird-watching, and majestic sunsets.  Watch Hill is tranquil, secure and easily accessible by car, boat, Amtrak, and air. The town is full of history, shops, and glorious Victorian architecture. A short stroll from the beach you can find shops with delights ranging from ice cream to antiques. Take time to stop at the Ninigret Statue and historic Watch Hill Carousel.


Naturalists will love take a stroll on this undeveloped stretch just off Watch Hill.  It is a 1.5 mile barrier of sand that starts at the Watch Hill business district in Westerly and separates the Little Narragansett Bay from the Ocean. It is a wildlife refuge and ecological preserve. Locals come here frequently to swim at the public beach, and bird watchers will find a variety of species here.The beach entry is free, but you will find no services along the beach.  Visitors should also be advised that the area flora is infested with ticks.

watch hill

  • Home of the Carousel
  • popular with families
  •  Parking available
  • Bathhouse
  • Shops nearby
  • ​Information:  401-348-6007 

east matunuck beach

From the Hurricane of 1938 through successive storms in 1954 and 1955, both light-weight and well-built structures along this coastline were from time to time swept away with the tide. Beginning in 1956 the State Department  of Public Works began acquiring storm-ravaged land by public condemnation. Additional purchases oc-curred in 1967. A modern beach facility was built totaling more than 144 acres. 

Salty Brine State Beach (aka Galilee State Beach), was acquired by the state Division of Parks and Recreation by the Division of Harbors and Rivers in 1954. Harbors and Rivers Dept. had been responsible for developing the breach way at Galilee in the Town of Narragansett as a harbor area for commercial and recreational fishermen. A number of seafood processing plants dotted the entrance into one of Rhode Island’s great salt ponds, Point Judith Pond. The port area is also the state’s major terminal for the renown Block Island Ferry. This state beach is tucked alongside some of RI's most famous seafood restaurants. In 1990, it was decided to rename Galilee State Beach as Salty Brine State Beach; after a prominent radio personality long associated with Rhode Island’s nautical and seaside traditions.

  • Modest surf
  • Bath house
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Information:  401-364-1208 ext. 364

  • Playground area
  • picnic tables,
  • bathhouse
  • Gentle surf
  • Information:  401-789-3563

Burlingame State Campground


Fine sand and a friendly surf make this a family favorite.  Resident passes and cottage passes are accepted. Senior discount. Cash and personal checks are accepted.  Bathroom facility with cold-water rinsing stations. Fees are for parking only and are per car. Alcohol prohibited, no pets, smoke free facility but smoking areas available.  Limited concession stand.  For daily weather/surf conditions call the Charlestown Town Beach.

This popular beach is sandy in most places, but pebbly in a few spots; depending on how recent tides and winds have shifted the sand. Despite large rocks that line the shore in many spots, the beach is a very popular spot for surfers year-round.  Access to the beach is confined to several entry points at the south end by the town, or via The Dunes club with membership. Lifeguards patrol only the town controlled portion and a very small section over at The Dunes.  There are parking spaces available curbside, but they fill up quickly. Most visitors will have to pay the parking/access fee.


south county


my beachfront property

east beach

  • Medium surf, large pavilion
  • food, bath house
  • large parking lot
  • One of the largest beaches in the state
  • Information:  401-596-9097

  • Playground area
  • picnic tables,
  • bathhouse
  • Gentle surf
  • Information:  401-789-3563

  • Pavilions with snack bars

  • Changing rooms

  • Showers and rest rooms

  • Great surfing​

  • Information:  401-782-0658

blue shutters

  • Lifeguards
  • showers & restrooms
  • changing rooms
  • concessions
  • picnic tables
  • Information:  401-364-1206



Charlestown Breachway was a direct result of arguments from locals that the natural breach was filled in by the tides depositing sand thereby creating a barrier that separated the pond from the ocean. They wanted a permanent breach which would prevent the water in local ponds from becoming brackish and unfit for the cultivation and harvesting of oysters, an industry important to this area. Located on the east side of "The Breachway" is a camping area for self contained RV's, a state beach, some of the best salt water fishing in South County and a panoramic view of Block Island Sound. This location also has boat launch with limited parking.

Misquamicut has always enjoyed a summer population balanced by Westerly area locals and lots of Connecticut residents. Misquamicut is one of the state's most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front. The strip of Atlantic Ave. hosts  many local attractions. The pavilion includes rails, outside showers, and composting toilets. Festivals and concerts  often use the lot for festivities.  The beach often fills to capacity during sunny summer weekends. The community type structure includes a bathhouse building, a concession building that includes a gift shop and offices, a lifeguard tower and shade gazebos. In October 2012, Misquamicut Beach was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. With help from the community and visitors, the beach unbelievably reopened to the public in May 2013.

goodbye sun, hello campfire

westerly town beach(es)

Westerly Town Beach, and Wuskenau Town Beach a.k.a. The Westerly New Town Beach are a smaller alternative to Misquamicut.  You'll enjoy the same sun, sand, and surf as the neighboring state beach. Open to the public with paid parking. Season passes are available to both residents and nonresidents.  Within walking distance to each other, as well as amusements on Atlantic Ave., this beach is always good for families with small children.