The beaches of Newport, RI provide a wide range of different activities and surf. Popular beaches, busy with activity and concessions, family beaches, surfing beaches, and beaches off the beaten path. Of course, Newport County also is also home to a number of private beaches requiring a membership to enjoy – but we’ll avoid talking about those.
Come on and take a tour of the public beaches of Newport, RI!
The Public Beaches of Newport RI
1st Beach aka Easton’s Beach
Easton’s Beach, 1st Beach: what’s in a name? All you really need to know is that this beach is one of Rhode Island’s most popular. Once the warmer weather hits this 3/4 mile stretch of sand and sun becomes a hive of happy activity. Activities include surfing or boogie boarding in the rolling waves, carousel rides, Save The Bay aquarium, and a skateboard park. Restrooms with showers, concession stands, lifeguards, and a picnic pavilion round out the amenities. Beach parking in the lot is $10 weekdays, $20 on weekends. Metered street parking is also available.
2nd Beach aka Sachuest Beach
Sachuest Beach/2nd Beach offers a quieter, longer stretch of sand than 1st beach. 2nd Beach is popular with families and locals, as well as surfers who enjoy the larger waves. Kayaking, kite flying, and exploring Purgatory Chasm are other popular activities. 2nd Beach abuts Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, who’s nature trails and cornucopia of bird species attract many a nature lover. Amenities include concessions, lifeguards, restrooms with showers, and a picnic area. Parking in the lot is $15 during the week and $25 on the weekends.
Nestled in a cove, 3rd beach is a smaller, more protected beach offering a calmer surf. Consequently, 3rd beach is typically quieter than many other beaches, though it’s steady breezes make it popular for wind-surfing. 3rd Beach amenities include lifeguards, a public boat ramp, restrooms, and a picnic area. Lot parking is $15 during the week and $25 on the weekends.
Gooseberry Beach is similar to 3rd Beach, in that it, too is set back in a cove, and offers calmer waters and calmer crowds. Amenities include lifeguards and concessions but Gooseberry Beach beach club, however, is private. Parking is $20 a day.
Fort Adams Beach
Fort Adams State Park is a small 225 foot beach overlooking Newport Harbor. The beach’s calm waters and a roped-off swimming area make it perfect for the kids. Amenities include lifeguards, public restrooms, a picnic area – and FREE PARKING!
King Park Beach aka King’s Beach
King Park Beach is another small beach overlooking Newport Harbor. King’s Beach is great for picnics and a day in the sun. Amenities include a picnic area, playground, and restrooms. Limited parking is available on Wellington Avenue.
Reject’s Beach is so-named because it is adjacent to (and an apparently unwanted portion of) one of the most exclusive beaches on the east coast, Bailey’s Beach. While you’ll need a membership to enjoy Bailey’s Beach, Rejects Beach, which is only separated from the former by a fence, is open to the public – primarily because it is unofficial. This means no amenities, no lifeguards – swim at your own risk. Reject’s Beach is located at the end of the Newport Cliff Walk and somewhat under the radar. No parking – best visited on foot or by bicycle.
The Beaches of Newport RI
No matter which you choose, all the public beaches of Newport, RI feature fine sand and gorgeous coastal scenery. Even better, Newport County is laid out in such a way that almost all the beaches are within easy reach by bike or on foot.
After a fun day on the beach, nothing is more welcoming than a private and comfortable guestroom at a locally owned and operated, Newport County B&B. Make the most of your Rhode Island getaway with the best accommodations in the state: Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts!
Upcoming Newport County Events
The Artful Lodger Music Mixer 2018
Rory and Ric
featuring guest Carl Gerhard of Phish on trumpet
The Rory and Ric Duo join forces with local musician friends to form an eclectic “quintet” playing music from jazz to funk to rock and roll. Come enjoy this free mini concert in the Artful Lodger Inn’s beautiful gardens. Bring your own pizza and beverage.
Tuesday, July 31, 2:30pm
Artful Lodger Inn 503 Spring Street
954-815-3175 0r 401-847-3132