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Newport features spectacular beaches and ocean views

Newport beaches are plentiful, with some like Easton's Beach (First Beach) within walking distance of Newport's downtown. Breton Point State Park and its beach are known for great kite flying. The beaches along Ocean Drive attract surfers and windsurfers year-round. Fort Adam has a bathing beach in a historic setting, because of the fort and because of the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival, held here. The Newport region includes Middletown and Jamestown Island, where Beavertail State Park offer a lighthouse and rocky shoreline -- great for exploring tidal life.

Sandy Point Avenue Portsmouth, RI, 02871 Phone: 401-683-2101

This shallow, sandy beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day - Labor Day, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. every weekend and on weekdays from mid-June to mid-August.
Amenities: Changing rooms, restrooms, picnic site.
Season/Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fees: Admission for non-residents, $7 weekdays and $12 weekends; season pass, $50.

50 Asylum Road Bristol, RI, 02809 Phone: 401-253-1611

This sandy, gravelly beach is across from Colt State Park, and has a large grassy expanse with a playground and picnic tables. This beach has shells and large pebbles, and is mainly popular for its sports facilities. Ample on-site parking is available. Lifeguards on duty during the summer.
Amenities: Basketball court, soccer fields, skateboard park, tennis court, playground, ball fields, roller hockey arena, snack bar, picnic site, restrooms, 6 mile fitness trail.
Season/Hours: May – October, dawn – dusk
Fees: $6-10

Ocean Drive Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-847-2400

This is a rocky -- not sandy -- beach. Fun for exploring tide pools and watching seabirds and doing nature photography. Kids love the tidal pools. See full description of of Brenton Point State Park.

This small beach has a gentle slope and clear, calm water, making it safe for kids. Fishing off the pier is popular. Located at the southern end of Water Street, on the Warren River.
Amenities: Restrooms, picnic site, fishing pier, playground.
Season/Hours: Summer, dawn – dusk
Fees: Free admission. Parking, $5; lot under construction, visitors must find street parking.

Ocean Drive Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-2400

Historic fort property hosts picnics, swimming, fishing, historic reenactments, sailing

This park has a salt-water swimming beach. It is handicap accessible, and there are restrooms with showers. Admission and parking are free. See full description of Fort Adams State Park.

474 Sachuest Beach Road Middletown, RI, 02842 Phone: 401-849-2822

This nature beach in Rhode Island is one-and-a-quarter miles long with sand dunes. Clean sand, a (usually) quiet crowd, and waves ideal for body surfing. Seasonal parking stickers are required or a fee is collected daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lifeguards on duty.
Amenities: Restrooms, showers, snack bars, picnic site, changing station.
Season/Hours: Summer, dawn – dusk
Fees: As of July 1, 2016 daily parking rates are $15 for weekdays and $25 for weekends & holidays. Seasonal beach passes are $70 for Middletown residents; $140 for non-residents.

On Bullock's Cove, off Metropolitan Park Drive Barrington, RI Phone: 401-253-7482

This park on the Bay has a wheelchair- and handicap-accessible boat ramp. See full description of Haines Memorial State Park .

Seaside Drive Jamestown, RI Phone: 401-423-7229

This tiny town beach has lots of seashells and rocks and not much sand, so bring shoes. Great for beach combing and sunset walks. Parking is on first come, first serve basis. No lifeguard on duty.
Season/Hours: Dawn – dusk
Fees: May 15 - October 15; $30 per season for non-residents.

175 Memorial Boulevard Newport, RI, 02840 Phone: 401-845-5810

Newport’s largest ocean beach adjacent to the start of Cliff Walk. Family Night with live band every Tuesday, and Children’s Night with entertainment every Thursday in July and August. About a 15-minute walk from downtown Newport or a 5-minute bike or taxi ride. First Beach is usually crowded, and always great for families.
Amenities: Chair/surf board/boogie board/umbrella rentals, playground, picnic site, snack bar, beach store, restrooms, showers, outdoor skateboard park, carousel, aquarium. Over-sand wheelchairs available at no charge.
Season/Hours: Summer, dawn – dusk
Fees: Parking fee, $10 weekdays and $20 weekends/holidays; season passes, $80 for non-residents.

Third Beach Road Middletown, RI Phone: 401-846-2119

This small, peaceful stretch of beach is in a cove, so it has calm water and is ideal for windsurfing. Third Beach is down the road from Second Beach in Middletown, and includes 4 beaches, 2 of which are semi-private. A great spot for exercise and swimming.
Amenities: Public boat ramp, restrooms, paddleboard and kayak rentals.
Season/Hours: Summer, dawn – dusk.
Fees: State fees apply (see top of page).