Summertime means spending time outside, under the sun, preferably on the water. It just doesn’t feel like we’ve officially kicked into summer gear until we’ve (sometimes less than enthusiastically) thrown on a bikini and made our way onto some body of water. And there’s nothing more frustrating than planning a day at the lake or on the beach only to arrive at a dirty, murky-watered locale. To save you from wasting any precious tanning rays, we’ve found the most beautiful, and beautifully populated watering holes for your summertime frolicking. Whether you’re planning on swimming laps to keep out of the heat and up with your bikini bod, or you’re just checking out the local talent, break out the sunscreen! The beaches are just under an hour from Providence, but the road trip will be well worth it…
Second Beach, Newport, RI
Not the world’s longest strip of sand, by any means, but definitely one of the most gorgeous! But hey, a beach is a beach, and we’re not complaining. Surfers distinguish their “surfing area” while swimmers and tanners have their space as well. Best of all, Second Beach is neatly tucked away from the busy-ness of Newport, so beachgoers and surfers alike can have a quiet, relaxing space on the water away from the bustling city. If you’re up for it, check out the Norman Bird Sanctuary at one end of the beach, or the Cliff Walk at the other!
Scarborough Beach, Narragansett, RI
For a stress-free beach day, hit Scarborough Beach. Easy parking, wide open space with plenty of real estate to choose from to find the perfect tanning and picnicking spot, concession stands, picnic tables, and showers are just some of the accommodations that make your day relaxing and fun. Even at peak times, you won’t be crowded out by tourists or locals, so join friends and family for a day in the sun!
Watch Hill, Westerly, RI
Although not the most accessible of beaches (parking is difficult to find), it’s downfall happens to be it’s star quality, as well. Watch Hill Beach’s remote location makes for a calm, relaxing, and remote strip of white sand and gentle tides. Whether you want to swim, tan, or partake in any number of other beach activities, you’ll nearly have the place to yourself! And you can pop next door to the small village of Watch Hill for some boutique shopping or on-the-water dining—sounds like it’s worth the trek to us!
Salty Bring State Beach, Galilee, RI
Also known as Galilee Beach because of its location, Salty Brine caters to families and fisherman. Boasting clean sands and gentle waves that make the water child-friendly, beach dwellers can admire the comings and goings of fishing boats into the nearby port. After a day in the sun, walk over to the village and have some fresh fish for dinner!