With more than 400 miles of glorious coastline, it’s hardly a surprise that Rhode Island is home to some of the country’s most extraordinary beaches. Looking to bask in an abundance of sunshine, sink your toes into the sand, and maybe even dare to take a dip? The blissful beaches of Newport beckon.
A Bounty of Beaches
From sandy, dog-friendly beaches perfect for windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding to rocky beaches with panoramic views of sea and sky, there’s truly something for everyone when it comes to Newport beaches.
Easton's Beach or First Beach, is located near The Cliff Walk and is perfect for surfing or boogie boarding. In fact, it is the largest public ocean surf beach in Newport. It's close proximity to The Chanler grounds (at most a 5 minute walk) also helps place it at the top of our list.
Fort Adams Beach, is located close to downtown Newport and it features calm waters with the best view of Newport Harbor. It also has a historic element to it with the Fort Adams being in the backdrop of the beach.
Sachuest Beach or Second Beach, technically located in Middletown, is the longest stretch of sand near Newport. It's close proximity to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge makes for a unique beach experience. There are concession stands, bathrooms, changing areas, showers, grills and picnic tables available.
Third Beach is located down the road from Second Beach, near the mouth of the Sakonnet River. It's location within a cove allows for calm waters which are perfect for wind-surfing and families. A Del's lemonade cart can also be found near the Boat ramp (on the South end).
Brenton Point State Park is not for those whose beach day consists of laying in the sand to catch a tan. In fact, there is not much sand at all. This beach is known for its rocky coastline, making it perfect for exploring tide pools, watching seabirds or photographing nature. Kite-flying is also a popular activity due to the usually present breezy conditions.
One of the best kept secrets among Newport’s many coastal charms is Gooseberry Beach. Tucked away in a secluded cove, it’s located along famous Ocean Drive -- just a scant mile from Newport’s iconic mansions and historic Bellevue Avenue. In other words, Gooseberry Beach offers the rare chance to be at the center of it all while simultaneously getting away from it all.
Another beach not many travelers to Newport are familiar with is Bailey's Beach. The beach's unique location nestled at the start or end of The Cliff Walk (depending which direction you are traveling) makes it a top choice. The unusual bright blues and greens also remind many who visit of trips to the Caribbean.
A Day at the Beach, Chanler-Style
If you’ve ever traipsed across the beach lugging all of your belongings in tow, you’re probably aware that “a day at the beach” doesn’t always feel like one. Enter The Chanler’s extraordinary 'A Day at the Beach' service.
Enjoy round-trip transportation to and from Second Beach in a Chanler Buick Enclave; chic beach towels; a keepsake Chanler bag with sunscreen, Fresh Lip Treatment and bottled water; and a beach cabana with lounge chairs. Oh, and did we happen to mention this special Beach Service also includes a chauffeur to handle all of the details and set-up for you? (Short of rubbing sunscreen on your back, that is.)
We recommend arranging for a gourmet picnic lunch from The Spiced Pear for the ultimate in refined relaxation. Indulge in your choice of a sandwich, kettle chips and beverage along with Mediterranean pasta salad, an apple, passionfruit panna cotta and bottled water, which are included.
You’ve done the beach before. But you’ve never done the beach quite like this. With the weather finally turning warming and cooperating, be sure to plan your sophisticated seaside getaway today.