RI Beach Guide 

As we’re all getting back into the swing of things, starting online classes, and navigating the new normal of socially distanced hangouts in Providence, it’s important that we all have some good, clean, fun while doing so. While we still have a few weeks of this summer weather left, I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of beaches near campus that could make for some great weekend excursions. Of course, if you choose to venture, be sure to stay within your pod, continue to social distance from others, wear a mask, and be as safe and as careful as possible. 

Goddard State Memorial Beach

Address: 1095 Ives Rd, East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Distance from campus: 25 mins

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Pros: beautiful views, lots of free parking, clean water

Cons: family beach, so keep it on the quiet side

Barrington Beach

Address: 87 Bay Rd, Barrington, RI 02806

Distance from campus: 20 mins 

Rating: 3/5 stars 

Pros: close to campus 

Cons: rocky, mediocre views 

Warren Town Beach

Address: 533-559 Water St, Warren, RI 02885

Distance from campus: 20 mins

Rating: 4/5 stars 

Pros: free parking, good views, playground!

Cons: more of a park than a beach, small

RISD Beach

Address: 231 Nayatt Rd, Barrington, RI 02806

Distance from campus: 20 mins

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Pros: quiet, very scenic, close to campus

Cons: very quiet so leave the speaker at home   

East Beach 

Address: 494–534 E Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI, 02813

Distance from campus: 1 hr 

Rating: 4.5/5 

Pros: beautiful views, very clean, in a great area

Cons: slightly far from campus, parking is limited so go early to guarantee a spot

Scarborough state beach

Address: 970 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882

Distance from campus: 40 mins 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pros: big, no need to be quiet

Cons: far from campus

Narragansett beach 

Address: 77 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI, 02882

Distance from campus: 40 mins

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pros: in the heart of Narragansett (I highly recommend making a day of it!), close to Monahan's clam shack 

Cons: can be hard to find parking depending on how busy it is; sand is a bit rocky

Buttonwood Beach

Address: 885 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI, 02889

Distance from campus: 20 mins

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pros: beach area is very clean, beautiful views

Cons: very small