So you’ve got a day to spend in Newport and a couple of beach towels in tow, where to next? While Newport is well-equipped with sand, waves, and water, visitors aren’t always sure which beach to choose. Hopefully this will help.
Go to First Beach (Easton’s Beach) if…
You want to catch some sun, eat, drink, and ride a carousel.
Easton’s Beach, or first beach as many locals refer to it, is located at the base of cliff walk and only a mile from the inn so walking or biking is an option. This centrally located beach has a little bit of everything making it a popular choice for tourists and locals who want to spend a lively day outdoors. There’s a carousel and kids playground if you’re coming with younger ones, a skate park and volleyball for the adventurous, and ABC (the Atlantic Beach Club) is just a stone’s throw from the beach offering live music on the patio and your favorite adult beverages. First beach is $10 to park during the week and $20 on weekends.
Go to Second Beach (Sachuest Beach) if…
You want to surf the waves, see amazing castle building, or get away from the crowds at First.
If you want a big beach experience with a little more privacy than first beach many locals go to second. This 1.25 mile beach is popular with surfers and fun-loving swimmers because of the big waves and generally clear water. Bring some bucks; a concession stand is smack in the middle of the beach and the Del’s truck is ready with your favorite cool drink. Walk the beach in the evening and you’ll likely find kite enthusiasts showing off their talent and towering sand castles left over from the day’s beach-going masterminds . If you have time before the beach take a walk on the trails at Sachuest Point, located just beyond the dunes of Second. Second Beach is about a five-minute drive from the inn, located in Middletown and is $10 to park during the week and $20 on weekends.
Go to Third Beach if…
You want to Stand up paddle, practice yoga, or take your boat out on the water.
The smallest of the Island beaches, this little treasure is for those who are looking for calm waters to swim, paddle board, or take out the boat. If you’re coming with kids, bring your bucket and shovel; a small cove gives little hands the chance to dig for sand crabs and wade in the water. Beach yoga is offered Tuesday evenings for a donation. There is no concession stand at this Middletown beach and parking is $10 on weekdays and $20 on the weekends.
Go to Gooseberry Beach if…
You want to see what everyone is talking about.
Tucked away along scenic Ocean Drive, Goosberry Beach is popular among locals for its private beach feel, Newporty views, accessibility, and unique concession options. Gooseberry is one of the lesser talked about beaches but is open to the public from 9-5 and provides a cove-like, soft sand, calm water experience to visitors looking for a relaxing day at the beach. If you like to bike, take yourself to Gooseberry and soak up some spectacular views of Newport houses on the way. Parking is $15 during the week and $20 on the weekend.
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