Beaches, Boating & State Parks

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Charlestown & South County Beaches

Not only is Charlestown home to one of the finest stretches of beaches in Rhode Island, but it is also central to all of the beaches in the Ocean State – including Westerly and Narragansett. If you want to explore the Southern New England coast, Charlestown is the place to go!

State Beaches

East Beach Road, Charlestown, RI

East Beach is a 3-mile long barrier beach on the Atlantic Ocean bordering the Charlestown Ninigret Conservation Area and adjacent to Ninigret Pond. A spectacular seaside treasure, it’s well known for its windsurfing attributes.


Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown, RI

“The Breachway” – with its unique location at the end of Charlestown Beach Road -allows visitors a panoramic view of Block Island Sound, a beautiful barrier beach, a camping area and a prime “spot” for Salt Water Fishing.


Public Beaches

557 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI

Adjacent to Charlestown Breachway, you’ll find fine sand, moderate-heavy surf, and saltwater swimming. New bathroom facility includes cold-water rinsing stations.


469 E Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI

You’ll find a great view with saltwater swimming at this 3-mile-long, family-oriented public beach. Located near Ninigret Conservation Area and Ninigret Pond, it’s also a popular spot for seal releases. 


27 West End Rd, Charlestown, RI 

This saltwater pond is connected directly to the ocean via Quonochontaug Breachway. Called “Quonnie” by locals, it is also a popular fishing and boating area.


Little Nini Pond in Charlestown Rhode Island

5 Park Lane, Charlestown, RI

Located in Ninigret Park, Little Nini Pond is a small beachfront, making it a great place for families to take a dip during the hot summer. 


Other Nearby Beaches

Bay Street, Westerly, RI

Napatree Point Conservation Area juts out from the Watch Hill area and is a wonderful place for a stunningly beautiful beach stroll or for great bird watching.  


Bay Street, Westerly, RI

This small beach is popular with families. It lies behind the antique Flying Horse Carousel in the heart of Watch Hill.


Boston Neck Road, Narragansett, RI 

Narragansett Town Beach is a classic New England saltwater coastal beachfront that offers some of the best, cleanest and accessible conditions for residents and tourists in New England.


Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown, RI 

This beach features a boardwalk, 1,300 linear feet of sand, a playground, two picnic areas, a parking area, and has a seasonally available pavilion.


scarborough beach rhode island

Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI

People of all ages will find activities of interest from sunbathing on Scarborough’s sandy beach and people watching on its boardwalk to picnicking under shaded shelters and saltwater swimming in one of Rhode Island’s most popular spots.


Salty Brine State Beach Narragansett

254 Great Road, Narragansett, RI 

Also known as Galilee Beach, this tiny beach is set close to the busy Galilee docks and several seafood restaurants. Sitting inside the 3-mile long sea wall, and protected from the surf it is ideal for children. 


Misquamicut Beach westerly rhode island

27 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI 

One of the largest beaches in the state. It generally has modest surf and good sand with a gradual drop-off. Features an array of activities for the entire family.


East Matunuck State Beach (1)

950 Succotash Rd, So.Kingstown, RI

Noted for its strong surf, this beach sports a futuristic pavilion and a huge parking lot. Boats entering and leaving the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge are clearly visible.


Roger Wheeler State Beach (Sand Hill Cove)

100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI

Also known as Sand Hill Cove Beach, this popular beach has fine white sand, calm water, and a very slight drop-off. There is a playground area, picnic tables, bathhouse and lots of parking. 


Sail Away

Boating & Kayaking

Charlestown is a haven for boaters and kayakers alike. You can find launch sites at:

  • Ninigret Park
  • Shelter Cove Marina, Charlestown
  • Quonochontaug Breachway
  • Charlestown Breachway
  • Watchaug Pond/Burlingame State Park

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Fresh & Salt Water Fishing

Saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities abound in Charlestown. The beaches and unique breachways are situated along the coast of the beautiful Block Island Sound- a well-known location for some of the best saltwater fishing on the East Coast. In the east, the impressive Charlestown Breachway connects Ninigret Pond to the open ocean, and to the west, the Quonochontaug Breachway connects Quonochontaug Pond. These two large salt ponds are teaming with marine life thanks to the clean ocean tides that run in and out of the ponds like clockwork several times each day. Both breachways have public boat launches and parking available. Fishermen have easy access to Charlestown’s barrier beaches, breachways, and salt ponds year-round.

In addition to the variety of saltwater angling opportunities, Charlestown offers many freshwater fishing possibilities as well.  Both the Pawcatuck and Wood Rivers are Class A trout rivers. Watchaug Pond and other freshwater ponds in Charlestown also offer great freshwater fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, trout, perch, pickerel and other species. 

Explore Nature

State & Local Parks

For nature lovers, Charlestown is home to two beautiful and expansive state parks.


The campground is 3,100 acres of rocky woodland that surrounds Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. This spacious campground features over 700 rustic campsites and 20 cabins with conveniently located restrooms with shower facilities, a playground, arcade, freshwater beach, canoe rentals and hiking trails.


Located on the east side of “the Breachway” is a camping area for self-contained RVs, a state beach, some of the best saltwater fishing in South County and a panoramic view of Block Island Sound.


The park features several attractions for the family including eight public tennis courts a 9/10 mile bicycle course, 18-hole disc golf course, senior community center, dog park, Kimball Pavillion and Little Nini Pond.


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