Roll Out Those Lazy, Hazy Beach Days in Newport
The beaches in and around Newport, RI are among New England’s best. From the expansive shoreline at Easton’s Beach (known locally as 1st Beach) to lesser-known enclaves like Reject’s Beach (more on that later), Newport area beaches run the gamut from full-on destinations with carousels, concession stands and concerts to secluded hideaways where the only sound is the gentle lapping of waves at the shore.
“We generally recommend Easton’s Beach,” said Ashley Bergen, guest services representative, Hotel Viking. “It’s walking distance from the hotel, maybe just a bit over a mile, with plenty of places to stop for food along the way.
“Another unique beach is Gooseberry,” Bergen continued. “We call it the ‘romantic beach.’”
Located about 2-1/2 miles from Hotel Viking, Gooseberry Beach gets its reputation as a romantic destination due to its setting; nestled in a cove hugged by a spit of land. While a portion of the beach is private, reserved for members of the Gooseberry Beach Club, there’s a public parking lot and plenty of open space for visitors.
A half-mile from Gooseberry Beach, Bailey’s Beach is the real deal when it comes to private shoreline. Access is restricted to members of the Spouting Rock Beach Association, but fear not: Reject’s Beach (a tongue-in-cheek name for an adjacent strip of sand) is open to the public and, with its west-facing vistas, is a stunning spot to watch the sun set. Although there’s no public parking for Reject’s Beach, access is near the intersection of Coggleshell and Bellevue avenues. Reject’s Beach can also be reached via Newport’s Cliff Walk.
Per Hotel Viking’s Bergen, Easton’s Beach is among Newport’s most popular stretches of sand. With a carousel, seasonal carnivals, a snack bar known for its lobster rolls, a playground and a skateboard park, families find Easton’s particularly friendly.
In nearby Little Compton, RI, Goosewing Beach Preserve is a mecca for nature lovers intent on discovering a truly unique destination. Owned by the Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island, the 75-acre preserve encompasses a coastal pond, a beach and dunes. During the summer, the town of Little Compton manages recreational access to the beach. Entry is via South Shore Beach with fee-for-parking in effect from Memorial Day through Labor Day. An on-site environmental education center, opened in 2010, offers learning opportunities, field trips and events.
Discover Newport, the city’s official visitors’ information center, offers a complete list of Newport beaches including specific information about parking and amenities. With so many gorgeous beaches to choose from, it’s impossible to see them all in one fell swoop, so at checkout, be sure to book a return trip to Hotel Viking and Newport, RI.