Rhode Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in New England. Although spring isn’t the ideal time to visit due to the cold winds and chilly temperatures, the season does bring a few benefits, namely gorgeous photography opportunities, no parking fees, and no crowds!
This weekend, Mike and I visited 3 beautiful Rhode Island beaches: Gooseberry Beach in Newport, Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, and Teddy’s Beach in Portsmouth. The dark cloudy skies and desolate surroundings left us in awe of the natural beauty. Although freezing cold, we were glad to have the opportunity to visit these beaches without the crazy summer crowds. Take a look below at some of the gorgeous views we captured at each beach.
Gooseberry is one of the numerous beaches found on Newport’s scenic 10 mile Ocean Drive. The beach is primarily used for swimming during the summer months. The sand here is probably the softest I have encountered at any New England beach.This beautiful beach was especially scenic on this overcast day. On a cold April day, there was no one in sight. Gooseberry feels like a private beach, however, it is open to the public for a $20 parking fee. Note: you can park off season on the side streets for free.
Address: 130 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI 02840
Parking Fee: $20 per car
Scarborough State Beach
Scarborough is the top beach to visit during the summer months in Rhode Island. Narragansett is a popular summer destination due to the many beautiful beaches and recreational activities found in the area. Scarborough State Beach is very popular with both tourists and locals due to the smooth sand, nice waves, and well-maintained grounds. However, it tends to get crowded and noisy.
If you visit during the off season you are treated to a stunningly beautiful beach all to yourself. The weather may be cold, however, the views are incredible (especially with no one in the background). Half of the beach has incredibly soft, smooth sand and the other half is a bit more rocky. The beach is perfect for a nice long stroll or jog, especially on a spring or fall day. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the off season with fewer crowds and beautiful photo opportunities.
Address: 970 Ocean Rd. Narragansettt, RI 02882
Parking fee: Weekday rates are $10 per car (residents) and $20 per car (non-residents). Weekend rates are $20 per car (residents) and $28 per car (non-residents).
Unlike the other 2 beaches we visited, Portsmouth’s Teddy’s Beach does not feature smooth sand and ideal swimming conditions. However, it does offer something unique of its’ own: plenty of SeaGlass (old frosted gem like pieces of glass derived from bottles that have been tumbled smooth over the course of time). We found all different types and colors of glass here, including a few cobalt blue and lavender pieces (very rare). We had a great time strolling the beach searching for these beautiful frosted gems. SeaGlass collectors will find plenty of craft and even a few jewelry grade pieces to add to their collection! As a bonus, the beach was very clean and quiet. Views were gorgeous, especially right before a storm.
Address: Park Ave & Point Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Have you ever visited any of these Rhode Island beaches? What are your favorite beaches in the state?