Second Beach in Middletown, RI

Sachuest Beach, also known as Second Beach, is consistently ranked among the Top 10 beaches in New England. We decided to check it out during the heat wave this week, as it might before another beach day. This beach definitely held up its’ reputation. Scenic, clean beach which was relatively uncrowded. The views of the houses along the coast were gorgeous!

Scenic views at Second Beach in Middletown, RI

Second Beach in Middletown, RI

I was surprised at how warm the water was at this beach. I expected the New England waters to be  too cold to swim in this early in the summer season, but this wasn’t the case! Plenty of people (myself included) were swimming and/or surfing in the warmer waters.

Beachgoers at Second Beach in Middletown, RI


*Beautiful views
*Clean white sand. Also great for collecting shells!

Second Beach in Middletown, RI
*Rinsing stations so you don’t drag sand into your car
*Snack stand and Del’s Lemonade on site
*Quiet and peaceful – no noisy or obnoxious beach goers

Seagull at Second Beach in Middletown, RI
*Nice waves – lots of surfers out

Nice waves at Second Beach in Middletown, RI

*Located a short drive away from Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge (Highly recommended!) There are 2 great nature hikes here with fabulous views!
*Close to Newport, Rhode Island (about a 10 minute drive) Drive over to Newport before or after for plenty of lunch and dinner options, many on the waterfront
*Close to the Newport Mansions and CliffWalk attractions


*Parking is $20 on weekends (Go on the weekdays for 1/2 price parking) Tip: Parking is free before 8:30am or after 4:00pm.
*I didn’t notice any changing stations – not good if you want to change out of your beach wear and go somewhere else
*Only Porta Potties on site
*Red Tide seen in the water. Red Tide is a harmful algal bloom, which means there is a high concentration of a microscopic alga (plantlike organism) in the waters.

Address: 474 Sachuest Point Rd Middletown, RI 02842
Amenities: Restrooms, snack stand, outdoor showers, bike racks, leashed pets allowed from 5:00pm – 7:45am

Second Beach - Middletown, RI