Misquamicut Beach Rhode Island is actually comprised of several beaches that stretch for more than seven miles from Napatree Point and the mouth of Little Narragansett Bay on the border with Connecticut to the little community of Weekapaug. The beaches here in the most western portion of the state are very popular with Connecticut residents, since virtually all of the Connecticut beaches face Long Island Sound and Misquamicut Beach is less than a mile from the border. As a result of this, they do not have the best sand, waves, surf, or spectacular views. Misquamicut State Beach is a half-mile length of state-owned public area located right in the center of the seven-mile-long Misquamicut Beach Rhode Island stretch. It adjoins the Westerly Town Beach, which is a very small beach that is also quite popular.
For a beach near Westerly Rhode Island this is where you want to be, especially since you'll be near the Westerly airport (the TF Green Airport) that has very convenient commuter service to Boston, Cape Cod, Block Island, and Newport.
Misquamicut Beach vacations place you near numerous attractions and things to do in the region—from golfing and fishing to scenic coastal cruises. Additionally, there is a wide variety of Misquamicut beach lodging available, including camping, luxury resorts, and charming bed and breakfast inns. One of the most unique is Paddy's, set right on the soft sand, with little fenced in "backyards" providing a safe place for children to build sand castles before the whole family goes down to the water. There is an amusement park with a lovely hand-carved antique carousel and plenty of other rides to keep children of all ages occupied. Children will also enjoy Misquamicut Beach vacations with the free big screen movies right on the beach and weekly hermit crab races. Antique car enthusiasts will enjoy the weekly Classic Car Show every Thursday evening during the summer.
The Misquamicut State Beach section of this long stretch of sand is very accessible to the public, with plenty of facilities, including parking for almost 3,000 vehicles. It was acquired by the state specifically to rejuvenate the area devastated in the famous 1954 hurricane that played an important part in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts history. The beach bathing pavilion is a complex designed to look like its own village and includes a bathhouse with coin operated showers, restrooms, gift shop, several gazebos for shade, and free outdoor cold shower facilities. This part of Misquamicut Beach Rhode Island has a very wide sandy area that makes it excellent for families with children; and there is good surf for boogie boarding. There are also plenty of beach gear and food concessions, with dining that runs the gamut from fresh New England seafood to gourmet cuisine and pizza joints.
There is excellent nightlife in the Misquamicut State Beach area, with numerous nightclubs and discos, performance arts and theater groups, and other special shows. If you want your Misquamicut Beach vacations to coincide with special events, you may want to consider the July Music Festival with nationally known headliners and a grand fireworks display as the finale.