One of the best family Rhode Island beach resorts is set on right on Misqaumicut Beach. Paddy's is both one of the most popular dining and special events spots in South County as well as a Rhode Island beachfront resort with some unique features. It has a little something for just about everyone. It's constructed like a motel, but located right on the beach. Each room has a private back deck right on the beach with a fenced in sandy area, creating a safe place for children to play at the beach. And it's also a happening night spot.
The greatest number of the most luxurious beach resorts in Rhode Island will usually be found in Newport. These are also generally more expensive, but several of them offer a wide variety of facilities and amenities to pamper you, such as full-service spas and venues for elegant weddings. Location, location, location is what it's all about in Newport, and the best locations for spectacular views and proximity to the most popular attractions comes at a premium. The Wellington Resort is one of these. It is within walking distance of the vibrant downtown area and has incredible views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport waterfront. This Rhode Island beachfront resort is an all-suite resort. Each suite has two bedrooms and sleeps as many as six.
The beautiful Cliffside Inn in Newport is a bed and breakfast type inn that has been consistently rated one of the top Rhode Island beach resorts year after year. It is also full of history, as it's located in the former home of celebrated artist Beatrice Turner and decorated with many of her priceless works of art. All rooms and suites boast at least one fireplace, and the inn serves a fabulous breakfast as well as a legendary traditional afternoon high tea. You can walk to the famous Newport Cliff Walk and the opulent mansions. You also can walk to nearby Easton's (First Beach) and Sachuest (Second Beach).
More beach resorts in Rhode Island will be found around Point Judith, near the lighthouses that played such an integral part in the state's maritime heritage, and with easy access to the Block Island ferry. There are several properties along the coast here, including some near the golfing venues. Rhode Island beach resorts are, in fact, everywhere along the coast. They may not always be directly on the beaches, but all are within short walking distance.
For a completely different type of Rhode Island beachfront resort, you may find yourself not on the ocean at all. Inland from Charlestown Beach (that is on the ocean) is Burlingame State Park, a more that 3,000-acre woodland preserve with a large fishing pond that also has a sizable swimming beach. Your beachfront resort accommodations here will consist of a rustic cabin, a romantic yurt, or your own camping tent. But the park has all the facilities one might expect of a great outdoors resort. There are hiking trails, a playground, a game arcade, fishing boat ramp, and canoe rentals. Similar beach resorts in Rhode Island will be found even further inland north of Providence and Pawtucket and around the Woonsocket area in the beautiful Blackstone River Valley. Here you can take tours of famous Slater Mill and the other museums and mills in the valley. Your beachfront accommodations might be on a large pond or along the river.