A Southern New England, SE Mass favorite. At eastern Rhode Island Sound and the western mouth of Buzzards Bay, this beach may be the largest, northernmost public beach with the warmest water during mid-summer. With a mild surf you can lounge in waves and body surf a bit. No stores, all beach. Lifeguards. Slight undertow, and a little sea weed never hurt anyone.
Known by the locals and [West] Islanders, this small cresent-shaped gem offers great swimming in calm waters. Swimming best at high tide. If you don't want to drive, then go by boat: at the western heart of Buzzards Bay, facing Falmouth. Take a nature walk, see the estuaries and birds on the uninhabited "back-side of the island". Sunrises on Town Beach; sunsets at the causeway. Find your peace here.
Happiness is - a beach close to downtown Newport. Great swimming!
5. Second Beach - any & all of the beaches in Middletown, Rhode Island
These are the coolest beaches. Nice scenic drives on the way there. Go to any where you can get a parking space. Surf, swim or nature walk. Newport is next door for mansion-hopping, dinner, ice cream, or night life.
Departing from the southern, warm-water, sandy beach theme on this page, picturesque Rockport stands out. Home to: pebble beaches, pounding surf on rock breakers and cliffs, scenic Motif No. 1, lobster restaurants, fishing, and whale-watch cruises. Check out the Rockport beaches link.
"Best Beach in New England for 2012" is Ogunquit Beach in Southeastern Maine, as voted by YANKEE MAGAZINE in their most recent issue (July/August). See Yankee Magazine for pictures. If bringing your dog, checkout the Dolphin Den pet-friendly inn