WHEN YOU GO : South County, RI
Here’s a sampling of South County beaches and activities, west to east. For fees, seasonal schedules, and other details, visit park and venue Web sites, listed below.
For upcoming events and lodging: southcountyri.com
WATCH HILL BEACHES(a village of Westerly)
NAPATREE POINT CONSERVATION AREA. Hidden like a secret, with two miles of beach, plus meandering trails and birding. thewatchhillconservancy.org/
EAST BEACH. Brilliant and expansive, with views of Watch Hill Lighthouse. watchhilleba.org
FLYING HORSE CAROUSEL. At Watch Hill Beach, a vintage herd of tiny horses dangling on chains; costs a pittance to fly. 401-348-6007; visitwatchhill.com
THE BOOK & TACKLE SHOP. The smell of 50,000 old volumes mingles with the sea. 401-315-2424; bookandtackle.com
COMINA. Beautiful beach-themed furnishings and accessories. 401-315-0335; comina.com
OCEAN HOUSE. Sets a high bar for elegance, with expansive views of East Beach. 401-584-7000; oceanhouseri.com
OLYMPIA TEA ROOM. Pull up a seat outside, order up a plate of mussels, and gaze out at the harbor. 401-348-8211; olympiatearoom.com
ST. CLAIR ANNEX. Favorite spot for homemade ice cream and lobster rolls. 401-348-8407
WEEKAPAUG BEACH. Where the sea meets the sky, a private bit of paradise, more accessible if you’re renting a cottage in the off season. weekapaugfoundation.com
Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.