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WHEN YOU GO : South County, RI

WHEN YOU GO : South County, RI
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by in Jul 2011

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

WESTERLY BEACHES

MISQUAMICUT BEACH. Seven miles of family fun, with water slides, carousel, free Tuesday movies, concerts, and bonfires. riparks.com/misquamicut.htm, misquamicut.org, atlanticbeachpark.com

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

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SHELTER HARBOR INN. Comfy 19th-century converted farmhouse with rights to a private stretch of sand on Weekapaug Beach. 800-468-8883, 401-322-8883; shelterharborinn.com

CHARLESTOWN BEACHES

QUONOCHONTAUG. A.k.a. “Quonnie,” an undeveloped, privately owned barrier beach. Trails allow public access at specified times. crmc.ri.gov

NINIGRET CONSERVATION AREA/EAST BEACH. East of Blue Shutters Town Beach, pick your parking lot and find a patch of sand. charlestownri.org

CHARLESTOWN BREACHWAY. Fishermen cast off here, at this beautiful channel between the ocean and Ninigret Pond. riparks.com/charlesbreach.htm

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