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There are three things Newport is known for: The Newport Mansions, top-notch sailing, and seemingly endless beaches. Unlike the rocky shores that typically grace much of Rhode Island — and New England — Newport beaches are lined with soft sand and some of them even have calm waves, great for families with young kids.
While each beach has its own unique personality, our Forbes Travel Guide editors chose the top three in Newport — pick the one that best suits your needs best and hit the sand:
1. Easton’s Beach. The most popular beach in Newport, Easton’s Beach (also known as First Beach) is located at the start of the Newport Cliff Walk. You’ll find loads of activities here, including carnivals, a carousel, snack bars, beach volleyball, picnic pavilions, a skateboard park and a playground. This beach is frequented by all travel types, from college kids to families, thanks to its extended offerings.
2. Sachuest Beach. Located just a few miles from Easton’s Beach, Sachuest Beach (also known as Second Beach), is a bit more peaceful than Easton’s and is a favorite of surfers. The waves here are stronger than elsewhere in Newport, so if you’re looking to hang ten, this is the beach for you.
3. Third Beach. The smallest of the three most popular Newport beaches, Third Beach is known for its peaceful water and relaxing atmosphere. Families like it here because the water is calm, but you’ll also find couples and solo sun seekers due to its secluded and quiet location.