Less than 2 miles from Misquamicut in Rhode Island’s westernmost town of Westerly is the village of Westerly. Far less crowded and ten times less ridiculous than Misquamicut, the people that go to Watch Hill Beach are mostly people who have summer Victorian homes in the neighborhood and as you might expect, parking at the beach is resident only so you’ll have to find a private lot or score a street spot. If you have little kids with you, definitely take them on the Flying Horse Carousel and consider the little beach right next to it. While the entry fee of $8 per adult and $2 per child may seem steep, this it the beach where your little ones will be happiest due to the lack of waves and the plentiful climbing rocks. Plus, there’s a lifeguard on duty to give you additional peace of mind.
However, if you are baby or toddler free, don’t stop here. If nothing else, walk up the hill from the carousel and down the path for some true coastside beauty. Also consider the coastal walk out to Napatree Point which allows you to truly get away from it all. A walk through the dunes in this area provides opportunities for bird watching and daydreaming of life in a seaside mansion.
Parking Fees: Around $20