Known for: beaches, seafood, clam shacks and nightlife
Good for: families, beach-goers, surfers,young singles, foodies
This is the quintessential New England beach town, with some of the state’s most popular beaches, plenty of beach houses for rent, and a population that swells in the summer.
Located on a narrow strip of land carved out of South Kingstown, Narragansett was incorporated in 1901 and has since become one of Rhode Island’s premier resort towns. The town is almost all coastline, which makes for great beach-going and scenic drives along the water. There is plenty of lodging and plenty more to do and see.
Point Judith is a small cape in Narragansett, and the primary launching point for voyagers to Block Island. The Block Island Ferry runs year-round here, and fast ferry service is offered seasonally. Within Point Judith is the tiny fishing hamlet known as Galilee. The village is home to two state beaches – Roger Wheeler and Salty Brine (which, believe it or not, is named after a person), both of which are shielded by the breakwater that protects Galilee’s harbor – as well as two of the most enduring Rhode Island seafood restaurants: George’s of Galilee and Champlin’s.
Ocean Road, as the name would imply, makes for a great coastline drive through the town, passing Narragansett Town Beach (one of its most popular, especially among the younger set and surfers) underneath the town’s iconic Towers, and running along the shore past Scarborough State Beach, and leading eventually to two legendary clam shacks: Aunt Carrie’s and Iggy’s Doughboys (the latter of which is actually on Point Judith Road).
The area around Town Beach and the Towers is typically a summer hotspot. In addition to Pier Marketplace, a thriving shopping center, there is a small cluster of restaurants, including the classic French fine dining at Basil’s, the hip Trio and Crazy Burger, which has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.