This tucked-away South Kingstown village is where you’re most likely to find locals enjoying beachfront restaurants and live entertainment all day and night.
Along Matunuck Beach Road, you’ll find just about everything you need for a breezy seaside fun. Looking for souvenirs? Head to SeaView’s Matunuck Tees (682 Matunuck Beach Rd.), part of SeaView Marketplace, a local fave for grabbing lunch – including SeaView Sandwiches – to bring to the beach. For farm-to-table goods and garden center products, stop at Carpenter’s Farm (522 Matunuck Beach Rd.). And of course, Matunuck Surf Shop (920 Matunuck Beach Rd.) is a must if you plan to hit the waves. Next door, discover the Shaun Rock Art Gallery.
Matunuck Oyster Bar (629 Succotash Rd.) is on the short list of must-try restaurants, not just for its preparations of fresh, local fish, but also because owner Perry Raso raises his own Matunuck Oysters, available from the always-packed raw bar, and grows his vegetables at Matunuck Vegetable Farm. Across the street, Cap’n Jack’s (706 Succotash Rd.) – along with its sister restaurant Salt Marsh Pub and Raw Bar – serves up traditional New England fare, and has an attached bakery that’s impossible to resist. Bring your own wine to Jim’s Dock (1175 Succotash Rd.), where you can pick your own lobster and eat it on picnic tables on an actual fishing dock. Daddy’s Bread (805 Moonstone Beach Rd.) is a hidden bakery where you’ll never see a baker. Choose from baked-daily loaves like Parmesan Dill Garlic, known as the “PDG” or Apple Cinnamon, leave your cash in the honor system till, and just try to make it back to your car before you tear into them. The Ocean Mist (895 Matunuck Beach Rd.) is the quintessential beach bar: great pub fare, cold beers, and easygoing patrons. By day, the O Mist is a family-friendly restaurant; by night, it’s the place to be when you’re coming straight off the beach and need refreshment. Next door, The Pub has traditional Irish food, as well as several decks, beach access, and lots of live music; across the street is Matunuck Pizza Pie Co. (920 Matunuck Beach Rd). Looking for ice cream? The Vanilla Bean (757 Matunuck Beach Rd.) is a summer staple.
Trustom Pond is a great place for a walk or small hike; locals also traverse Succotash Road, despite there being no paved walkways, which is surrounded by marshes.
Matunuck is renowned as a quality spot for surfing (check for daily reports at Surfline.com). Not quite a beach day? Take the kids to Brousseau Park (208 Succotash Rd.), which has baseball and soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, a small playground, basketball court, and parking.
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