This vibrant sandy strip of Westerly has some of the most popular beaches in Rhode Island, and it’s easy to see why.
Traditionally, Misquamicut has been one of the only places in South County where servers bring you lunch, complete with cocktails, while you’re actually on the beach. Paddy’s Beach Club (159 Atlantic Ave.) has lounge chairs available on their private beach area, as well as several outdoor bars. You can walk straight off the sand, have lunch, and hear some live music in the afternoon at The Andrea (89 Atlantic Ave). The Windjammer Surf Bar (321 Atlantic Ave.), celebrating 100 years, offers live music and sweeping ocean views. The Pleasant View Inn (65 Atlantic Ave.) is a beachfront resort with a private beach and on-site restaurant. The Hotel Maria (132 Atlantic Ave.), the beach town’s newest boutique hotel, is just steps off the beach and serves Mediterranean-inspired seafood at Maria’s Seaside Cafe.
From Misquamicut State Beach, head east on Atlantic Avenue to discover the scenic beauty of the Winnapaug and Quonochontaug salt ponds, each opening to the Atlantic Ocean via a breachway lined with rock jetties. A couple of turns later, find the rustic grandeur of the Weekapaug Inn (25 Spray Rock Rd.), a coastal boutique hotel.
Atlantic Beach Park (321 Atlantic Ave.) is an oceanfront family center, offering carnival-style rides and a 100-year-old carousel. Bayview Fun Park (330 Atlantic Ave.) is a destination with batting cages, bumper boats, mini golf, and go-karts. Friday night (and Thursday and Saturday come July and August) brings the Misquamicut Drive-In (316 Atlantic Ave.) to the beach, featuring classic movies under the stars.
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