Narragansett Travel Guide

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A beautiful peaceful scene from Narragansett in October, 2005

A beautiful peaceful scene from Narragansett in October, 2005

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With the four best beaches in Rhode Island, Narragansett is a true tourist town. Located on the southern coast of Rhode Island, you'll find restaurants, shops, golf courses, and boat rentals abound. Remember to be careful though, these many alluring attractions come at a rather high cost.

Things To Do

Visiting any of the State Beaches is a fun way to spend the day. $6 USD per car is the resident's entrance rate, while non residents pay $12. On weekends prices increase to $7 and $14 respectively, so it's best to go during the work week. The Roger Wheeler State Beach is perfect for families; safety and cleanliness are top priorities here. Smoking is not permitted and neither are dogs. Salty Brine State Beach is nice, too, with calm waters and great fishing spots. It provides parking, restrooms, great swimming and fishing, and observation decks. Scarborough State Beach probably has the best amenities including restrooms, hot showers, gazebos, picnic tables, and concessions. The water is clear, but the surf can be heavy.

There's more to Narragansett than the beach, though. Take a harbor tour or a sunset cruise with Southland River Boat Cruises. Fishermen's Memorial State Park has tennis courts, playgrounds, and camping sites. The Pinecrest Golf Course, Golf Ball Inc., and Rosehill RI Golf Courses are all there for your entertainment, as well.

Accommodations

You won't find many "normal" hotels here. Most places to stay are either vacation rentals or Bed and Breakfasts at about $150-$250 per night with breakfast included. If you're coming as a family, know that some places prefer only adults. Ocean State Rentals or HomeAway Vacation Rentals can help you to find a suitible house to stay in. Bed and Breakfasts are usually Victorian in style and atmosphere. Some excellent choices are Shells by the Sea, Brock's Beach Bungalow, and La Cappella.

Food

Narragansett has a surprisingly varied collection of restaurants. Mediterranean, Near East, and French food are just a few of your options. There are also some places  specifically for breakfast and other places specifically for fresh seafood caught locally. If you want elegance and style, try Basils of Narragansett; it has French Continental Cuisine and an award winning wine list. If it's breakfast you're craving, go immediately to the Bluebird Cafe, voted "Best Breakfast Place" in 2005. Open for over seven decades, the seafood of Aunt Carrie's will still knock your socks off. It is one restaurant you must pay a visit to.

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