Newport’s only ocean beach, Easton’s Beach, also called First Beach, is a spacious nearly-1-mile stretch of sand and surf. The city’s longest beach, it draws visitors and locals for swimming, sunning, and strolling the boardwalk. In summer, a 1950s carousel and weekly concerts are popular draws.
On the beach, you can rent beach chairs, cabanas, surfboards, boogie boards, and umbrellas. There’s also a children’s playground for when the kids need a break from the water, and a beach store with souvenirs, beach ware, and accessories. And if hunger pangs set in, head to the Snack Bar for the famous twin lobster rolls. For a break from the sun, the Save The Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium holds some 14 exhibits and more than 140 species of Narragansett Bay sea life.
Easton’s Beach lies along Route 138A, part of Memorial Boulevard. It is adjacent to the western end of the Newport Cliff Walk. The beach has plenty of public facilities including indoor and outdoor showers, lifeguards, picnic areas, restrooms, and sand wheelchairs for persons with disabilities. No dogs are allowed.