Newport, Rhode Island

Among the beaches in Newport, Rhode Island, First Beach, also fondly referred to as Easton's Beach, stands as the largest and perhaps most inviting of them all.

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About This Location

Newport, Rhode Island is a city of enchanting beauty, known for its stunning coastline and picturesque beaches. Among these coastal gems, First Beach, also fondly referred to as Easton's Beach, stands as the largest and perhaps most inviting of them all. With a prime location along Memorial Boulevard at the commencement of Newport's famed Cliff Walk, Easton's Beach extends over nearly a mile of pristine shoreline, adorned with a welcoming boardwalk and captivating views of the Atlantic. This beach encapsulates the quintessential charm of New England's coastal destinations.

Scenic Beauty and Relaxation:

Easton's Beach is a sight to behold, featuring soft, powdery white sands that beckon visitors to take leisurely strolls, bask under the warm sun, or indulge in the simple joy of building sandcastles. The waters lapping at its shore are often calm, clear, and inviting, creating the perfect ambiance for a refreshing swim. During the summer season, attentive lifeguards stand watch, ensuring the safety of beachgoers.

For regular visitors looking for convenience, Easton's Beach offers seasonal bat houses. These charming structures provide a secure place to store beach essentials, just steps away from the shoreline. This thoughtful amenity simplifies your day at the beach and enhances your overall experience.

Culinary Delights and Iconic Snack Bar:

A visit to Easton's Beach is incomplete without savoring the flavors of its iconic snack bar. It's most renowned for being the birthplace of the Original Twin Lobster Roll, a delectable treat that embodies the essence of coastal dining. Beyond the twin lobster roll, the snack bar boasts an array of delightful offerings. Dive into a basket of crispy clam strips, chicken tenders, or classic fish and chips. Or perhaps, you're in the mood for a juicy hamburger, golden French fries, or a refreshing wrap. With seating available on a deck that overlooks the beach, dining at the snack bar is an experience to cherish.

Surf's Up:

Easton's Beach is also a cherished destination for surfers of all ages and skill levels. Its unique location within a protective cove makes it a superb spot for riding the waves. The nearby Island Surf & Sport offers surfing lessons and surfboard rentals during the summer months. What sets Easton's Beach apart is its accessibility to the lineup, the offshore point where surfers gather to catch waves. Paddling to the lineup is more manageable here, thanks to the calm waters at the base of the Cliff Walk, making it an ideal location for beginner surfers.

Off-Season Charms:

The appeal of Easton's Beach transcends the summer season. From October 1 to Memorial Day, it becomes a haven for dog owners as four-legged friends are allowed to roam freely. Unfortunately, during the summer, dogs are not permitted on the beach. The off-season also beckons walkers, photographers, and experienced surfers, providing a serene and less crowded atmosphere for them to enjoy.

Parking and Fees:

For those arriving by car, beach parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Easton's Beach boasts several lots with hundreds of parking spaces to accommodate visitors. During the summer season, cars are charged $15 on weekdays and $25 on weekends and holidays. Seasonal passes are also available, with options for Newport residents at $50 and non-residents at $100 per season. However, during the off-season, from October 1 to Memorial Day, no parking fees are collected, allowing easy access for all.

Easton's Beach, also known as First Beach, is a coastal haven that epitomizes the allure of Newport's waterfront. It's a place where visitors can embrace the sea's tranquility, partake in thrilling water activities, savor delectable coastal fare, and create cherished memories along the New England shore.

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175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, Rhode Island

GPS Coordinates:
41.487694, -71.292083
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Parking Notes:
Hundreds of parking spaces at two lots. In the summer, cars are charged $15 on weekdays and $25 on weekends. During the off-season, no fee is collected.


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