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11 Outstanding Dog-Friendly Beaches in Rhode Island in 2023

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

labrador retriever dog at the beach

Rhode Island isn’t the most dog-friendly place to visit. However, it does have many dog-friendly beaches. These are spread across the coast, though many are centered in North Kingstown. We recommend researching beaches before you plan your visit if you want to bring your dog with you, as there are not dog-friendly beaches everywhere.

Below, we’ve listed several of our favorite dog-friendly beaches. However, be sure to check the local laws before. Regulations against dogs may appear to protect wildlife during certain times. Therefore, be sure to always double-check before heading to the beach.

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The 11 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Rhode Island

1. Compass Rose Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍1542-1598 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, RI 02852
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

The Compass Rose Beach is one of the four beaches in the area that welcomes dogs during most parts of the year. Dogs must be leashed, but they are welcome to accompany you onto the sand. Picnic tables are available near the parking lot, making this a decent option for those wanting to make a whole day trip out of it.

Often, this beach isn’t crowded. It tends to be laidback and populated primarily by other dog people. Therefore, it is an excellent option for those who want to let their dog explore the beach for a bit.

2. Mohegan Bluffs

🗺️ Address:  📍121 Mohegan Trail, New Shoreham, RI 02807
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

Out of all the dog-friendly beaches in Rhode Island, this one often gets the highest ratings. To access it, you’ll need to walk along the Block Island Heritage Trail, which is also dog-friendly. This trail leads you to the Mohegan Bluffs, which stand about 200 feet above the sea and stretch for nearly three miles. A staircase is built into the rocks to allow access to the beach below.

You will need to keep your dog leashed at all times.

Because there is a bit of a hiking trail to reach the beach, this area tends to have fewer families. Instead, it is mostly populated by hikers and those with dogs. It tends to be relatively quiet, and there is usually lots of beach space to play. However, the beach is rocky, so it isn’t the best swimming area.

3. Napatree Point Conservation Area

🗺️ Address:  📍Fort Rd, Westerly, RI 02891
🕐 Open Times: Anytime except 8 AM to 6 PM on May 2nd through Labor Day
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

Dogs are welcome on this beach during specific periods. They are not allowed between May 2 and Labor Day from 8 AM to 6 PM. However, during all other times, they are allowed when kept on a leash.

There are several roped-off areas where dogs (and people) are not allowed. Usually, these areas are home to endangered species that the area is trying to protect. However, occasionally, it is because of hazards.

This beach has miles of sand, and it is usually not busy. It is an excellent option for a walk on the beach and is often frequented by dog walkers.

With that said, there are not that many trashcans, which can be an issue when disposing of your dog’s waste. Furthermore, you also have to park a decent way away from the beach. In the summer, the pavement leading up to the trail can be hot.

4. Blue Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍211 Circuit Dr, North Kingstown, RI 02852
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: Yes, off-trail

This is another popular dog-friendly beach in Kingstown. It is perfect for dogs that like to swim, as there are minimal waves and a very milk current (most of the time, of course). There is a short ½ mile trail that leads you from the parking lot to the beach, so be prepared for a small amount of walking. Dogs must be leashed on the trail to prevent them from going off-trail.

This beach tends to be pretty secluded and is mostly populated by dog owners. Therefore, it is one of the better dog-friendly beaches to visit.

5. Point Judith Camp Cronin Fishing Access

🗺️ Address:  📍Narragansett, RI 02882
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

This beach is a bit different from the others on this list, as it mostly functions as a fishing spot. There is a secluded beach where you can sit with your pooch, as well as plenty of room for a dog walk. You can even see the Point Judith Lighthouse.

Of course, don’t expect a long, sandy beach here. It isn’t typically very populated except by those using the fishing access. Therefore, it is usually a very quiet spot.

6. Sachuset Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍315 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown, RI 02842
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset off-season; 5 AM to 7:45 AM on-season
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

This beach is technically dog-friendly, but only during certain times of the year. From May 1st to September 30th, dogs are only allowed from 5 AM to 7:45 AM. However, during the off-season, you can take your dog to visit at any time. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Furthermore, there are some portions of the beach under the control of the National Wildlife Refuge. These areas are not dog-friendly, as they are home to endangered wildlife.

During the off-season, these beaches are pretty quiet. However, some areas are busier than others. The beach is wide and has a low tide. Dog leash laws are heavily enforced.

7. Block Island Beaches

🗺️ Address:  📍New Shoreham
🕐 Open Times: Varies
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

Block Island has dog-friendly beaches year-round, making it one of the better places to visit with your pooch. The beach is wide and long, allowing plenty of room to visit with your canine. There are often plenty of places to hang out with your dog, though the summer months can get crowded.

There are several beaches across this little island, but they all follow the same dog laws. Crescent Beach has a concession stand, showers, and a restroom. It depends to be one of the most popular. You can even rent umbrellas, chairs, and other beach-going equipment.

Mansion beach is more secluded. However, it has very large waves, so it isn’t best for swimming. On the other hand, Scotch Beach provides lots of open sand and lower waves. Therefore, we recommend it for dog walks and swimming.

8. Narragansett Town Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍39 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
🕐 Open Times: September 16 to May 14
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

The town beach in Narragansett is open to dogs on leash from September 16 to May 14. During the summer months, dogs are not allowed on the beach at all. Therefore, we recommend visiting during the fall, winter, or spring.

Leash laws are heavily enforced, and waste must be cleaned up promptly. These laws are typical for most beaches, though.

9. Charlestown Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍Charlestown, RI 02813
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

While this beach does require dogs to be on leashes at all times, it is a laid-back place to take your beach. However, compared to others on this list, this beach is pretty popular. Therefore, we recommend it for those looking for a premium beach experience (who don’t mind a bit of a crowd).

You can watch sailboats and play with your dog on the beach. The beach seems most popular around sunset, so you may want to go earlier in the day if you want to skip the crowd.

10. Easton’s Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

If you don’t mind a bit of a rockier beach, you may like Easton’s Beach. This beach is a bit like a cliff, but it isn’t nearly as steep as most cliff-side beaches. Therefore, it works well for those that want to swim or bask in the sun. It is pretty long, so it works well for dog walks, too.

The waves are known for being a bit larger, though, so this isn’t necessarily the best place for swimming. You may want to beware of the sharp rocks, too, as they can injure your pet’s paws.

However, this is one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. Therefore, if you want to vacation in this area, this may be your only option.

11. Fred Benson Town Beach

🗺️ Address:  📍7 Corn Neck Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807
🕐 Open Times: Sunrise to Sunset
💲 Cost: Free
🐕 Off-Leash: No

This beach is located on Block Island, which is well-known for its popular dog beaches. There isn’t a better place to vacation with your dog in Rhode Island simply because of all the dog-friendly beaches you can visit.

This one often goes by State Beach and is one of the most popular options. This beach is easy to access and has pet-friendly policies. You can visit it with your pooch at any time of the year. The beach is rather broad, so there is plenty of room for you to run around with your canine. The slope is also very slow, making it easier to enter the water if your dog pleases.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed to disturb nesting seabirds (hence the need for a leash). You must also stay within the beach’s boundaries, as other beaches may have different policies.

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There are many dog-friendly beaches in Rhode Island. However, you do have to know where you’re going. Many beaches are not dog-friendly. Many beaches also only allow dogs during the off-season—or very early or late hours during the summer. Therefore, we highly recommend knowing the local regulations before you head out. They do often change throughout the year.

Furthermore, beaches often require that dogs remain on leashes. There are very few that allow off-leash romping. Often, this is to ensure that the dogs stay under control.

Cleaning up after your dog is vital and often required by law. Many dog-friendly beaches provide bags, but you should never assume that they will.


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