About Narragansett Beach

Narragansett offers more room to breathe than those surf spots just up the coast in Newport. There are more peaks that are more spread out, but the nearby University of Rhode Island, as well as neighboring Massachusetts, keeps the lineup healthily filled year-round. Newport surfers also cross the bridge to Narragansett to escape pesky winds that leave nearby breaks tattered and less inviting. Although there is a plethora of spots to choose from, you're limited to Narragansett Town Beach -- along with the rest of the population -- if there's no real swell.

Beach access is easy but expensive during the summer when the beach is officially open. While there is limited close and free street parking, the town beach charges not just for parking but for beach entry as well. Fences and security people ensure that gatecrashers will not be enjoying a free surf between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m, seven days a week.

A favorite for beginners and longboarders, Narragansett Town Beach actually lacks shape and normally closes out, so more advanced surfers won't find it that appetizing. But it's the only place to go when the surf is small, which is pretty much the entire summer. Coupled with the steep parking rates, a crowded, sloppy session might not be an expense you'd like to incur. Unfortunately, if you really want to surf, you have no choice.

Source: Narragansett Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Mostly a beginner wave.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Heavy in summer/fall, lighter in winter.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Mostly not a high-quality wave.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Usually pretty mellow.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information




Easy, but you pay to park and enter the beach in summer.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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