Every summer I vacation with my core and extended family (which is around 20 people now). For the past few years, we’ve been renting a large house in Narragansett, Rhode Island, right along the northern end of Scarborough Beach.
Rhode Island is also great because it allowed me to destress after a busy summer. Everything seems less imminent when you’re just watching the tide roll in, or a cousin’s son play in the sand. It almost makes me believe that I can handle all of the huge life choices I’ll have to inevitably make down the road (graduate school, starting a career, how many dogs I should adopt when I’m living on my own (all of the dogs (every single dog)))
One of the reasons we choose to return to Rhode Island, and Narragansett in particular, is because of the beaches. Rhode Island is home to some of the most beautiful, and well kept public beaches that I've seen in the northeast . For instance, Scarborough Beach has a massive expanse of easily-accessible parking for visitors, a clean indoor bathroom facility, a snack bar, and lifeguarding services. And these features aren’t exclusive to Scarborough, nearly every Rhode Island beach incorporates these.
I’m especially impressed with the parking lots and the maintenance of the beaches. The lots are big enough to hold everyone necessary, while still being within sight of the beach entrances. Sometimes when visiting the beach, you have to walk quite a ways from where you parked to the actual beach, but not in here. Everything is very conveniently located.
Secondly, the beach maintenance is unlike any other. The beaches are clean of trash and debris. Large waves create beautiful landscapes and add character to the beaches, and there’s always room for more people to pile down and enjoy a fun-filled day.
I would recommend anyone visit Narragansett. There are movie complexes and restaurants and shops just like anywhere else you could vacation, but the beaches and scenery are really one-of-a-kind.
Places we've gone, things we've seen, stories worth telling