Glance at a map of Rhode Island and you’ll quickly see that this little state has a lot of shoreline. Between the ocean beaches and the sheltered ones, there’s a sandy spot for every taste. Some beaches are best for families with small children, some have a party vibe, and others are known for their surf.
One that usually manages to stay under the radar is East Beach in Charlestown. A three-mile strip of barrier beach, this undeveloped haven is often described with adjectives like “wild” or “untouched.” With few amenities and fewer parking spaces, it’s not for everyone, but it’s loved by many for its white sands and secluded atmosphere. A limited number of campsites are available, and those with proper vehicles - and official permits - are allowed to drive onto the beach.