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7 Beautiful Dog-Friendly Beaches in Rhode Island (2023 Update)


Feb 15, 2023
Dog in the beach


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Dog in the beach

Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the US but with more than 400 miles of coastline, there are plenty of sandy beaches to be enjoyed by visitors and, in some cases, their dogs. However, not all beaches allow dogs at all times of the year, and it is always worth checking before you visit, to avoid being asked to leave or finding that you have to locate another beach to take a much-needed walk.

Below, we have found seven dog-friendly beaches in Rhode Island, including, where the information is available, the times when dogs are permitted.


The 7 Dog-Friendly Beaches in Rhode Island

1. Compass Rose Beach

  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach
  • Parking available
  • Picnic area next to the car park
  • Quiet in winter, plenty of dogs in summer

2. Easton’s Beach

  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach out of season
  • No dogs permitted between Memorial Day and September 30th
  • On-site parking

3. Mohegan Bluffs

  • Leashed dogs are welcome all year
  • Incredible views along the bluffs
  • Staircase access to the beach

4. Block Island State Beach

  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach all year round
  • Parking available
  • Clean beach
  • Quieter than some other Block Island beaches

5. Sachuest Beach

  • Mile-long, family-friendly beach
  • Leashed dogs welcome all day off-season
  • Leashed dogs welcome between 05:00 and 07:45 only between Memorial Day and Labor Day

6. Sandy Point Beach

🗺️ Address: 📍 Portsmouth, RI 02871
🕐 Open Times: 24 hours
💲 Cost: Varies
🐕 Off-Leash: No
  • Dogs are welcome after 17:00
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash
  • Residents can visit for free

7. Charlestown Beach

  • Leashed dogs permitted out of season
  • On-site restrooms



Some of the beaches in Rhode Island have lifeguards during the season and do attract a cost to visit, but some also offer free access to local residents. The popularity of the beaches, as well as their amenities, also means that dogs may be restricted during the summer months but free to visit off-season. None of the beaches we have seen allow dogs to roam off-leash and all require that dogs be kept on a leash, and owners should always clean up after their dogs.

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