The Perfect Summer Vacation Destination
South County, Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s South County shoreline is made up of a string of summer colonies that offer miles of pristine and private sandy beaches that are both beautiful and quiet.  Less than two hours from Boston, and just over two and one-half hours from Manhattan, you can catch a wave without catching a flight or ferry.  Vacationers from all over the northeast have been visiting this part of the Rhode Island shoreline for generations.  The social scene is low-key, centered around family and friends.  You will find the tennis, golf, boating and fishing to be outstanding!

South County Rhode Island is where summer vacations become family traditions!

South County Summer Colonies

  • Quonochontaug, aka "Quonnie" (Central, East and West Beaches)
  • Charlestown and Green Hill Beaches
  • Shady / Shelter Harbor / Haversham
  • Weekapaug and Watch Hill
  • Narragansett / Jamestown / Little Compton

Central Beach - Quonochontaug Rentals

Summer renters staying in Quonochontaug Central Beach (CBFD) will have passes for private beach parking at the end of Surfside and Ocean View Avenues. The Central Beach community offers a ball field, tennis courts and access to Quonnie Pond.

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East Beach - Quonochontaug Rentals

Cottages in Quonochontaug East Beach will have beach passes for Quonochontaug East Beach Association (QEBA) located at the end of Highland Road, have ocean access across East Beach Road, or have private beach front parking with Sunrise Acres (SACA) Civic Association. The beach is one of the longest stretches of beautiful sandy beach in southern Rhode Island. You may access both coastal salt ponds through various rights of way.

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West Beach - Quonochontaug Rentals

Depending on the cottage you rent, West Beach properties will have access to private West Beach, or you will have a cottage pass to the town beach (Blue Shutters) at the end of East Beach Road.

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Charlestown Beach & Green Hill Beach Rentals

Most cottages in Charlestown Beach and Green Hill Beach are just steps away from the ocean, and have lovely views. Charlestown Breachway, at the end of Charlestown Beach Road, offers access to Charlestown (Ninigret Pond) for launching a boat or fishing. Other rental cottages in the Charlestown Beach, Rhode Island area offer passes to the Town Beach, and may be a short drive away.

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Shady / Shelter Harbors / Haversham

Shady Harbor and Shelter Harbor are communities nestled along Quonochontaug Pond. Both areas offer private parking at Weekapaug Beach. Weekapaug Beach is a short drive away, or can be accessed by boat or canoe by crossing Quonnie Pond. It is a beautiful stretch of barrier beach with Quonnie Pond on its north side. Within both communities there are small beaches on the pond - great for little ones. Shelter Harbor offers a shuttle service to the beach several times during the day. Tennis courts are also available. Haversham is a very private coastal community also nestled along Quonnie Pond with private beach rights at Weekapaug.

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Weekapaug is a graceful summer Rhode Island community. The Weekapaug Fire District features homes with both private oceanfront and salt pond access.  Two miles of undisturbed barrier beach extends beyond the Weekapaug Beach providing solitude and natural beauty for all seasons. Weekapaug is quiet and almost solely residential and is a haven for generations of families and friends.  Private yacht club and tennis club facilities are available. Three golf clubs are nearby.

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Watch Hill

Perched on Rhode Island’s southernmost tip, Watch Hill is an affluent coastal village with a beautiful harbor and gorgeous beaches.  Just 2 ½ hours from NYC, Watch Hill offers an irresistible commute from several northeast cities. You will spend most of your hours at the beach and not on a plane, ferry or stuck in traffic.  Watch Hill’s small business district with its restaurants, quaint boutiques, and ice cream shops, is walking distance from the residential neighborhoods and is were you will find “The Flying Horse Carousel” – the oldest operating suspended-horse carousel in the United States.

It is home to Napatree Point, a breath taking, mile-long finger of sand which is a bird sanctuary owned by the Rhode Island Audubon Society.  The sandy paths attract those looking for quiet picturesque walks along the shoreline and a beach where children collect starfish.  The social scene is low-key, centered around family and friends - children are everywhere.  You will find the tennis, golf, boating and fishing to be outstanding!

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Narragansett / Jamestown / Newport / Little Compton

Narragansett has beautiful beaches, s port fishing, and a relaxed atmosphere which contribute to the tourist's enjoyment. Narragansett strives to preserve the pleasure of a resort community with the amenities of year round living. Nicknamed "Gansett", the town occupies a narrow strip of land running along the eastern bank of the Narrow River to the shore of the Narragansett Bay. Matunuck is a village located on a point along the southern Atlantic coast of Rhode Island. The village takes its name from a Native American word meaning "look out". 

Jamestown, a post card perfect island 9 miles long and 1 mile wide sitting in magnificent Narragansett Bay. With one main street and approximately 6000 year round residents, Jamestown exudes a sense of quiet rural character, history, and rich sailing tradition. Visit Fort Wetherill, bike past working farms, including Watson Farm and Windmist Farm, grazing cows and sheep, and windmills or simply revel in the open space and quiet lifestyle.

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