Sandy Point Beach
This shallow, natural beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. The beach is free to town residents with either a current transfer station sticker or a free sticker provided upon proof of residency (car registration with your name and Portsmouth address) by the Town Clerk's Office, 401-683-2101 (available mid-May). Sandy Point Beach is equipped with changing rooms, restroom facilities, and picnic tables. Dogs are not allowed on the beach (see below).
In 2016, the beach will be staffed with lifeguards on weekends only from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning May 21st through the June 24th weekend when it will kick off the summer season and have lifeguards daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through August 21. After that time, the beach will be staffed with lifeguards only on weekends through the end of September if weather permits.
Cost of admission for nonresidents is $10 during the week and $15 on weekends. The Town Clerk's office and the gate offer books of four for $30 and accept cash only.
Sandy Point Beach, in conjunction with our new Recreation Department, is proud to offer youth swimming lessons this summer! Registration is easy this year with PayPal! The lessons are for children ages 5-10 and group size is limited to a maximum of 8 children so that each student can get the proper attention. Children will focus on personal safety, stroke development, and water sports & games. Interested? Register your child for swimming lessons via PayPal and see all the activities offered by our Recreation Department this year on our Recreation page!
Amenities & New Concession Stand
Sandy Point Beach has always had changing rooms, warm showers, and ample parking spaces. We now have an expanded concession stand (menu) open every day (weather permitting) during regular beach hours. The stand will have drinks, chips, ice cream and candy. It will also have other beach essentials available for purchase like sunscreen and small beach toys and will sell and rent beach chairs and umbrellas! The expanded concession stand makes Sandy Point Beach better than ever! If you need to reach the beach directly, the phone number there is 401-297-1263.
Limited Availability Beach Storage Trunks
Love going to the beach but hate dragging all the stuff in and out of your car every single time? Hate getting all the sand in your car? This year, Sandy Point Beach is offering 55 gallon size wheeled trunk rental to store on-site all your beach gear! Get the details and grab one before they're gone!
Are Dogs Allowed on Sandy Point Beach?
Section 101-7 of the Code of the Town of Portsmouth states the following: "Dogs, with the exception of dogs acting in the assistance of a blind or crippled person, shall not be allowed on the premises of any store or public eating place in the Town of Portsmouth and shall not be allowed on any Town-operated beach. Any owner shall not allow his dog, with the exception of dogs acting in the assistance of a blind or crippled person, to be upon the premises of any store, public eating place or Town-operated beach in the Town of Portsmouth." Therefore, no dogs, leashed or unleashed, are allowed on the swimming portion of Sandy Point Beach during beach hours.
All town ordinances apply to this facility.
McCorrie Point BeachLocated at the end of McCorrie Lane, this Town of Portsmouth owned beach has no facilities, no lifeguards, is not water tested and has no parking facilities. It is a carry-in / carry-out facility (trash). As with all town-owned properties, all town ordinances apply to this property.
Ordinances Applicable to All Town-Owned Property:
New for 2016 - No Smoking on Town of Portsmouth Property
Passed by Council action on January 11, 2016, Ordinance #2016-01-11A states:
"Be it ORDAINED by the Town Council of the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, that Chapter 364 of the Portsmouth Code of Ordinances is hereby amended as follows:
364- 1. Definitions.
The following words and terms shall have the following meanings:
BEACH, PARK, ATHLETIC OR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES OWNED BY THE TOWN OF PORTSMOUTH — Any beach, park, athletic or recreational facility, including, but not limited to, any playing field, ball field, basketball court, tennis court, or playground, which is owned or operated by the Town of Portsmouth, together with any area within 100 feet thereof owned by the Town.
364- 2. Use of tobacco products prohibited.
Smoking and other uses of tobacco products are hereby prohibited at any beach, park, athletic or recreational facility owned by the Town of Portsmouth.
364- 3. Violations and penalties.
Any person violating this chapter may be ejected from the beach, park, athletic or recreational facilities owned by the Town and/or may be fined not more than $ 100, which sum shall be collected for the use of the Town."
Is Alcohol Allowed on Town of Portsmouth Property Such the Beach?
Amended 11-6-1995 by Ord. No. 95-11-6A
It shall be unlawful for any person to consume any alcoholic beverage, or to have in his or her possession any open container thereof, in any public park or beach, excluding municipal campgrounds, at any time, except at functions duly authorized by the Town Council of the Town of Portsmouth.
Teddy's Beach is located on Park Avenue in Island Park at Stone Bridge. This beach is owned by the State of Rhode Island. It is not staffed by lifeguards and no restroom facilities are available. The water is not tested or monitored by the town. It is a carry-in / carry-out facility (trash).