East Beach (Watch Hill)

East Beach - USA
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Southeast facing East Beach lies in the southern suburbs of the town of Westerly, close to the state lines with Connecticut and New York State. It’s one of Rhode Island’s least developed beaches, meaning its broad sweep of golden sand provides a relaxed space in which to enjoy the sea air.

Despite this fact, East Beach still offers visitors a gravel parking lot, composting toilets and public changing rooms. There is also a small campsite containing 20 pitches. However, most people visit East Beach on a day trip to soak up the summer sun. Others come for the ocean swimming and salt-water fishing. The drop-off into the sea from the beach is relatively sharp, meaning adults should keep a close eye on children.

Like all Rhode Island’s state beaches, East Beach is open daily during the summer months, when lifeguards are also on duty. If arriving by car, it’s best to purchase a parking permit online before arrival.

Oh, and if you were wondering who might own the huge house on the the headland at the end of East Beach, that would be Taylor Swift. Named High Watch, the house was purchased by the singer in 2014 for just under $18 million.

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Watch Hill

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  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


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