Reduced State Beach Pass Rates Take Effect July 1

Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

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Per the Rhode Island FY2017 Budget that was signed on Friday, beach pass rates for parking at Rhode Island state beaches will be reduced effective July 1. The current rates will apply through June 30. 

The new beach rates are as follows: 

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Those season pass holders who purchased a pass between May 17 and June 30 will receive a credit via gift certificate for the overage paid, the gift certificate can be used toward the purchase of a future season pass. 

New and current season pass rates are as follows: 

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To apply for the season beach pass credit, pass holders must submit the following to DEM between July 9, 2016 and September 15, 2016:

 

·         Holder’s contact information, including first/last name, mailing address, phone number, and email address

·         Copy or photo of the vehicle registration associated with the 2016 season beach pass

·         2016 season beach pass number and type

                                                  

Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected] or sent via postal mail to DEM Rhode Island State Parks Headquarters, Attention Beach Pass Credit, 1100 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  Applications will also be accepted online between July 9, 2016 and September 15, 2016 at www.dem.ri.gov or in person at headquarters, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays in July, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., beginning on the 9th.  Applications should indicate a preference for certificate delivery or pick up and allow a minimum of two (2) business days for processing.In order to be eligible for the credit, all required information must be fully verified.  As such, credit transactions will not be made at the beach parking lot booth. 

 

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Most Scenic

Second Beach

Second Beach is the most scenic beach in Rhode Island, located at 474 Sachuest Point in Middletown.

Second beach features 1.25 miles of sand dunes and is located next to the 300 acre Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Parking at Second Beach is $10 on weekdays and $20 on weekends and holidays.

For More on Second Beach, click here.

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2.

Best Surfing

Narragansett Beach

Narragansett Town Beach is open on weekends only but is the best beach for surfing in the state of Rhode Island with a seperate area of the beach marked off just for surfing.

Beach locations include 39,77 and 81 Boston Neck Road in Narragansett.

Admission to the beach is $8 per person while children under the age of 11 get in for free.

For more information on Narragansett Beach, click here.

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3.

Best Food

First Beach

First Beach and Oakland Beach are tied for the beach with the best food in Rhode Island. If you are heading over to First Beach, make sure you grab a twin lobster roll from their snack bar.

If you looking for something more formal, or an adult beverage to add to your meal, head inside to the ABC Club to grab a bite to eat.

First Beach is located on Memorial Boulevard, right at the beginning of the famous Newport Cliff Walk.

Parking will cost you $10 during the week and as much as $20 on the weekends.

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4.

Best Food

Oakland Beach

Oakland Beach is in a tie with First Beach for best food, with a number of great restaurants in the area, namely Iggy's Doughboy and Chowderhouse and Top of the Bay.

Oakland Beach is located on Oakland Beach Avenue in Warwick.

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5.

Most Dramatic

Block Island - Mohegan Bluffs

For a dramatic experience of a lifetime, take the ferry across to Block Island and check out Mohegan Bluffs.

The views, cliffs and beach are spectacular.

The Bluffs are located just past the southeast lighthouse. There is limited parking in the small dirt parking lot, however, spots will be available along the road.

For more information, click here.

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6.

Best Family Beach

Sand Hill Cove

Sand Hill Cove is in a tie with Gooseberry Beach for best family beach.

Sand Hill Cove is a great beach for families after having been redesigned between 1996 and 1997. The beach now features a play ground, concession stands and an enviromental education area.

The beach also features 63 picnic tables.

Sand HIll Cove beach is located on 100 Sand Hill Cove road in Narragansett.

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7.

Best Family Beach

Gooseberry Beach

Gooseberry Beach is in a tie with Sand Hill Cove for best family beach.

Gooseberry is a great beach for families, presenting small waves and clean sand as well as many other families with children of different ages.

Gooseberry Beach is located on 130 Ocean Avenue in Newport with parking at a daily price of $20. Gooseberry is located just one mile from the Newport Mansions

For more information, click here.

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8.

Best Tone, 6 Pack Abs and Thongs

Scarborough State Beach

If your looking to see some sites like 6 pack abs and thongs, amongst other things, Scarborough State Beach is where you want to be.

Scarborough features 75 picnic tables, a concrete boardwalk with concessions stands, gazebo's and an observation glasses and more.

Scarborough Beach is located at 970 Ocean Road in Narragansett.

Click here for more information.

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9.

Most Historic

Watch Hill Carousel & Beach

The Watch Hill Beach and Carousel is easily the most historic beach in Rhode Island as the two are right next to each other.

The flying horse carousel is the oldest operating carousel in which the horses are suspended by chains.

Kids under 12 years olds may ride.

The Carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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10.

Best Bar

Matunuck Ocean Mist

Matunuck Beach gets the best bar with Ocean Mist.

Ocean Mist hosts brunch on Sunday's, DJ's playing reggae music on Tuesday's and live performances by some of the best local and regional bands on Friday's and Saturday's.

In 2009, Esquire Magazine named Matunuck Ocean Mist one of the best bars in America and in 2012 Yankee Magazine named Ocean Mist best local hangout.

Ocean Mist is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m Monday thru Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Ocean Mist bar is located on 895 Matunuck Beach rd in Wakefield.

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11.

Most Unspoiled

Napatree Point

The Hurricane of 1938 wiped out all the homes and buildings in the area were wiped out with 15 people dying.

Napatree point never rebuilt for fear of future destruction and is currently a wildlife preserve and beach protected by Watch HIll conservency and fire district.

Napatree Point is located on Fort Road in Westerly.

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12.

Fast Escape

Barrington Beach

Barrington Beach is tied with Lincoln Woods as two beaches that make for an easy escape if you live in the city.

Barrington Beach presents four acres of beach that overlooks Narragansett Bay.

However, parking at the beach is limited to Barrington residents only.

For more information, click here.

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13.

Fast Escape

Lincoln Woods

Lincoln Woods is tied with Barrington Beach as one of two beaches that make for an easy escape.

LIfe guards are on duty at the beach from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lincoln Woods is located betweeen route 146 and route 123 and is just minutes from Providence, Pawtucket and Cumberland.

For more information, click here.

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14.

Most Natural

Goosewing Preserve

Goosewing Preserve is the most natural beach in Rhode Island

Goosewing Preserve features 75 acres of beach in Little Compton with access to the beach going through South Shore Beach.

Parking at Goosewing Preserve is $15.

For more information, click here.

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15.

Most Explosive

Salty Brine

Salty Brine State Beach was rocked by an explosion in which one woman was injured.

The explosion at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett on July 11 has been deemed "very likely" to have been caused by the combustion of a build-up of hydrogen gas in the beach sand, due to the corrosion of an abandoned copper cable that was previously used by the United States Coast Guard, according to Dr. Arthur Spivack, an oceanographer with expertise in geo-chemistry at the University Of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography (URI GSO).

In 1990 it was decided to rename Galilee State Beach as Salty Brine State Beach after a prominent radio personality long associated with Rhode Island’s nautical and seaside traditions.

For more information, click here.

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16.

Most Secret

Rejects Beach

Rejects beach is the most secret beach in Rhode Island, located at at the beginning of Ocean Drive.

There is no parking at Rejects Beach and the only way to access it is by foot or bike, making it a beach not many people go to.

For more information, click here.

 
 

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