Sand Hill Cove beach in Narragansett, RI--Where is it ??
Looking for tips on area beaches while visiting Narragansett, RI ??
If you are a recent visitor, new to the area, or just not a "local", you may have heard folks talking about the beautiful beach at Sand Hill Cove. You've driven around all of the area beaches, but no beach is marked with such a name...where is it ??
Well, Sand Hill Cove beach was renamed in a dedication ceremony on August 15th, 1970 to honor the life of Captain Roger W. Wheeler, who is responsible for the development of the R.I. State Life Saving System.
Roger W. Wheeler is one of 3 State Beaches within the town of Narragansett and is located at 100 Sand Hill Cove Road, between the Point Judith lighthouse and the fishing port of Galilee. This 27 acre beach is known for it's soft, fine sand and calm waters which are protected by the break walls within the Harbor of Refuge.
Sand Hill Cove is a popular beach and vacation destination for families with young children as there is no rough surf or heavy undertow. There is also a small playground area near the modern pavilion for snacks, a changing area, showers, and restrooms. All of the State Beaches in RI are smoke-free, and pets are not allowed from April 1st through September 30th.
I love this beach because I am not one to sit and bake in the sun all day. There are always boats and the Block Island ferries to watch coming in and out of the harbor, and it's a great walk along the shore line down to George's Restaurant outdoor deck and Salty Brine State Beach in Galilee. Just be respectful of the private beach areas as you stroll down to Galilee along the shoreline-- (private beaches typically start at the high tide mark).
My children grew up on this beach and it remains my favorite in Narragansett to this day. You can find me nestled up along a sand dune in the off-season with a blanket and a book, and playing in the water and building sand castles with my grandson in the summer, (whenever I get the chance, that is).
So, now you know where this little gem is; Sand Hill Cove beach in Narragansett, RI !