Roger Wheeler Beach and How It Was Named

If you’re heading to Narragansett, RI, you’re sure to hear about Roger Wheeler Beach. It’s one of the nicest spots in the area thanks to its beautiful views and gorgeous beach walks. You may also hear about Sand Hill Cove beach as being one of the best beaches in Narragansett. What you probably won’t realize is that these two names actually refer to the same beach! Let’s talk about Roger Wheeler Beach and why it’s so often referred to as Sand Hill Cove beach – it’s actually a pretty interesting story. 

Where Is The Beach

The entrance to the beach is located at 100 Sand Hill Cove Rd. It’s a large beach that is at the tip of Rhode Island. 


Roger Wheeler Beach is known for its soft, powdery sand, its spaciousness, and, of course, it’s beautiful blue waters. The beach is quiet and clean with soft, gentle waves. There’s also a playground for kids and a modern pavilion equipped with showers and a small snack bar where you and your family can get refreshments throughout the day. Plus, because the beach is south facing, you can soak up the sun all day long. 

You’ll find 63 picnic tables, a large parking lot, and a lifeguard on duty from 9AM-6PM. You will also see Judith Point Lighthouse from the beach. Unfortunately, there are no animals allowed on the beach.

How Did It Get Its Name?

Many tourists in Rhode Island get confused by the name of Roger Wheeler Beach. Until 1970, the beach was known at Sand Hill Cove. Many locals still use this name today. 

Sand Hill Cove (as it was known then) was a state property until 1929 when it was taken over by the Park Commission. It was part of a plan to create a system of open-air parks for industrial workers to use during their time off work. 

It wasn’t until the Second World War that the Commission cleared away over ninety squatters who had taken up residence on the beach. In 1955, a bathhouse and parking facility was installed. 

In 1970, the famous name change to Roger Wheeler Beach occurred in honor of Captain Roger W. Wheeler. Captain Wheeler was the creator of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System. By bringing organized lifeguards to the beaches of the state, he is responsible for saving hundreds of lives over the years. 

In the 90s, the beach was redesigned and additional facilities were added. Now, the beach is home to a large pavilion, extensive changing facilities, over sixty picnic tables, and a large children’s play area. Today, it’s one of the best known things to do in Narragansett

Closest Vacation Rentals

Here at Durkin Cottages, we have a wide range of stunning houses for rent in Narragansett, RI. A few of them are especially close to the lovely Roger Wheeler Beach. Here are a few gorgeous Narragansett vacation rentals nearby.

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97 Calef Avenue

This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom family home is a beautiful spot just across the road from the beach. It boasts exceptional interior design, modern appliances, a large front terrace, and stunning panoramic views of the bay.

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1378 Ocean Road

A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom spacious home that sleeps nine guests, this rental is within quick walking distance of the famous beach. You’ll love the gorgeous ocean views from the modern, fully equipped home. With its jacuzzi tub, granite countertops, and large yard, you and your guests will feel like you’re in paradise.

3 Pilgrim Ave

A 4 bedroom home with 3.5 bathrooms, this lovely expansive property is the perfect place to call home for families who want to be close to the beach. It has an open plan living, kitchen, and dining space so that the family can spread out and enjoy each other’s company in the evenings. It also has a ping pong table, game room, and several flat-screen TVs for nights in. With stunning ocean views, you and your family are sure to fall in love with this home.

Find your home away from home today at Durkin Cottage Realty.

Durkin Cottage Realty

815 Pt. Judith Rd.
Narragansett, RI 02882

Phone: 401-789-6659
Fax: 401-789-6705

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