Why Do People Love Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island?

Since 1937, Scarborough Beach has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Narragansett. If you’re planning a visit to one of our Narragansett waterfront vacation rentals, here’s everything you need to know!

About the Beach

The beach’s initial facilities have expanded since 1937 to include an observation tower, boardwalk, and 75 picnic tables. Additional amenities include two pavilions, hot and cold showers, concessions, gazebos, and shaded rest areas. Visitors of all ages will find activities of interest from swimming and sunbathing to picnicking and people watching. Take a stroll along the sand and soak in the stunning coastline for an unforgettable day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Lifeguards? 

Take the entire family out for a day at the beach and rest easy knowing that qualified lifeguards are on duty for as long as the beach is open. 

When is Scarborough Beach Open?

Beaches are open when lifeguards are on duty, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

What is Not Allowed?

To ensure the beach is kept pristine, smoking is prohibited, and alcoholic beverages or glass containers are not permitted on the premises. Animals are not allowed during the peak of tourist season from May 15 through September 15. Bring ready-made food to the beach or buy a snack at a concession stand; cooking is not allowed on the premises. Open fires are also strictly forbidden.

Visitors’ safety is of the utmost concern. Therefore, swimming is not allowed in designated surfing areas and vice versa. Inflatable devices are not allowed in or near the water; motorized watercraft, kayaks, jet skis, windsurfing, fishing, scuba diving, and radio-controlled airplanes, helicopters, and flying devices should be kept out of swimming areas. 

Following these simple rules will ensure everyone’s safety and keep Scarborough Beach enjoyable for all. 


Scarborough Beach provides a large, paved parking lot with an electric vehicle charging station, which is available for a maximum of 4 hours. In-state visitors pay $10 for a day visit to the beach while out-of-state visitors pay $12. The EV station requires the same parking fee as other vehicles. 


From downtown Narragansett, take RI Route 108 just north of Fishermen’s Memorial State Park. Scarborough Beach, which is officially divided into Scarborough North and South State Beaches, are just northeast of Point Judith and Galilee. The official address is 970 Ocean Road. 

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Narragansett Summer Vacation Rentals

While staying in Narragansett, consider one of our wide selection of Narragansett vacation rentals. We can help you find a rental property to meet all your needs and budget. We offer everything from 2-bedroom to 11-bedroom homes, many of which are beachfront rentals. Consider beautiful Narragansett summer rentals like 131 Sunset Boulevard and 14 Rosewood Avenue to find properties in the Scarborough State Beach Area. 

Other Beaches Nearby 

Scarborough Beach is only one of many beaches available for you to enjoy in Narragansett. Take a few days to discover Roger W. Wheeler State Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Narragansett Town Beach. Roger W. Wheeler State Beach is another family-friendly beach with great amenities. The latter two beaches are often overlooked and your best options for avoiding crowds. 

Other Things To Do

Besides visiting the beach, there are plenty of things to do in Narragansett. Check out nearby Fishermen’s Memorial State Park for a stroll or picnic. During the summer months, there is a Sunday morning farmers’ market worth visiting. Camping is also available for anyone wanting to make the most of their time outdoors. 

Port Galilee is within walking distance from Fishermen’s Memorial State Park. Explore the docks and seafood restaurants for a sample of Rhode Island history, culture, and cuisine. The ferry to Block Island also departs from Great Island Road in Port Galilee. Be sure to visit Block Island. It is a day trip that can’t be missed! 

Durkin Cottage Realty

815 Pt. Judith Rd.
Narragansett, RI 02882

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

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