Let’s make sure I got this right: you want to hit a New England ocean beach that is not too crowded, reasonably priced, with little under toe, soft sand, and offering basics like restrooms and showers, as well as restaurants with fresh seafood within walking distance.
If that is correct, put Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, R.I., on your summer beach trip list. Salty Brine might not have the high profile name or size of other New England beaches, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying this beach with a friendly crowd and an overall cozy feel. For a reasonable admission car fee (there is also hourly street parking), you’ll be able to find your own space at this under appreciated beach featuring a breakwater that allows for relatively gentle waters. That’s great for families with young ones, or adults that skipped beginner swimming lessons when growing up. Another plus is that show-offs and general miscreants tend to use other beaches, thus allowing more comfort for people of all shapes and sizes at Salty Brine. The sand is good, too, with few rocky areas.
A new “green” environmentally-friendly pavilion, Salty’s Landing food and clam shack, and fabulous seafood restaurants like George’s of Galilee and Champlin’s virtually across the street further help make Salty Brine State Beach an ideal New England ocean beach destination. Additionally, Salty Brine State Beach is located in a live fishing village neighborhood (Galilee), where you can see fish brought right off the boats. You’ll taste the difference at George’s, Champlin’s or one of the many other seafood restaurants in the area. You also have a chance to take a ferry from Gailiee to Block Island, one of the most beautiful coastal destinations in New England.
Finally, you might be wondering how the beach got its name. Well, Salty Brine was a radio broadcasting legend, most notably on WPRO from 1942 to 1983. Mr. Brine, may his gentle soul rest in peace, had a wonderful baritone voice with a classic New England accent and a rare kindness that made him a beloved figure in Rhode Island and other areas of New England. It’s so nice that the State of Rhode Island named the beach after him — especially a wonderful beach like this!
Salty Brine State Beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend. Tel. (401) 789-3563