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“Frozen wonderland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Scarborough Beach North and South

Scarborough Beach North and South
870, 970 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
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Ranked #8 of 19 Attractions in Narragansett
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming
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Baltimore, USA
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“Frozen wonderland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Go to the beach in single digits.. with 8 inches of snow on the ground? You bet! The salt breeze and drifted snow make quite a juxtaposed picture to tantalize the memory and senses.

Visited January 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“beautiful but smelly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

the beach is beautiful - the waves are big - when everything works right - it's wonderful. However right by the ruins of the old stone barn there is a kind of overflow pond that smells to high heaven. today we learned that the beach is closed because of high bacteria count. So, we rented three condos on the ocean for all our grandchildren - the weather is not great but even if it were -we couldn't go swimming. For me, just sitting on the deck and having a glass of wine is fabulous - the view is that great. However, if you plan to swim you may not get lucky. I need more wine to deal with the grandchildren who are so disappointed that they can't go swimming.

Visited August 2013
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“Great beach, not so great crowds”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I grew up going to Scarborough State beach with my dad & brothers. As father I regularly took my wife & kids there multiple times each summer. (We live about 2 hours away in CT.)

The quality of the sand & surf are great at Scarborough, with an expansive beach of soft sand. The pavilion features private changing areas and cold showers, as well as coin-operated hot showers. There is a snack bar as well. Beach umbrellas are available for rent. And there is a small beach store that sells towels and beach toys.

Important to note is that there are NO trash cans anywhere on the property - you must take out EVERYTHING you bring in.

My 2 complaints of Scarborough are 1) Because it's a state beach, it gets VERY crowded on weekends. Plan on arriving early for better parking, to beat the beach traffic, and to get a decent spot on the beach. 2) Again, because it's a state beach, the level of "clientele" varies considerably. While I'm certainly not a snob, I don't enjoy having smokers and boom box-blasting rapsters park next to me. And of course there are the obligatory muscle heads parading around with their eye-candy, make-up drenched, and scantily-clad girlfriends.

We have decided that we will start exploring some of the quieter beaches in the area, such as Narragansett Town Beach, East Matunuck Town Beach, and South Kingston Town Beach.

Visited July 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“Try Scarborough South”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We have been going to Scarborough Beach for years -- since our kids were little. It's a narrow beach, so it can be crowded on hot weekends. Weekdays are much quieter. The water can be very calm or have some nice waves. The beach faces Southeast, so as the sun gets lower in the late afternoon, it goes behind you. There are wide grass fields on the bluff above the beach, which are great for picnics and BBQs...often with large family gatherings. There are also warm showers in private enclosures in the bathrooms, for rinsing off...now cost 75 cents for 3 minutes. Or use the cold shower spigots outside for free.
Parking has also gotten more expensive in the lots, especially for cars with out-of-state plates. It is free to walk-ins, but it's harder to find nearby street parking...resident permits are required in more places, now.

Visited July 2013
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“Best All Around For Swimmers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The Good:

Scarborough Beach is a nice balance of open surf and protected cove style beaches. It has good waves for body surfing and boogie boards although not quite as long a ride as Narragansett Town Beach. It isn't a lake either, like Roger Wheeler State Beach, better known as Sand Hill Cove. It has a sandy bottom with few rocks. It had no rocks until the last big storm and I suspect over time they will disappear. There's good fishing or spear fishing at either end but check out the north end going towards Black Point and north towards Narragansett Pier. Good walking trails, beautiful scenery. Water temperature is usually in the high 60's and sometimes breaking 70 degrees toward the end of summer.

The Not So Good: The parking fees are outrageous. $28 weekends for out of state cars. The food is gross, foul and expensive. There are no trash cans and the state has the idiotic notion that people will take their garbage with them when they leave. Some do, some leave it in the parking lot or toss it in the rest rooms. It's supposed to be a smoke free beach but there's plenty of smokers. There's a long list of "rules" mostly aimed at children: "No ball playing" "no kite flying" ..... The lifeguards police the kids who, may want to act like kids.

A good beach..........

Visited August 2013
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