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Misquamicut State Beach
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Owner description: Rhode Island's largest and most popular beach will be handicap accessible.
Reviewed June 21, 2013

bring a "boogie board" if your kids can swim well and watch them at all times. Waves are fabulous !!!

1  Thank Kathy D
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I enjoyed a nice leisure vacation in New England. I traveled to this beach and was pleasantly surprised by its beauty. I must admit, I am used to southern beaches (Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic side), so I was surprised at the lack of shells and the predominence of rocks! But I am a person who appreciates all facets of nature. I enjoyed it. The water was cool and not too hot like my southern beaches. We had a nice time and I recommend this beach to anyone traveling to Rhode Island. As a matter of fact, I am going back in a couple of weeks, so this will be one of my stops for sure!

1  Thank Tomira R
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

To fairly rate Misquamicut beach you must first ask yourself what you're looking for as to a day at the beach. If its something loud, crowded, expensive, not at all pretty, rather on the filthy side that you are hankerin' for, this is the place for you. On the other hand if you are thinking along the lines of something out of a Robert Frost poem or Summer Of 42, than this place will leave you screaming into the night... Misquamicut reminds me of Malibu, or the Jersey shore you see in movies. Intensely crowded, dirty, seedy atmosphere of bars and obnoxious people, loud barkers and announcements all day long, ugly beach, expensive, food that cost next to highway robbery, and of course drunks, no matter what time a day it is. Honestly, I really don't understand the draw of this place for anyone but the young and stupid. For families, it draws you in with the crappy couple of amusement rides they have and the carnival style atmosphere of barkers yelling about their wares, but trust me. It sucks. I suggest you drive past it as fast as you can and go to either one of the Charlestown beaches, or better yet, Sand Hill Cove in Narragansett. It's no Summer of 42, but it also wouldn't make Robert Frost throw up either. Quiet, nice ride, and none of the liabilities... Misquamicut is nothing but an overpriced noisy and dirty farce...

3  Thank John M
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Previous experiences when I lived in the region blatantly spelled out the fact that you were there for the eye candy and to be seen. I also spent a summer working here during college. Who are the people giving this place rave reviews who are over the age of 18?? My only guess is that people don't travel much, as places like Misquamicut and Hampton Beach couldn't be any trashier in terms of the lack of cleanliness and abundant litter, the archaic and tacky boardwalks, and the neanderthal behavior of the degenerates who flock here.
Family vacations? Take them to an area lake. Or travel to Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach, where tackiness abounds but at least the boardwalks, water and sand are clean or to the quietness of the sugar sand beaches on the Gulf Coast- or the warmer ocean water in this region offered up by south Long Island beaches. Misquamicut is flat-out disgusting in every facet.
Misquamicut's boardwalk for starters needs a serious facelift. There isn't much for kids to do away from the water, unless the same outdated 30-yr old oval car racetrack or weed-infested, 10 yard green length per hole mini golf course suffices as entertainment. Watch Hill is close, and though advertised more to be of a pretentious type beach for vacationing New Yorkers, just the oldest carousel operating alone makes it a more worthwhile treat for young kids- plus some toy and book stores for that age as well.
There is only one way in and one way out (with mild exceptions) unlike at least in Hampton, where if you know the alternate access routes, you can avoid most of the traffic. Even in Hampton Beach there are areas to play volleyball, toss a frisbee, etc... . No such luck at Misquamicut- the liberal fascism that has crept out of Mass is alive and well here too- no frisbees- no nothing! The seaweed too both along the shoreline and in the water is always an issue here and makes the thoughts on dumpster diving not such a bad alternative. Many areas of the beach aren't feasible to walk on with bare feet. The honkey tonk crowds and disgusting bathrooms and port-a-potties are even worse here, though I'd rate Hampton Beach's pretend-gangsta aspect to be more obnoxious given the proximity to Lawrence/Lowell.

1  Thank CalvinNH
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Always a fun place for a walk or a day with the family, if you enjoy being outdoors. Its a State run Beach.

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