I've been going to this beach every year since 1986. Compared to going North (e.g. York Bach, Hampton Beach, Old Orchard Beach), you definitely notice the difference in water temperatures.
Also, often times there are nice waves to either board, bogie or body surf on.
Coming from Mass, you'll find traffic to be a breeze. Something that can't be said of the Cape.
Unlike Newport, Narragansett is a lot less of a commercial spot. However, if you are looking to get a drink after a day on the beach Narragansett offers the Coast Guard House and Almalfi w/in walking distance from the surf.
As mentioned in the other reviews, the beach is long so if you have a family and wanna spread out you can head down the beach a bit and find some open real estate.
The one drawback is parking. 'Gansett does offer a parking lot but it does fill up early. Luckily for me, I stay across the street from the break wall and don't have to worry about that :)
Grab your Dell's frozen ice and hit this beach!
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