Top Story of the Week: Top 10 dog-friendly beaches in Rhode Island publish a list of the most dog-friendly beaches – Although it’s the smallest state in the US, Rhode Island is known for big fun in the conversations of traveling pet owners. It’s a pet-friendly destination in New England with everything from pet-friendly accommodations to dog parks. But the best part is taking advantage of the 400+ mile-long coastline with your pet.

Stay just a bone’s toss away from the Rhode Island shore, lined with pet-friendly beaches that will be excited to see your pet. Enjoy walks through natural preserved areas, offshore islands, and sandy coasts on the mainland where pets can play, relax, and have fun with their owners.

And remember, whenever your dog is participating in a water activity, be sure to keep them safe with a dog life jacket or other flotation device.

Note: Check each click through if you are going – some beaches are open to pooches only after the official day is over – each has their own details…

Compass Rose Beach

Photo, top, from Visit Rhode Island

Photo here, from South County Tourism

Known as one of the secret beaches in Rhode Island and tucked into a busy Quonset area, you never know what to expect when looking out to sea from Compass Rose Beach. From large freight ships passing through the bay to surfers looking to shred the timid waves rolling on shore. But the best part about the views is being able to tell your pet all about it while laying beside you!

All directions point to Compass Rose Beach when seeking a dog-friendly shore to relax on. The tan-colored sand emerges from the grassy area as it extends towards the coast. Keep your dog on a leash as they pounce around the sand and fling up particles or splash in the water. Your dog will likely bark at the Hobie cats cruising the surface as your dog walks as deep as the water touches its chin.

Located in North Kingston, Compass Rose Beach is a go-to destination for dog owners. Any time of the year is suitable since the beach welcomes pets during all seasons.

Address: 1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown

See all 10 beaches – here – or click on the hyperlink names, top –


  1. Lorraine Monteiro on July 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Also, do these beaches have certain hours that allow dogs on the beach?

    • Nancy Thomas on July 31, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      If you click on the hyperlink to each beach it gives you details – for instance, Napatree is “Leashed dogs are permitted on the beach all year round. Keep an eye on the clock during the peak beach season, May 2nd to Labor Day, when pets are prohibited between 8 AM and 6 PM.”

  2. Lorraine Monteiro on July 31, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Eastens beach? Since when?

    • Nancy Thomas on July 31, 2022 at 5:45 pm

      TY for asking – we are double checking with the city and will post the “news”….

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