Beaches within reach
Easton's Beach sits below the start of the 3 1/2-mile Cliff Walk that winds westward in front of the Gilded Age mansions. It's a city beach with nearby residential neighborhoods and a small commercial district with the Inn at Newport Beach, Flo's Clam Shack, and other nearby places to eat. The Atlantic Beach Club and Pavilion is on the beach with volleyballers playing their games in front of the restaurant parking lot and outdoor patio.
How to get there:RIPTA trolley No. 61 leaves from Newport's Gateway Visitors Center on America's Cup Avenue daily from late June to mid August. Cost: $1.75 one way. To get to the Gateway center, take Bonanza Bus Lines from Boston's South Station or high-speed ferry from Providence's Conley's Wharf landing to Perrotti Park, two blocks from the Gateway center. Ferry runs daily through mid October; reservations recommended.