Beaches within reach
Sachuest is a city beach without the city because there's no development around it even though it's only 2 miles from Easton's. Instead of mansions, it is surrounded by the Norman Bird Sanctuary and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. High dunes, beach grass, and roses line the road and parking lot. The mile-long sandy beach is bookended by giant rock formations, and has basic facilities for showers and concessions.
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.