A picture of seaside serendipity, Coastal Rhode Island is where to go when you long for sailing, seafood and a quintessential sense of New England charm. Take heed of the following tips and you’ll make the most of your next visit.
What is the average temperature in Coastal Rhode Island
Mark Twain once famously said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” And he was right.
When some parts of the state are sweltering, Coastal Rhode Island likely feels nothing but breezy bliss. But if we’re talking averages, September and October are surprisingly warm, December through March get chilly and June to September temperatures hover in the 70s.
The other times of the year deliver a mixture of precipitation, clouds and sun — just the way Twain likes it.
The best souvenir to bring from Coastal Rhode Island
You can’t beat the gorgeous views found throughout Coastal Rhode Island, which is why you should bring home a painting, drawing or sketch of the coast from a local artist. Many of the Coastal Rhode Island towns — Narragansett, Newport, Watch Hill and Jamestown, for example — have local art shops and galleries displaying the works of Rhode Island artists.
During the summer months, you’ll likely find artists doing live sketches and paintings along the beach and in the town squares. You can buy works of art directly from them, or visit one of the galleries for a more formal purchase (best for those who want framing and shipping included).
Coastal Rhode Island highlights
If Coastal Rhode Island is known for one thing, it’s the amazing views. We suggest you get in the car and drive to see the best of the coast. Start in Narragansett Bay and end in Newport, where you’ll find luxury hotels to spend the night. Enjoy breakfast on the bay and then head towards Jamestown; go over the bridge and make your way into Newport.
Try to arrive in Newport by mid-afternoon so there’s plenty of light for you to explore the Cliff Walk and snap photos of the grand mansions sitting along the coast.