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Matunuck is one of the villages of South Kingstown, located in Washington County, Rhode Island. The village's name is from a Native American word meaning "look out." The Narragansett tribe made a summer encampment at this location before the land was sold to colonists as part of the Pettaquamscutt purchase. It is mostly a summer community in Southern Rhode Island with a small, but strong base of year round locals.

The latitude of Matunuck is 41.378N. The longitude is -71.546W.

Get In[edit]

  • By car

Matunuck is at easy access for anyone traveling on Route One. Left exits, or U-turns, make it stress-free to get anywhere. The closest car rental location is Enterprise Rental in Narragansett and they can be reached at (800)736-8222 or (401)783-2859.

  • By boat

Personal boats can be hard to dock because there are no public spots or marinas. Docks are located along the water and in Potter's Pond but they are privately owned. Nearby, in East Matunuck, there are a few marinas where personal boats are allowed to be docked. Lockwood Marina, located at 650 Succotash Rd, can be reached at (401)783-2868 and [1]. Point Judith Marina, located at 360 Gooseberry Road, can be reached at (401)789-7189 or [2]. Lastly, Snug Harbor Marina, located at 410 Gooseberry Road, can be reached at (401)783-7766 or [3].

  • By plane

If traveling from a far distance, the most convenient airport is TF Green Airport located at 2000 Post Road in Warwick and can be reached at (888)268-7222 or [4]. This airport is located about 45 minutes away and has taxi services to bring you to Matunuck. Other airports in the area are Westerly and Quonset State Airports.

  • By taxi

Various taxi services are available to bring you to and from different areas in Matunuck. The closest service is Eagle Cab ((800)339-2970) in Narragansett but there is also Wakefield Cab in South Kingstown ((401)783-0007) or Wright’s Taxi in Westerly ((401)596-8294).

  • By train

If using the train, you would be dropped off at the Kingston Train Station located at 1 Railroad Ave in West Kingston. Here, there are taxis you can use for the 20 minute drive to Matunuck. Tickets for Amtrak can be found on the homepage, [5] or by calling (401)295-1100.

  • By bus

Visitors are also welcome to use the RIPTA Public Bus that can bring you all around the area. By having many convenient stops, this choice is convenient and somewhat inexpensive. Fares run from about $6 for an all-day pass and $23 for a week. There are many other options for tickets and updated schedules and routes that can be found on their website, [6], or by calling 781-9400.

Get Around[edit]

  • By car

Driving is one of the easiest ways to travel around Matunuck when also using the highway. Everything is located off roads from Route One. Be aware that in the summer time, there may be traffic in certain areas between the hours of 9 and 11 in the morning and then 3 to 5 in the afternoon when people are traveling to and from the beach.

  • By bus

Once again, visitors can also use the RIPTA bus to get around Matunuck. Their stops are convenient and the fare is reasonably priced. RIPTA’s website and telephone number are listed above in the Get In section.

  • By walking

Matunuck, overall, is small. It is possible to get almost anywhere by walking or biking. Not all streets have sidewalks but most of the area is pedestrian friendly.

See/Do[edit]

  • East Matunuck State Beach

Located at 950 Succotash Road and just over 144 acres of beach, this beach is known for its rough waves and riptide. Plenty of parking and public restrooms and showers are available. The beach is open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM but lifeguards are only on duty during the summer season.

  • Jim's Dock

This beach has small waves attracting families with children and has a large dock for people to jump off of. Parking is always tough, so expect a small walk to the beach. Across the canal, the Block Island boats are docked in a large marina so expect a lot of boat traffic. Beach is small and squeezed between houses and buildings. The beach is open year round but there are no lifeguards throughout the entire year.

  • South Kingstown Town Beach

Telephone Number: 401-789-9301, Address: South Kingstown Town Beach at Matunuck South Kingstown, Rhode Island 02883, Website: [7]. This 1,300 foot beach is also known for its rough waves and slight undertow. Along with the beach, it has a boardwalk, playground, volleyball court, shower, and picnic areas available for rent. Each car must pay to park but free to walk onto the beach. No pets allowed during in-season months.

  • Theatre by The Sea

Telephone: (401)782-8587, Address: 364 Cards Pond Road, Website: [8]. Historic theatre and playhouse with various plays. Also includes small restaurant, Bistro by The Sea. The theatre is open Monday- Saturday 10AM-4PM and closed on Sundays.

  • Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Telephone Number: (401)364-9124, Address: 1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road South Kingstown, Rhode Island 02879, Website: [9]. Over 640 acres of wildlife habitats and 3 miles of nature trails. The trails are quiet and relaxing, and great for visitors of all ages. There are benches along the way for resting and animals are allowed as long as they are on a leash.

  • Matunuck Surf Shop

Telephone: (401)783-2566, Address: 706 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: [10]. Name brand attire for beach, surfing, or accessories. Surfboard, skateboards, and skim boards are available for rent on your own or in a lesson. The shop is open 7 days a week in the summer 10AM-6PM.

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  • Matunuck Surf Shop

Contact information and hours are listed above. Everything you need for a day at the beach is here. Small, last minute items like sunscreen and sunglasses to surfboard and equipment is available to customers. Employees are very friendly and educated in surfing to help you in the best way possible.

  • Seaview Marketplace

Telephone Number: (401)788-9000, Address: 682 Matunuck Beach Road. Small grocery store located in the middle of Matunuck. Fair selection of food, sells excellent hot dogs, and decent deli selection. Food is priced as it would be in any other grocery store. In the winter, open Wednesday to Sunday 11AM-8Pm and in the summer, open every day from 11Am-8Pm.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Matunuck Oyster Bar

Telephone: (401)783-4202, Address: 629 Succotash Road, Website: [11]. Overlooking Potter’s Pond, this restaurant serves a variety of meals and drinks. The inside bar is opened year round but the outdoor patio is only open in warm weather. The restaurant does have a small kid’s menu but has more of a mature atmosphere for older children or adults. Expect up to a 2-hour wait for dinner on summer or weekend nights. Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM- 9PM and Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-10PM. In the summer, the restaurant does close later.

  • Ocean Mist

Telephone Number: (401)782-3740, Address: 895 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: [12]. Live music on different nights of the week and fair priced food and drinks. Upcoming promos and music can all be found on their website. The restaurant can turn into a college scene some nights as well when schools are in session. Very casual and laid back atmosphere. Open Monday-Friday 10AM-1Am and Saturday-Sunday 9AM-1AM.

  • La Strada Café & Pizzeria

Telephone Number: (401)284-2253, Address: 920 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: [13]. Only open in the summer months, they focus on buying most of their foods from local farms and keep their prices very reasonable. The pizza is made in a giant brick oven and the atmosphere is very causal and friendly. The entire staff is welcoming and very pleasant. They are a fan of rusty antiques so chances are you may find one of two in the driveway!

  • Cap’n Jacks

Telephone Number: (401)789-4556, Address: 706 Succotash Road, Website: [14]. Very laid back and casual, family atmosphere. Menu is mostly fish and seafood which is reasonably priced and the quality is decent. This restaurant does do takeout and there is plenty of parking with a rare wait. In the off season, the restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday 11AM-8:30PM but is open in the summer with more hours.

  • Just D’s

Telephone Number: (401)284-2231, Address: 706 Matunuck Beach Road. Known as a breakfast and brunch diner, the food is decent and reasonably priced. The food is what you would expect from a simple diner. Never a wait, parking available in the small lot but also on the road. Open Thursday-Monday 7AM-2PM, Tuesday 7AM-12PM, and closed on Wednesdays.

  • George’s of Galilee

Telephone Number: (401)783-2306, Address: 250 Sand Hill Cove Road, Website: [15]. This restaurant has a menu filled with seafood, pasta, burgers, and salads and overlooks the Ocean and Block Island way in the distance. It can get very busy in the summer time but contains a main dining area, upstairs dining area, and outside seating to sit customers quickly. Open every day for lunch and dinner at 11:30AM.

  • Seaview Pizza

Telephone Number: (401) 788-9000, Address: 682 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: [16]. This Pizzeria is very casual and laid back but offer foods at very reasonable prices. Along with pizza, they have salads, sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, and seafood when in season. Friendly, local service that gives you a personal, community vibe. Seaview also delivers to Matunuck, East Matunuck, Perryville, and Green Hill.

  • Jim’s Dock Restaurant

Telephone Number: (401)783-2050, Address: 109 Succotash Road. Small, crowded restaurant opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mainly eggs and pancakes for breakfasts and burgers, fish and sandwiches for lunch and dinners. Meals inexpensive but still good quality with a very casual atmosphere. The restaurant can become very crowded in the summer but dead in the winter.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Admiral Dewey Inn

Telephone Number: (401)783-2090, Address: 668 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: [17]. This is a 2 or 3 minute walk from Matunuck Beach and is an 1898 Victorian Beach Hotel. The Inn is well known for its delicious home-made meals and has chairs, towels, and umbrellas to borrow for family beach days.

  • Matunuck Rhode Island Beach Homes

[18]. Travelers can search this site and find homes in a range of prices to rent, from $1000 to $4000. Most houses sleep 5 to 10 people.

  • Ocean State Cottages

Telephone Number: (401)467-8281, Address: 975 Matunuck Beach Road. Each house has a beach front view, share a private beach and sleep a maximum of eight people. Cottages all have kitchen facilities, Cable TV, smoking areas, and pets are allowed.

  • Quick Note

Matunuck is known for its day visitors and trips and therefore does not have many places to spend a night at. Outside of Matunuck, you will find a few more option, some of which are listed below.

  • Holiday Inn

Telephone Number: (877)859-5095, Address: 3009 Tower Hill Road, South Kingstown. Located about 15 minutes from Matunuck, this Inn has a pool, small restaurant, fitness center, banquet/meeting room, bar & lounge, Wi-Fi, and laundry rooms.

  • Hampton Inn

Telephone Number: (401)788-3500, Address: 20 Hotel Drive, South Kingstown. Located about 10-15 minutes from Matunuck, this hotel has a pool, fireplace, fitness center, outdoor patios, and Wi-Fi.

  • Tower House B&B

Telephone Number: (401)783-3787, Address: 46 Earles Court, Narragansett. This Victorian style house has home cooked meals, lots of gardens and flowers in the yard, and free transportation to the beaches with free beach toys for children.

  • Ocean Rose Inn

Telephone Number: (401) 783-4704, Address: 113 Ocean Road Narragansett, Website: [19]. Room rates start at around $170/ night. Victorian style house and furnished rooms located right on the water making a pretty view from any room. The website, and Inn, both have a long list of activities and day trips that are arranged and organized for throughout the summer.

Get Out[edit]

  • Narrow River

Empting out right near Narragansett Beach, this river is great for kayaking, using small boats, or just enjoying a hot day. Located about halfway up the river at 94B Middlebridge Road is Narrow River Kayaks. Here, visitors can rent kayaks for a few hours or a full day and explore the river. Tours are also given for groups seeking an educational experience. For more information, call (401)789-0334 or visit their website, [20].

  • Narragansett Beach

Telephone Number: (401)783-6430, Address: 39 Boston Neck Road, Website: [21]. This 19-acre beach is very popular and located at the end of Narrow River. Snack bars are located in both the North and South Pavilions and life guards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Parking can be a hassle but lots are available to park in for $10 during the week and $15 on the weekend. Right next to the beach, visitors can take a nice walk or run on the seawall or window shop at some of the boutiques found in the Pier Marketplace Plaza.

  • Block Island

If you are interested in getting out for the day, hop on a ferry and sail to Block Island. The high-speed boat (which takes about a half hour) and the traditional boat (which takes about an hour) both bring you to a seven by three mile island filled with beaches, restaurants, sporting activities, a petting zoo, and various shops. Marinas and hotels/inns are also available for any visitors staying for longer than the day. The ferries run more frequently in the summer than winter but all boat times and more ferry information can be found by calling (401) 783-4613 or by visiting [22].

  • Burlingame State Campgrounds

Telephone Number: (401)322-8910, Address: 75 Burlingame State Park Road, Charlestown, Website: [23]. For a camping experience, come visit this 3,100 acre campground. Services and activities offered are bike riding, boating, canoe rentals, hiking trails, swimming, and running water. The site is clean and functional for groups of all sizes.

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