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*'''By walking'''
*'''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.
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.
*'''Roy Carpenter’s Beach''', off Card’s Pond Rd., is a small private beach nestled among a bungalow community. It is open to the public for a fee, but has a general store, snack bar, picnic tables, and bathrooms.
*Next to Roy Carpenter’s is the '''South Kingstown Town Beach'''. This public beach charges a parking fee ($38 for residents, $75 for non-residents, good for a full year), but has a volleyball court, playground, picnic tables, bathrooms, and is within walking distance of several stores. 
*'''Deephole Beach''' is located at the end of Matunuck Beach Rd., and serves as a parking lot for surfers, kiteboarders, windsurfers, and others who use the waters off the beach for recreational purposes. This beach along with the others in Matunuck are directly exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, because of this, Deephole and Matunuck can see some of the best surfing conditions in Rhode Island. On the flip side, Matunuck can also see some great windy conditions for windsurfers or kiteboarders who take advantage of the strong sea breeze that can develop there.
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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

  • 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 [3]. Point Judith Marina, located at 360 Gooseberry Road, can be reached at (401)789-7189 or [4]. Lastly, Snug Harbor Marina, located at 410 Gooseberry Road, can be reached at (401)783-7766 or [5].

  • 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 [6]. 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, [7] 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, [8], or by calling 781-9400.

Get Around

  • 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 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.


  • 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.

  • Theatre by The Sea

Telephone: (401)782-8587, Address: 364 Cards Pond Road, Website: [9]. 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.

  • 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.


  • Matunuck Surf Shop, 706 Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-783-2566. It is a small local surfshop located just across from the entrance to South Kingstown Town Beach. The shop has a decent selection of surfboards, skateboards, wetsuits, surf accessories, and clothing. The prices are a little high but the proximity to the beach and water cannot be beat.
  • General ATMs. Two can be found in Matunuck. One is inside of the Ocean Mist and the other is inside the Seaview Marketplace, however a service fee is assessed by both. Also these machines are not re-filled very frequently so it would be best to use others outside of Matunuck.
  • Matunuck Laundromat, is located directly next to Just D's restaurant. It has several washers and dryers that can be used by the public for a small terminal fee.
  • Seaview Marketplace, 682 Matunuck Beach Rd, 401-788-9000. Seaview Marketplace offers one stop shopping for all of your vacation essentials. The market offers a full service deli with a variety of meats, cheeses, and salads. The deli can also make a number of sandwhiches from their homemade breads. From sunscreen and groceries to BBQ essentials this locally owned store truly carries everything one would need while vacationing in Matunuck.


  • Joyce’s Family Pub, 907 Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-284-4391 . Is Rhode Island’s oldest Irish Bar & Grille. It is a small, quaint establishment with a definite Irish atmosphere. Its menu is designed for transient beach goers, consisting of burgers, fries, chili, chicken tenders, and the like. There are also seafood entrees and nightly dinner specials.
  • The Ocean Mist, 895A Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-782-3740.Is a beach side club, bar, and restaurant with daily specials. Every Tuesday night after 8pm it’s “Ticket Tuesday” with $5 admission (includes 2 drinks), free billiards, young crowd, and pumping reggae music. Along with Tuesday night, Monday night is 'Taco night' (3 tacos for $3), Wednesday night is 'Wing night' (6 wings for $2), Thursday night is 'Two for one' (get any two Mexican meals for the price of one), and Friday night is fish and chips with a free bowl of chowder all day long. Along with these specials there is always a $3 draft beer of the month and don't forget the Ocean Mist was rated one of the top 14 American bars in 2009 by Esquire Magazine.
  • Vanilla Bean, 757 Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-334-8959. It is a welcomed attraction open seasonally in the summer. This small Ice Cream shop is conveniently situated right next to the beach and directly off the main road. RI Monthly has awarded the Vanilla Bean with the appellation of “Best Ice Cream” in 1990, 1991, 1995, and 1996.
  • Just D's. 706 Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-284-2231. Is a small diner type restaurant located next to the Matunuck Surf Shop across from the entrance to South Kingstown Town Beach. It offers a cheap diner style breakfast and lunch menu. There's not too much room to eat in the shop so it would be best to go somewhere else to eat your food.
  • Seaview Marketplace, 682 Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-788-9000. It is a small grocery, deli, and sandwich place all rolled into one open 7 days a week 7am-7pm. The deli in back of the market has unique subs and premade food as well a decent selection of cold cuts, steaks, cheese, and fish. The market offers all the essential products for an ideal vacation.
  • Seaview Cafe, 682 Matunuck Beach Rd., +1 401-788-9000. It is located directly adjacent to marketplace. From 10am-11am diner style breakfast is served, and from 11am-2pm diner style lunch is served. After 2pm Seaview Cafe become Seaview Pizza which offers a variety of specialty pizzas, calzones, bread, and pasta dishes, it closes around 8pm.


  • Matunuck Oyster Bar, 629 Succotash Road, 401-783-4202, [1]. 11:30 am to 9:00 pm. The Matunuck Oyster Bar overlooks the Potter's Pond areas of East Matunuck and Jerusalem, Rhode Island. Established in 2008, the restaurant features a raw bar which includes shrimp, local clams, and a variety of preparations of local oysters from surrounding farms. The menu has been compiled by a team of Johnston and Wales graduates and includes a number of different seafood dishes from grilled swordfish to fried oyster po boys. The bar includes a wine list featuring regional and international choices as well as a number of domestic and foreign bottled beers. Aside from the food and drinks offered, the restaurant, which is owned by the proprietor of the Matunuck Oyster Farms, offers tours of the farm, which covers the life of the oyster from initial generation to the time it reaches the restaurant. 15-30$.
  • Ocean Mist, 895A Matunuk Beach Road, 401-782-3740, [2]. This bar is located right on the water. They have Reggae nights every Tuesday and bands play occasionally on the weekends.
  • Tara’s Joyce Family Pub, 907 Matunuck Beach Road, (401) 284-1901. Tara's Joyce Family Pub celebrates its Irish roots with live traditional Irish music weekly. Nightly food and drink specials, including Wednesday night spaghetti and meatballs and Friday night fish and chips, have kept a devoted local following for years. This family operated bar has served Rhode Islanders for decades.


  • The Admiral Dewey Inn

Telephone Number: (401)783-2090, Address: 668 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: [11]. 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

[12]. 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.

  • 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.

Get Out

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, [13].

Burlingame State Campgrounds Telephone Number: (401)322-8910, Address: 75 Burlingame State Park Road, Charlestown, Website: [14]. 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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