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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.
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.
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 . Point Judith Marina, located at 360 Gooseberry Road, can be reached at (401)789-7189 or . Lastly, Snug Harbor Marina, located at 410 Gooseberry Road, can be reached at (401)783-7766 or .
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 . 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.
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).
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,  or by calling (401)295-1100.
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, , or by calling 781-9400.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Telephone: (401)782-8587, Address: 364 Cards Pond Road, Website: . 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.
Telephone: (401)783-2566, Address: 706 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: . 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.
Telephone: (401)783-4202, Address: 629 Succotash Road, Website: . 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.
Telephone Number: (401)782-3740, Address: 895 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: . 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.
Telephone Number: (401)789-4556, Address: 706 Succotash Road, Website: . 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.
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.
Telephone Number: (401)783-2306, Address: 250 Sand Hill Cove Road, Website: . 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.
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.
Telephone Number: (401)783-2090, Address: 668 Matunuck Beach Road, Website: . 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.
. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, .
Telephone Number: (401)322-8910, Address: 75 Burlingame State Park Road, Charlestown, Website: . 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.