South Shore Beach

Take in uninterrupted ocean views from South Shore Beach, a town beach in Little Compton. Swim, soak in the sun, cast out a fishing line, or take a long walk along the rock-scattered shore at the entrance to Buzzards Bay.

Features

The view east along the rocky shoreline of South Shore Beach in Little Compton

Take a scenic walk east down South Shore Beach to reach Goosewing Beach Preserve, a nature preserve on the shores of Quicksand Pond.

There’s nothing like the bustle of summer at South Shore Beach. This popular town beach is a great place to soak up the sun, play on the sand, and splash in the clear waters. Exposed to the open waters of Rhode Island Sound, this shoreline is one of the few places on the Bay where you may even be able to catch a wave!

Yet this beach isn’t just a destination for the summer months. Year-round, people flock to South Shore Beach for its stunning sunsets and water views, as well as great fishing in the spring and fall as fish migrate in and out of Buzzards Bay. If you’re up for a longer walk or in search of rare shorebirds, continue to the eastern half of the beach and enter Goosewing Beach Preserve. This Nature Conservancy reserve offers striking views of a salt pond ecosystem and hosts important bird habitat.

Habitats & Wildlife

South Shore Beach is stationed at the outer edge of Buzzards Bay, where its shores are swept by waves coming in from the Atlantic. These waters also see fish like striped bass passing by on their migrations in and out of Buzzards Bay, making this shoreline a great fishing spot.

South Shore Beach’s proximity to Quicksand Pond and the protected dunes of Goosewing Beach Preserve mean that you may see rare shorebirds, like terns and piping plovers, soaring overhead or skittering along the water’s edge. In the winter, when the crowds depart, you may also spot seals hauled out on the rocky sands.

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Details
Size: 9.6 acres
Hours: Dawn to 11pm
Parking: Large unpaved parking lot
Cost: $175 for season permit; $15/day weekdays, $20/day weekends
Dogs: Yes (Prohibited April 1 - September 1)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Kayak launch (shoreline), RV camping with town permit
Boat Ramp: No
Lifeguards: Yes (seasonal)
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
South Shore Rd.
Little Compton, RI 02837
41.494408, -71.136338
Town of Little Compton: (401) 635–4400

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

South Shore Beach
Little Compton, RI
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