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little compton versus Pt Judith?

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little compton versus Pt Judith?

We are planning to rent a house for a week mid July. Which is better location for us? Can we take the dog to the beach even "after hours"? We don't want ot be on super crowded beaches.

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1. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

The two are apples and oranges. Little Compton is very quiet and removed with only a couple restaurants, shops and a winery, there is a dog beach out at Sakonnet Point. Pt Judith is much more touristy, lots of restaurants and shops, not sure about dogs being on the beach.

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2. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

Yes, completely different. LC is lovely, one of the most beautiful coastal areas in New England really. Farms, ocean, etc. Most beaches are private. The town does have a public beach however, which is quite nice. But the PJ area will have more to offer overall in terms of things to do, etc.

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3. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

The beaches on Point Judith are Scarborough, which is adjacent to a sewage treatment plant. It gets awful smells whenever the wind is blowing from that direction. I would never step into the water there after having seen human waste wash up on the beach. Shame because it used to be the best beach in the state!

Then you have Wheeler beach, which locals call Sand Hill Cove, and Salty Brine State Beach in Galilee. I LOVE Galilee, but it's jam packed all summer long and parking is scarce. Sand Hill Cove has a lot more parking but it's inside the breakwater so there is no surf. Great for litlte ones, though. Both beaches are blanket-to-blanket on hot days.

On the plus side you've got a lot of great restaurants in Narragansett and South Kingstown.

Little Compton is far less crowded. If you plan to do a lot of cooking in, definitely choose LC. Quiet, no traffic, picturesque, If you wanted to go out to eat you could head to Fall River or even Newport, 45 minutes or so away.

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4. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

We used to go to Sand Hill Cove as kids. Loved it. I let my husband decide and he picked Pt. Judith. I probably would have gone with LC for the quiet. Maybe next year. Thanks

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5. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

You will not be able to bring your dog to the state beaches, nor to Narragansett Town Beach, after hours. However there is accessible coastline that is not a state and town beach where you can bring the dog. Some of it is pretty close to Sand Hill Cove. Check out the area on google maps to get some ideas of where you could go.

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6. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

Rest easy on your location choice; as so many of these beaches are in easy driving distance in RI, you can try a different one each day. Have a great time!

Edited: 22 June 2012, 19:44
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7. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

Absolutely what ILoveRI said! You can drive to Westerly to visit those beaches in about 20 minutes. Great restaurants in Narragansett include Spain (a LITTLE pricey, a LITTLE dressy), Turle Soup (the Spanky Pie is a great bargain! and dress up just a bit) and Crazy Burger (casual, delicious, but not really cheap).

If you hit a rainy day you could drive to Little Compton in a little over an hour. Visit Sakonnet Vineyards (food available and the wine tasting is fun!) and go ahead and drive down to the beach, which is free on a rainy day. Check it out for a future vacation. Get some ice cream at Gray's in Tiverton on the way back (coffee cabinets or ice cream... their claim to fame).

Hope you have a great vacation!

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8. Re: little compton versus Pt Judith?

I have been going to Little Compton every summer for 66 years. There is nothing to do there. That's why we love it. If you like beautiful scenery, access to fresh food and just-picked veggies, and extended time with friends and family, you will love Little Compton. But people who visit for shorter periods of time will scratch their heads and wonder what the attraction is.

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